Heyman "honored" to be US Army All-American

Ballard defensive lineman Earl Heyman officially became a U.S. Army All-American on Friday night, when he also announced that the hometown Cardinals are his leaders.

Earl Heyman now officially joins James McKinney of Louisville Central, along with Brian Cushing and Jerome Hayes, as a prospect that will be playing in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and lists Louisville among his favorites.

On Friday night, the first team All-State selection of a year ago, was officially presented with his U.S. Army All-American jersey and cap, signifying his participation in the January 15th event in the San Antonio Alamodome.

"It's a big honor," Heyman said. "I'm proud of myself and I'm proud of my teammates, because without them I would never have made it this far. I'm proud of my coach and how he has helped me."

As mentioned, Heyman will join fellow Louisvillian James McKinney in the event and the two plan on traveling together to San Antonio.

"McKinney and I are going to share a room," said Heyman. "We grew up together, so it's a big privilege for both of us. Even though we have always been rivals, we still like and respect each other."

With two from Louisville going and possibly one more from the state to be invited, Heyman views it as a sign of the continued growth of football in the Bluegrass.

Heyman records a sack (ITV)
"Football in this state is just getting bigger and bigger."

Prior to Friday's game against district rival Trinity, officials from the U.S. Army All-American committee were on hand to present Heyman with the honor. Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, who's son plays for Trinity, along with U of L assistant Kevin Wolthausen and a Boston College assistant were also on hand.

During the pregame ceremony, Heyman was asked about his recruiting process, which he promptly replied that Louisville was his leader.

"That's true," Heyman said afterwards about that statement. "I feel pretty strongly about Louisville."

As a number players did during last years U.S. Army All-American bowl, Heyman is considering announcing his decision during the event.

"I might...that's possible," Heyman said.

NOTE: Scout.com, formerly TheInsiders.com, is the exclusive of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game. In addition to in-depth coverage of the game, recruiting fans also will be excited to learn that during Bowl week, Scout.com experts will have exclusive coverage of the U.S. Army National Combine Presented by Reebok, a premier prep event, which invites the nation's top 400 underclassmen to San Antonio. Scout.com experts will be the official selection partners for the Combine and fans will get the earliest look possible at the nation's top underclassmen. Scout.com will be providing exclusive video, highlights and interviews of the players that will be unavailable on any other sports online network.

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