Scouting the Bluegrass State: Elizabethtown HS

Elizabethtown High School is home to three of the higher rated prospects in the state in Chris Todd, Zipp Duncan and Brandon Deaderick.

This week's edition of Scouting the Bluegrass State takes us to 2003 Class AA state runner-up Elizabethtown High School.

This season Elizabethtown will buck the trend for smaller schools, as it will find itself a frequent stop for college coaches making recruiting stops for not just one standout prospect, but three, which is a rare occurrence on the AA level.

The Panthers have three legit high Division I prospects in quarterback Chris Todd, tight end Zipp Duncan and defensive end Brandon Deaderick.

Todd, considered by many as the early front-runner for Kentucky's Mr. Football award, established himself as one of the top prospects in the state last fall while helping guide the Panthers to a 12-3 record. His junior statistics rank among some of the best ever produced in a single season. He ranks first in state history for completions and attempts in a season and his 4,595 yards is the second highest total ever. He finished his junior campaign completing 63.7% of his attempts and an amazing 50 touchdowns.

Following the season, Todd was named 2nd team All-State and quickly drew the attention from a number of college programs throughout the region.

"I'm trying not to make it a big deal," Todd said of his accomplishments to date and the attention he's starting to receive. "It's something that you dream of as a kid."

While his dream of winning a state championship is very attainable, his dream of playing in college is becoming a reality.

He recently received his first scholarship offer from North Carolina and is also receiving high interest from Louisville, Kentucky, Notre Dame, Georgia and Indiana.

"It felt pretty good and was a relief," Todd explained of receiving his first offer. "They sent me a two page letter and in the second paragraph it offered a full scholarship."

He will be making his first unofficial visit this weekend as a guest of the U of L football program for the Cardinals basketball game against Memphis.

With the Cardinals signing All-American Brian Brohm in the recent class some might expect highly-sought after quarterbacks not to give U of L much interest, but that isn't the case with Todd.

"It wouldn't effect my decision," explained Todd. "He'll probably play some this year and I would probably redshirt my first year, so it would give me the chance to play a couple years which is normal for [the quarterback] position."

One of Todd's favorite to throw to is tight end Zipp Duncan, who at 6'4, 235-pounds provides a great target.

An all-state honorable mention selection as a junior, Duncan appears to be receiving the highest amount of attention of the three at the moment.

While speaking with his father Steve Duncan, he pulled out the stack of letters and rattled off an impressive list of schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Cincinnati, Florida State, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Marshall, Miami, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.

Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville and Kentucky appear to expressing the highest interest at the moment which will likely result in unofficial visits throughout the coming months.

Duncan will join Todd at Louisville this weekend and will likely make junior day visits to Kentucky, Auburn and Arkansas.

"I'm pretty much wide open right now," explained Duncan, who scored a 27 on his ACT as a sophomore and hopes to study either physical therapy or sports broadcasting while in college. "I want to go somewhere that will help me to develop and get to the [NFL], as well as getting a good education."

Playing on both sides of the ball Duncan produced impressive numbers at both tight end and defensive tackle. Offensively he pulled in 62 receptions for 735 yards and 11 touchdowns, while on defense he totaled 99 tackles, three sacks and an interception.

Playing alongside Duncan on the Elizabethtown defensive line is 6'3, 235-pound end Brandon Deaderick.

Like Todd and Duncan, Deaderick was also an All-State choice as a junior.

"It felt good to get that," said Deaderick of his 2nd team AP All-State selection. "It did make me hungrier though because I know I can do better."

As a junior, Deaderick totaled 95 tackles, while registering an impressive 21 sacks.

Deaderick, who told ITV that he grew up cheering for the Cardinals, has seen interest increase the last few weeks as well.

"I'm getting letters from Indiana, Marshall, Middle Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida and Tennessee," said Deaderick. "I haven't received anything from Louisville yet, but I probably will."

While Deaderick may soon find interest from the Cardinals coaching staff, it does admit that Kentucky would likely be his leader at the moment.

"Loyalty is big to me and Kentucky has recruited me for awhile, so if I decided right now now it would probably be UK over U of L," explained Deaderick, who continued to explain that it is too early and that his opinion could change.

The Cardinals move to the Big East Conference could also make a difference.

"You really can't go wrong either way with the Big East or SEC," Deaderick continued. "I do want to play for a team that wins, so I want to see how all the teams do this year before making decision."

Winning is something that Deaderick and his teammates are becoming accustomed to and wouldn't surprise anyone if they ran the table this fall while attempting to return to the Class AA title game and give Elizabethtown its first state crown since 1969.

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