DeVante Parker's cousin 'real interested'

Malik Dow, who didn't play football this past season after transferring from Ballard High School to Mercer County in Harrodsburg, is still drawing serious interest from the University of Louisville. The standout wide receiver will make a visit for Junior Day on March 7.

Malik Dow has watched a lot of University of Louisville football in his life.

The former Ballard High School standout who is now a junior at Mercer County in Harrodsburg is the cousin of former U of L All-American wide receiver DeVante Parker.

"I love watching them," Dow said.

So, Dow was disappointed when this week's Junior Day was called off because of the weather. But he said he'll make the trip back to his hometown on March 7 when U of L will make up the Junior Day and said he's "very excited to talk to the coaches."

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Dow didn't play football at Mercer County after his transfer this past season but is a standout for the school's basketball team.

But in college he said he thinks "it might be football."

"Louisville is the only school recruiting me for football, but I'm real interested," he said. "I love watching coach (Bobby) Petrino's offense.

"It's up in the air, but I think I'm leaning towards football."

Dow, who averaged 11.7 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in basketball, said he's hearing from St. Louis, Troy and Kentucky Wesleyan in basketball.

"I like them both a lot, but I'm thinking maybe football," Dow said.

Dow said the U of L coaches have "done a great job," of keeping up with him through the move to Mercer County. He said offensive line coach Chris Klenakis is his main recruiter and "I really like the coaches there."

"They like my athleticism," he said. "They have been keeping up with me and it's good. I'm excited to come (March 7) to talk more with them."

Dow could play several positions, but will likely be a wide receiver - just like his cousin - at the college level.

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