Scouting the Bluegrass State

ITV provides you with an early look at some of the top junior football prospects in the state.

Over the coming weeks, Inside the Ville will begin introducing its members to the Bluegrass State's top junior football prospects, which will culminate into ITV's first annual Bluegrass 20, our list of the state's top 20 prospects.

Our initial list includes QB Chris Todd, who is considered the frontrunner for Mr. Football, TE/DE James McKinney, cousin in Stephen McKinney, who will join the U of L football program this fall, WR Maurice Urrutia, younger brother to Cardinal signee Mario Urrutia, and a host of others.

QUARTERBACKS

Xavier Braxton
6'3, 175
(Louisville Central)
Mobile quarterback who is a threat to run at all times. Threw for over 1,400 yards and 8 touchdowns, while rushing for an additional 6 touchdowns as a junior.

Chris Todd
6'3, 190
(Elizabethtown)
Could be the frontrunner for next season's Mr. Football. Has a great arm and displays an excellent understanding of the game when under pressure. Was an AP 2nd team All-State choice, as well as a Courier-Journal All-State honorable mention selection. Will receive attention from many of the top programs throughout the southeast.

RUNNING BACKS

Jesse Jones
6'1, 205
(Louisville Doss)
Somewhat of a sleeper prospect who should receive additional pub his senior season. He's a power back who could make the switch to fullback on the collegiate level.

Lee Renfro
6'1, 190
(Pulaski Southwestern)
Had great numbers as a junior, rushing for over 1,600 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns. Was named All-State honorable mention by the Courier-Journal. Also plays safety, where he recorded 100 tackles, 4 interceptions and 2 sacks.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Steve Garr
6'2, 175
(Louisville Male)
Saw limited action as a junior due to an injury, but is expected to blossom as a senior. Has been compared by some to a young Montrell Jones. Has already received attention from Louisville, as well others.

Maurice Urrutia
6'2, 190
(Louisville Fern Creek)
Younger brother of Louisville signee Mario Urrutia. Will be one of the top receiver prospects in the state next fall. Has good speed and displayed great hands and escapability. Is receiving interest from a number of regional programs, but is expected to be a Louisville lean.

TIGHT ENDS

James McKinney
6'4, 260
(Louisville Central)
James will be one of the top prospects in the state next fall. Committed very early to Michigan, but has since backed off and has expressed an interest in playing at the same school as his cousin, Stephen McKinney, who will join the U of L program in the fall. Was an AP All-State honorable mention choice at linebacker and a Courier-Journal 2nd Team All-State choice as a defensive lineman.

Chase Donner
6'3, 210
(Louisville Eastern)
Excellent size, but needs to improve blocking skills. Should see more play-making opportunities as a senior.

OFFENSIVE LINE

Trey Murphy
6'3, 300
(Louisville Eastern)
Towers over the opposing defensive linemen. Exhibits the ability to provide strong pass protection, but needs to improve his speed and run block over his senior season.

DEFENSIVE LINE

Brandon Deadrick
6'4, 230
(Elizabethtown)
A definite force on one of the state's top lines. Brandon was an AP 2nd Team All-State and a Courier-Journal 3rd team All-State selection. With great size and speed, Deadrick will continue to impress as a senior, drawing attention from a number of regional programs, including Louisville and Kentucky.

Earl Heyman
6'3, 240
(Louisville Ballard)
Among the top prospects in the state, Heyman was a Courier-Journal 2nd team All-State selection and an AP 1st team All-State choice as a junior. Is receiving interest from Louisville, as well as a number of regional programs.

LINEBACKERS

Issac Sherrer
6'1, 195
(Ft. Thomas Highlands)
Hard hitting linebacker, with great speed. Needs to add some weight prior to his senior season, but should attract attention from regional programs.

DEFENSIVE BACKS

Lamar Alston
6'2, 190
(Paducah Tilghman)
Great size for a developing defensive back. Lamar was an AP All-State honorable mention selection. Also plays receiver, but projects as a defensive back on the collegiate level.

Michael Schwindel,br> 6'3, 200
(Hancock County)
Amazing size, speed and pure ability who could develop into the top defensive prospect in the state. Was an AP 2nd team All-State and a Courier-Journal All-State honorable mention choice last year. Has already received interest from Louisville, as well as a number of schools in the southeast.


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