The Wrap Up

This weeks 'wrap up' takes a closer look at where the Cardinals stand with some of the state's top prospects.

In what could arguably be the deepest and most talented class of prospects ever in the history of the State of Kentucky, the University of Louisville is flexing it's new Big East and Bowl Championship Series member muscles.

First off, not only is the state loaded with talent, but so is the City of Louisville, which could boast of being home to the majority of the top prospects.

Having had success recruiting the likes of Michael Bush, Brian Brohm and Mario Urrutia, U of L has created a new standard among the city's top prospects. A standard that now places the Cardinals program as seemingly the first choice for players in the River City. It has already reaped rewards for the class of 2005 with the commitment of Fairdale's Maurice Grinter.

Recently, Ballard's Earl Heyman told Inside the Ville, that staying home to play for the rising Louisville program would be a huge factor in his decision process. We expect others will consider the same.

Here's a look at some of the top prosects in Louisville and how U of L stands with them:

DL James McKinney
Central High School
Everyone is quite familiar with McKinney's decision to 'decommit' from Michigan to consider all of his options. His options are a plenty as it seems that a new offer surfaces with each passing day. Louisville has offered and is considered among his leaders. Despite reports stating that U of L wants him as a tight end, McKinney would likely come in as a defensive lineman if he commits to Petrino and staff.

ITV Opinion: Michigan continues to lead, but by the slightest of margains over Louisville.

RB Corey Goodson
Western High School
Louisville was the first to offer Goodson, who was the top rusher in Jefferson County last fall and continues to recruit him the hardest. Goodson isn't originally from the Louisville area and is open.

ITV Opinion: Goodson will likely take his time in making a decision, drawing more attention from schools in the south and midwest during his senior season.

DB/RB Alfonso Smith
Waggener High School
Smith received an offer from Louisville earlier this week to go along with offers from Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Runs very well and could play either position on the collegiate level.

ITV Opinion: Will likely come down to U of L or UK for Smith.

WR/DB Stephen Garr
Male Traditional High School
Despite missing half his junior season due to a minor injury, Garr is a top target for a number of programs throughout the region. Louisville has offered.

ITV Opinion: Garr will likely take his time in making a decision, but in the end he'll keep the UofL-Male pipeline intact.

DL Earl Heyman
Ballard High School
As reported on Thursday by ITV, Heyman currently holds offers by Louisville and Kentucky and lists the Cardinals, along with USC, Florida, Alabama and Arkansas as his favorites. Heyman took advantage of the his first day of summer break and made an unofficial visit to the U of L football facilities on Thursday afternoon.

ITV Opinion: Heyman will continue to see attention increase and offers come his way, but ITV see's Heyman as a Cardinal in the end.

WR/DB JuJuan Spillman
Pleasure Ridge Park High School
Spillman has made it clear that he wants to play basketball in college and that Louisville would be his first choice. He has the talent to play high Division IA basketball and football and will collect offers for both, but has yet to receive one from U of L.

ITV Opinion: Just as I felt about Chris Lofton, who will play basketball at Tennessee next season, Spillman could possibly excel further on the gridiron than on the hardwood.

WR Maurice Urrutia
Fern Creek High School
A very impressive receiver who will turn heads this fall as he becomes the number one target for the Fern Creek offense. Louisville was the first to offer Urrutia, who was recently named to South Hot 100 list.

ITV Opinion: Maurice will likely do just as his older brother and future Cardinal receiver Mario did and take his time before committing. In the end, he'll follow his brother and become a Cardinal.

Yes, there are others, such as Doss' Jesse Jones and Eastern's Trey Murphy, but for now I'll move on to players out in the state.

DB Lamar Alston
Paducah Tilghman High School
Alston currently has offers from Louisville and Wake Forest. With good size and impressive sub-4.5 speed, Alston is no longer a 'hidden gem' prospect. Kentucky has increased its efforts, as have a number of programs throughout the south.

ITV Opinion: It wouldn't surprise me if Alston decided to commit prior to the start of his senior season. It also wouldn't surprise if that commitment was to Louisville.

DE Brandon Deaderick
Elizabethtown High School
Louisville seemed to get off to a slow start with Deaderick, who collected early offers from Kentucky and Florida. He now holds an offer from the Cardinals.

ITV Opinion: Florida leads heavily at this point, followed by Kentucky. However, Louisville has quickly improved its odds over the past few weeks.

LB Brandon Logan
Lexington Catholic
His brother plays at UK. His cousin and close friend is James McKinney. Will either of those facts play a role in his decision? Logan holds numerous offers, which includes Louisville, Kentucky and Michigan.

ITV Opinion: I've heard the talk that Logan wants to head out of state, but there's a long way to go and opinions can change. After a couple out of state programs, Kentucky is a strong leader.

OL Cory Zirbel
Murray High School
At 6-foot-7, 305-pounds, everyone seems to heavily recruiting Zirbel. Offers are starting to pour in and his options are increasing. U of L has extended a scholarship offer.

ITV Opinion: Early opinion was that he'd head to Big 10 country, but heavy interest from programs such as Miami and Florida are opening things up. Both Louisville and Kentucky remain strong.

The list could easily continue, so keep an eye out for future updates on players such as Blake Bowling, Kevin Bramblett, Chris Todd, William Lewis, Curtis Pulley, Lee Renfro, Michael Schwindel and more.

That's it for this weeks 'wrap up.' Next week we'll bring you exclusive coverage of the MSL/ Combine being held on the campus of the University of Cincinnati on Saturday.

Make sure to keep your eye focused on the Hot News every day so you won't miss an ounce of news on the Cardinals recruiting front.

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