Focused Towbridge talks present and future

Toledo (OH) Central Catholic tight end Keith Towbridge pledged to the University of Louisville in April. caught up with the 3-star prospect and discussed his present and future.

As the starting tight end for one of the top ranked high school teams in Ohio, Keith Towbridge (6'5, 250) remains focused on the present and future.

"We're 5-0 right now, so we're off to a good start," Towbridge said of his Toledo (OH) Central Catholic team. "We're ranked #1 in division two and I think #7 in the state overall."

Towbridge is apart of a high-powered offense at Central Catholic, which is averaging over 52 points an outing. His 32-yard touchdown reception in week three was one of the highlight's from his team's 35-7 victory. He currently has 7 catches for 100 yards.

"I'm doing the things that I can to help my team win," he told Cardinal Authority. "I know I've scored two touchdowns. I also block and play defense."

As a junior, Towbridge's primary responsibility was to protect the quarterback and create openings for the running game. He received 2nd team All-League and All-District honorable mention honors following the 2011 season.

"Last year his primary focus was to provide blocking for the running game, so he probably didn't get the type of notice that he should have," said Central Catholic head coach Greg Dempsey. "This year he's a lot more involved in both pass and run. He's a two-way starter, playing tight end and defensive end for us."

After considering scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska and others, Towbridge committed to the University of Louisville in April.

"I made this decision because it's a great fit for me," he said at the time. "My mom wanted me to play for a coaching staff that she can trust to make me into a great player and a man."

Central Catholic head coach Greg Dempsey told Cardinal Authority that his starting tight end isn't the same prospect that many college coaches saw last season.

"Last year, schools were recruiting him because of his potential," Dempsey said. "They saw his size and athletic ability and knew that he could become something. This year he has taken his game to another level. He's not just potential anymore. He's a player that opponents have to game plan and prepare for. He's a physical receiver and blocker."

The 3-star prospect was in attendance for Louisville's season-opening win over rival Kentucky.

"It was a great experience. I really liked being down on the field for the pre-game and to feel the energy. While I was watching the tight ends to see how they go through their pre-game, I kept thinking to myself, wow, this will be me in a year!"

Towbridge hasn't scheduled another visit to Louisville, but will make an official visit closer to national signing day.

Also an All-State honorable mention performer in basketball, Towbridge continues to receive interest from inquiring college programs.

"They do, but I'm not focusing on that at all," Towbridge explained. "I stay focused on the next game, school and improving so I'm ready to go when I get to Louisville. I want to get stronger and be ready to do the things that I will need to do."

"Louisville's not only getting a great talent, but they are also getting a great young man," Dempsey said. "His leadership and maturity level have grown so much. He's really become a spot on kid, both on and off the field."

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