Scouting the Bluegrass: Male Traditional

No matter the year, Bob Redman's Louisville Male Traditional High School football squad is considered among the favorites for the Class 4A Title and 2004 is no exception.

No stranger to preseason hype is Bob Redman's Louisville Male football team. Year in, year out, the Bulldogs find themselves ranked among the state's top AAAA teams and consistantly produces some of the top prospects, such as current Cardinals Michael Bush, Matt Sanders, Sergio Spencer and Steve McKinney.

2004 will be no different. In fact, the expectations building around this years Male squad are extremely high, as many consider the Bulldogs the team to beat this fall.

The reason for the high optimism is due to the high number of current or future Division IA athletes on Redman's squad, highlighted by its top senior prospect Stephen Garr, a likely hidden gem in Jahi Peak, junior Brian Anderson and sophomore Doug Beaumont, who was apart of what some consider the strongest class of players ever assembled at Male.

Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Vanderbilt and Nebraska.

While Louisville is Garr's only official offer to date, there's no question that many more will be extended over the coming weeks.

Another senior that Louisville, as well as others have their eye on is lineman Jahi Peak, who is relative unknown at this point.

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  • Despite being 6-foot-4 and 250-pounds, Peak didn't start playing football until his junior season and developed rapidly over the course of the season.

    He has above average speed for an athlete his size and turned a few heads during the Jefferson County High School Coaches Combine earlier this spring.

    "For a big kid he can run," Redman said of Peak. "We'll probably play him at tackle this season, but he's could probably play guard in college."

    Because of his short football career, Redman agrees that Peak is likely a 'hidden gem' prospect that will see interest increase throughout his senior season.

    "He very well may be a sleeper prospect," continued Redman. "He is really going to sneak up on some people."

    Part of Peak's responsibilites this fall will be to protect junior quarterback Brian Anderson, who will entering his second year as the Bulldogs starting quarterback.

    As a full-time starter last fall, Anderson developed with each passing game. At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds Anderson is poised to have a season that will establish him as one of the rising prospects in the junior class.

    Anderson will have high quality targets to throw to, including Garr and sophomore Doug Beaumont.

    Beaumont, who is ITV's top rated sophomore in Jefferson County, was expected to play a large role last fall as a true freshman and he lived up to the potential.

    In addition to receiver, Beaumont will see action in the backfield, as well as in the Bulldog secondary. Due his elusiveness, he's also likely the top candidate to replace the now graduated Travis Waters and handle kick and punt returns.

    Another player to keep an eye on for the future is incoming freshman Dexter Heyman, the younger brother of Ballard's Earl Heyman.

    Louisville Male will open its 2004 season just as it did it 2003 by visiting Class AAA Oldham County.

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