The 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle is impressive in his highlight video that was recently mailed to a few programs and it caused interest to rise. Both Louisville and Kentucky visited over the weekend to watch him workout.
"All of them wanted to see him move because his tape is impressive with his explosion," explained South Warren defensive coordinator Brandon Smith. "Once they saw him move, I think he was a no-brainer for them at that point."
After watching him work out on Saturday, the Cardinals extended a scholarship offer. Kentucky followed suit on Monday. Prior to the weekend, Middleton held offers from WKU and Middle Tennessee State.
"I got offers from Kentucky and Louisville," he told Scout.com's Brian Eldridge. "It was huge. I couldn't believe it was happening to me."
Last season, Middleton, who attended Junior Day at Indiana, Kentucky and Western Kentucky, registered 59 tackles.
"He's very explosive for his size," said Smith. "Defensive lineman are hard to find because you need you find guys that can move and he's a guy that can move like a skill kid. I think that's what separates him with others."
Middleton, who has yet to visit Louisville, joins Reggie Bonnafon of Trinity, Conner's Drew Barker and Matt Elam of John Hardin as in-state prospects with an offer from the Cardinals.