Scouting Stop: St. X at Male

With a few senior prospects and numerous future prospects playing in what has become an annual must see contest, ITV headed to see #1 St. X visit Male on Friday night.

In what has become one of the premier matchups in the Louisville area over the past decade, St. X visited district rival Male on Friday night. St. X entered the contest rated as the state's top program and set out to prove that they were worthy of such a ranking.

Following an early 51 yard touchdown run by Male senior tailback Travis Waters, which gave Male a 7-0 first quarter lead, St. X took over and dominated on both sides of the ball. Behind the powerful running of back K.J. Austin-Bruce and a stingy defense, St. X held Male scoreless the remainder of the way and won convincingly 35-7.

K.J. Austin-Bruce (ITV)
St. X was led by tailback K.J. Austin-Bruce, who is quickly building a name for himself throughout the state. The 5'11, 210-pound senior entered the 2003 season as somewhat of an unknown to many around the state, having spent nearly half of his junior season on the sidelines due to an injury. He entered Friday's game averaging nearly 135 rushing yards a game and once again displayed his strong running abilities.

"I just feel blessed that I got the injury out of the way early," explained Austin-Bruce. "I prepared and worked hard during the off season so I could avoid another injury and have a good year."

Against Male, Austin-Bruce rushed for 180 yards on just 20 carries, for an impressive average of 9.0 yards per carry. He accounted for two St. X scores, when he broke free for a runs of 30 and 57 yards respectively. Making his statistics even more impressive is that Austin-Bruce accomplished it all in only three quarters of action.

However, most likely due to his previous injury, most college recruiters have yet to discover Austin-Bruce.

"Just a little really," replied Austin-Bruce when asked about interest from colleges. "Just Middle Tennessee State...they've sent letters and have called."

While Middle Tennessee State may be the only program that has expressed an interest in him to this point, Austin-Bruce can expect to see interest from others increase as the season continues on.

St. X head coach Mike Glaser talked highly of his senior running back and believes that the interest will pick up soon.

"He's an outstanding back and has really good speed," said Glaser. "He's worked so hard all year long. He's a big, strong back and he catches the ball extremely well. I think Louisville would love to have him. I think he'd be a really good fit there. We're trying to tout him as a west coast type of fullback and I think he'd be great. He's a great kid too...class act."

St. X quarterback Brian Bishop also turned in a highlight reel type of evening. While he rarely threw the ball and finished the game with just one completion, a 37 yard touchdown pass to receiver Dustin Deeley, it was his ability to run and direct the St. X offense that stood out on Friday night.

Bishop put St. X's first score on the board, when on a quarterback keeper, he bounced to the outside and displayed surprising quickness in racing to a 70 yard touchdown run. He finished the contest with 114 yards rushing on 11 carries.

Scouts Eye:

St. X

Dan Bick (ITV)
LB Dan Bick: Due to an early season injury, this was the first time that I have been able to see Bick in action and realized why he is receiving attention from programs around the region, including from both Louisville and Kentucky. The 6'1, 203-pound linebacker was quick to the ball and displayed good coverage skills.

K Leo Fante: Fante has a strong leg and great kickoff accuracy. The senior will most likely find a home on a Division I program as a preferred walkon.

Nick Redmond (ITV)
DE Nick Redmond: Redmond has great size (6'4, 245) and good speed for the end position. He was frequently in the Male backfield and was great in closing rushing lanes.




WR/DB Steve McKinney: Has a great frame at 6'2, 190-pounds and will most likely play the safety position on the next level. Having joined the football team for his senior season, after playing basketball for the Bulldogs throughout high school, McKinney is still learning the game and could very develop into a productive Division I player.

Travis Watters (ITV)
RB Travis Watters: Watters would my choice for the biggest sleeper prospect in the Louisville area. His 5'9, 160-pound size keeps a lot of bigger programs from expressing much interest in him, which could be a mistake. He is quick and very elusive at both receiver and running back. He also returns kicks for Male and has turned what appeared to be a short yardage opportunity into long returns numerous times. Western Kentucky and Eastern Kentucky are both strongly interested in having Watters become apart of their programs. Against St. X, Watters rushed for 96 yards on 13 carries.

Male is loaded with talented underclassmen and here are a few to keep your eye on for the future:

WR Steve Garr (6'3, 195) Junior
RB Marcus Hughes (5'9, 175) Sophomore
WR Doug Beaumont (5'9, 155) Freshman

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