Ballard star DL getting early interest

Louisville Ballard defensive lineman Earl Heyman is expected to be one of the highest sought after prospects in the Bluegrass State this fall. ITV caught up with him after his action in the Ballard - Oak Hill basketball game.

In what appears to be a deep and talented pool of quality Division I football prospects in the State of Kentucky this fall, Louisville Ballard defensive lineman Earl Heyman will unquestionably be near the top of any list.

As Oak Hill Academy played Louisville Ballard on the hardwood of the Louisville Gardens on Thursday evening, nearly everyone was focused on Louisville signee Brian Johnson, as well as his other Oak Hill teammates, including Rajon Rondo and Josh Smith. Following the game, Inside the Ville made sure to catch up with one of the Bruins, Earl Heyman, who could likely be one of the Cardinals top football targets, following the game.

Following a breakout season as a junior, Heyman (6'3, 240) was the top vote-getter and only junior named to the Associated Press First Team All-State list. He was also named Second Team All-State by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

"I was like 'wow,' but I know that I can still get even better," Heyman said of the honor.

Participating in basketball is just one aspect that is helping Heyman to continue to improve as he prepares for his senior season.

"I want to be the best that I can be," said Heyman. "I lift weights just about every morning, I run at basketball practice...I'm just trying to get better everyday."

With his focus and dedication on improving his on the field performance, opposing quarterbacks are sure to take note, as Heyman, who will likely play defensive end in college, believes his ability to get into the opposing backfield is his strength.

"I can pursue really well," explained Heyman. "Sometimes I might be sluggish because I play on both sides of the ball, but for the most part, I get to the ball really good and get a rush on the quarterback."

With his impressive 6'4, 240-pound frame, coupled with his determination, Heyman is sure to receive plenty of attention from programs throughout the region and country.

"U of L, Florida, Purdue, Kentucky, Indiana and USC," Heyman said of those expressing early interest.

Heyman, who grew up in Louisville, expresses the true meaning of a student-athlete when asked if he had an early favorite.

"I have no idea really. I just want to get a good education because that is important to me."

Heyman, who will be listed on the ITV Bluegrass 20 list, will be attending a few football camps this spring and summer, but has yet to decide on which he will attend.

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