Earl Heyman names favorites

One of the top prospects in the Louisville area, as well as the state, Earl Heyman, spoke with ITV recently and named his current favorites.

During the spring recruiting period when college coaches could visit high schools, Louisville Ballard defensive end Earl Heyman saw his share stop by to express their interest.

"There were a lot that came by the school," Heyman told Inside the Ville. "Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Louisville, Michigan State, Kentucky, Clemson, Indiana and Baylor were some of them."

Heyman, who now measures 6-foot-3, 260-pounds, is taking the recruiting process in stride and is learning to enjoy the once in a lifetime experience.

"It feels great to be wanted," Heyman explained.

After posting impressive numbers as a junior, which included 34 tackles for a loss and 15 sacks, Heyman was the only underclassman named to the Associated Press 1st Team.

"I want to be even better for my senior year," continued Heyman. "I want to get more sacks and help Ballard get to state."

With so many schools showing interest, Heyman will be forced to make a difficult decision later this year in making his college choice, but admits that one factor will play a major role in his choice.

"To be honest, that will be a big part of my decision," Heyman said of the thought of staying home to play and following in the footsteps of other Louisville prep stars Michael Bush, Brian Brohm and Mario Urrutia. "The idea of going away to play is exciting too, but staying here to play will be a big part of my decision."

That line of thinking has already lead Heyman to include the hometown Cardinals amongst his current top five.

"Right now my top five would be Southern Cal, Florida, Louisville, Alabama and Arkansas," Heyman said. "I don't have a favorite out of those right now."

Heyman made visits to Louisville, Kentucky and Notre Dame earlier this spring and anticipates touring U of L's facilities further during the summer.

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