Louisville eyeing 2012 in-state stars

Louisville has extended a handful of offers to 2012 in-state prospects, and the Cardinals are watching several other players closely this off-season. InsideTheVille.com has a rundown on Louisville's top in-state prospects.

In-state 2012 prospects with Louisville offers
Joe Manley, OL, Bowling Green – Perhaps the top offensive lineman in Kentucky's 2012 class, Manley holds offers from both Kentucky and Louisville. A three-star prospect, the 6-6, 300-pound Manley unofficially visited Louisville last fall. Manley plans to visit several schools in the coming weeks and is expected to make a spring decision.

Tyrone Pearson, DT, Seneca – Perhaps the top defensive lineman in the state, Pearson has offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Illinois, Indiana, UCF, Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee. A three-star prospect, Pearson earned accolades for his performance at the U.S. Army All-American combine. As a junior, Pearson recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks.

Zeke Pike, QB, Dixie Heights – One of the top quarterback prospects in the nation, Pike has piled up offers from seemingly all of college football's heavyweight programs. Louisville and Kentucky have offered the four-star prospect. So has Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Tennessee, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Notre Dame, North Carolina, USC and several others. Pike, 6-6, 230, threw for 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,400 and 17 scores as a junior.

Patrick Towles, QB, Highlands – Overshadowed by Pike, Towles has picked up offers from Louisville, Cincinnati and Illinois. A 6-5, 235-pound quarterback prospect, Towles led Highlands to a 14-1 record and a state championship as a junior. Towles threw for 2,471 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for 882 yards and 18 touchdowns.

Anthony Wales, RB, Central – The most electrifying offensive prospect in Kentucky, the speedy Wales holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and Northwestern. A threat to score any time he touches the ball, the 5-9, 170-pound Wales led Central to the state championship as a junior. The three-star prospect rushed for 2,994 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He also had 209 receiving yards and one score.

In-state 2012 prospects on Louisville's watch-list
Tyler English, OL, Trinity – The 6-4, 265-pound lineman awaits his first offer, Heile is receiving interest from Kentucky, Indiana and Louisville.

Patrick Graffree, DL, Central Hardin – A teammate of 2011 Louisville signee John Wallace, Graffree was an honorable mention All-State selection last season. A 6-4, 245-pound defensive lineman made several visits to Louisville last season.

Jadarion Harmon, WR, Paducah Tilghman – A two-way star for Paducah Tilghman, Harmon recorded 500 receiving yards and six touchdowns, while making 80 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

John Heile, OL, Trinity – One of the state's top offensive line prospect, the 6-4, 275-pound Heile is receiving interest from Kentucky, Louisville and Vandy.

MeKale McKay, WR, Moore – A 6-5, 190-pound wide receiver, McKay is receiving interest from Louisville, Kentucky and Illinois.

Vincent Miller, WR, Henry Clay – A speedy 5-10, 170-pound prospect, Miller is one of the state's top wide receivers.

Daniel Ross, DL, Jeffersontown – Ross, an athletic defensive end from Jeffersontown, has an early offer from Kentucky. Louisville will continue to monitor his progress this spring.

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