Los Angeles trio prepare for move to Louisville

Incoming freshmen Antwaun Giddens, Eddie Miller and B.J. Vickers are preparing for their move to Louisville.

Incoming freshmen and high school teammates Eddie Miller, Antwuan Giddens and B.J. Vickers are all preparing for their graduation from Venice Senior High School in Los Angeles and looking forward to their move to Louisville.

I spoke with Vickers and Miller recently and they both shared their excitement about joing the Cardinals program. "I'm real excited," explained Vickers. "I'm finishing up and buckeling down on things to get ready for graduation. I can't wait to get there and get started."

The threesome expect to arrive in Louisville on July 7th and begin summer school shortly afterwards.

All three recently participated in the Los Angeles East v. West All-Star game, playing on the West squad, which won 17-3.

Miller described the preperation and game as their spring football. "We had two weeks of preperation in practice, so it was really our spring football," explained Miller, who started at quarterback in the contest. "It really kicked off our training."

Both Miller and Giddens had great games. Miller, while limited to just nine plays, completed both of his pass attempts for 96-yards. He also had one carry for 18-yards, which included, "one hell of a block" by Giddens.

Giddens led his team with 8 receptions for 120 yards and 2 touchdowns and was honored as the games MVP. The play of the game may have been the first, when Miller connected to Giddens for a deep touchdown.

Vickers, who told me he was a little disappointed that he didn't get more opportunites, finished the contest with just one reception.

Miller, who visited the U of L campus during spring practice, left impressed by the coaches, players and the support.

"When I first got there, a lot of the players were saying that Coach Petrino was a little too hard with discipline," explained Miller. "By the time we had the team party after the spring game everyone was talking about how much better things have become since [Coach Petrino] came [to Louisville]."

"I was also really surprised by the support," continued Miller. "The crowd at the spring game was impressive!"

When I asked Vickers what he is looking forward to doing once he begins practicing with the team, he explained that he will work hard to prove himself to the coaches and fellow teammates.

"I'm going to work as hard as I can," said the 6'3, 207-pound wide receiver. "I want to show that I can be just as good or better as anyone on the team."

All three appear to in good shape qualifying as freshman. Miller, who is fully qualified, informed me that B.J. and Antwuan are on track to complete their core courses and should have the needed test scores to be able to qualify.


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