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Male 7-on-7: News & Notes

News & notes from this past weekend's 7-on-7 tournament held at Male High School, including the lastest on the prospects that you know, such as Maurice Urrutia, Corey Goodson, Blake Boyd, Earl Heyman and James McKinney, as well as news on the ones you may not know...yet.<p><B>EXTRA: <a href="http://louisville.theinsiders.com/2/267095.html">ITV Gallery: Male HS 7-on-7</b></a>

We'll begin with the latest on the prospects you most likely know...

Blake Boyd
Madisonville
ITV featured QB/DE/LB Blake Boyd (yes, he can play any of the three positions) on Saturday evening in a video interview. Boyd, who quickly drew our attention on Saturday, attended Louisville's Senior Day camp on Sunday and left with an offer.

Following the camp, Boyd, who claims to be a "big U of L fan," returned to the Louisville facilities and had a chance to sit down with U of L head coach Bobby Petrino.

"He asked me how I liked it there and things like that," explained Boyd, who likely projects as a defensive end or tight end at the college level. "He did offer me a scholarship too. I told him that I would think it over and call him back about it."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound prospect anticipates making a college decision by late August.

Stephen Garr
Louisville Male
Garr performed better on Saturday, then he did the night before. Following a few Male offensive series, myself and Mike were in agreement that Garr is an excellent possession receiver, similar to former Cardinal Lavell Boyd. Then he started to shine on defense as well, making one impressive pass breakup after another.

Garr, who has an offer from U of L, plans on focusing on his senior season before setting his sights on making a college decision.

Corey Goodson
Louisville Western
There are players that love every moment of the recruiting process and then there are those who pay it little attention. Corey Goodson is more of the later. Instead of spending hours reading through the various letters he is receiving, he spends that time preparing for his senior year at Western High School.

Having rushed for over 3,000 yards in two seasons, Goodson has drawn the attention of numerous college programs. While there is little doubt of his abilities with the ball in his hand, Goodson was equally as impressive on Saturday in the Western defensive secondary. He exhibited very good cover skills and the ability to effectively close on a receiver while in zone coverage.

ITV learned that in addition to and offer from Louisville, Goodson has offers from Kentucky and Miami of Ohio. While Goodson continues to claim no leaders at this point, ITV learned that the Cardinals may be at an advantage, in that Cardinal commit Maurice Grinter and Goodson are close friends, living just a few houses apart from each other.


Earl Heyman
Earl Heyman
Louisville Ballard
Despite being an imposing defensive end, Earl Heyman participated with Ballard in the 7-on-7 tournament, playing mostly at tight end. While there is no chance that he'd be moved off the defensive line in college, Heyman credits the 7-on-7 format for helping him to improve his speed and footwork.

During a brief stopage of play on Saturday afternoon, Heyman visited with ITV, once again listing his favorites. His latest list consists of Louisville, USC, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida and Nebraska. While not listing Kentucky, he did mention that they may climb into his favorites after a another visit or two to the campus in Lexington.


Touchdown McKinney!
James McKinney
Louisville Central
Many have questioned why the tight end position keeps being mentioned with the 6-foot-3, 275-pound McKinney. On Saturday he showed why!

McKinney runs his routes very well, has great hands and very deceptive speed. One play that stood out on the afternoon, was when McKinney, breaking from the line of scrimmage, spun away from his defender, broke up the middle of the field and pulled in a 20-yard reception.

Now up to about 35 or so offers, McKinney plans on taking his time before making a decision. He plans on evaluating all options before narrowing the schools offering down to a true list of favorites.

 

Maurice Urrutia
Louisville Fern Creek
It's almost unfair to any defensive back that is given the responsibility to cover the 6-foot-4, 175-pound Maurice Urrutia.

Urrutia breaks off the line of scrimmage extremely well and runs tight routes. His height obviously allows him to elevate and pull in difficult receptions as well.

Somewhat surprisingly, Louisville continues to be his only offer to date, but more are certain to come for Urrutia, who attended Louisville's Senior Day on Sunday.


Now for some of the players you might not know...

Brian Anderson
Louisville Male
Anderson, who is entering his junior year, appears to have improved considerably since his sophomore year when he took over the reigns as starting quarterback for the Bulldogs.

Anderson's arm strength and improved patience in the pocket were noticable over the weekend.

Anthony Burns
Louisville Central
Burns was one of the top receivers on Saturday, pulling anything thrown close to him. In fact, I lost count on how many touchdowns he converted for Central.

The 6-foot-1, 170-pound receiver, who also see's some action in the Yellowjackets secondary, has great hands and isn't afraid to go up in traffic to make the catch.

Louisville and a host of Division I-AA programs have been sending letters of interest and a strong senior season should eventually lead to a scholarship offer from atleast Eastern and Western.

Xavier Braxton
Louisville Central


Xavier Braxton
Saturday was my first opportunity to really focus on Braxton's ability at quarterback...possibly due to the fact that he frequently threw to teammate James McKinney.

Braxton, who is also a threat to run, has above average arm strength and throws a very accurate ball. His size (6'3, 175) allows him to see the field well and he does a nice job checking off receivers.

While he has yet to receive an offer, Braxton is receiving interest from Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and a number of Ivy League programs. Most like him as a quarterback, while Louisville likes him as an athlete, possibly a safety.

Jacob Hundley
Breathitt County
Hundley is a player that I'd really like to see play in a real game situation. He plays quarterback and defensive end for Breathitt County and has impressive size at 6-foot-5, 220-pounds.

His arm strength was impressive and I was somewhat surprised by his consistant accuracy. He is the top of prospect that also brings extremely hard work and a lot of heart to a football team. An example is how he spends his summers. After cutting tobacco all afternoon, Hundley will run five miles prior to returning home in the evening.

Louisville has expressed an interest in him on the defensive side of the ball, while Kentucky and a few others have shown an interest in his abilities at quarterback.

Jeremy Jones
Louisville Central
Jeremy Jones is the younger brother to U of L defensive end Marcus Jones. He moved to Louisville over the summer from Florida and will play in the Yellowjackets secondary this fall.

Jones, who told me that he is still learning the cornerback position, has a great frame at 6-foot-0, 180-pounds. He plans on focusing on adding strength and speed over the summer.

The Cardinal coaches have expressed an interest in Jones and will likely be keeping a close eye on his development over the '04 season.

Demarco Williams
Louisville Ballard
Demarco Williams will be a name that will rise to the surface quickly once the 2004 high school season gets underway. Just entering his junior year, Williams sat out all of 2003 after suffering a broken leg.

His size alone (6'5, 215) drew my attention, but his play at the receiver position was very impressive. Williams will play defensive end for the Bruins and has the speed and strength that will cause havoc, as well as opportunities for teammate Earl Heyman, this fall. Williams will be one of the top players in the 2005 class and will likely be recruited nationally.

A few others to remember..

WR/DB Doug Beaumont
Louisville Male
(sophomore)
WR/DB K.J. Black
Louisville Fern Creek
(junior)
DB Dexter Heyman
Louisville Male
(freshman)
WR/DB/KR Craig Smith
New Albany
(senior)
DB/WR Garnet Phelps
Louisville Ballard
(junior)


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