Heyman Favors "The Ville"

Among the many highly rated defensive line prospects Louisville is seeking is Ballard's Earl Heyman and the U.S. Army All-American recently told Inside the Ville that the Cardinals currently lead.

In what many would consider the biggest football recruiting weekend in Louisville history, which included highly sought after prospects such as Brian Cushing, Brian Roche, Brandon Deaderick and others, there was one player that had hoped to join the group.

"I wanted to go real bad, but I couldn't because I had a basketball game and the NCAA doesn't allow me to visit coaches before a game," explained Ballard High School's Earl Heyman.

Due to the game being held in the evening and the official visit actually beginning the night before, NCAA rules forbid prospects to visit schools or coaches prior to high school game, regardless of what sport it is.

"If our game was on Saturday morning instead of at night I would have gone," continued Heyman.

While the U.S. Army All-American was disappointed he couldn't join the others on the visit, he is in the process of scheduling an official visit to Louisville, as well as others.

"I'll schedule one's for both Louisville and Kentucky in early January," Heyman said. "I'm going to Boston College on January 21st and I'm working on setting one up with Clemson too."

After receiving an in-home visit from U of L assistant Greg Nord two weeks ago, Heyman received a couple phone calls from head coach Bobby Petrino.

"Coach Petrino called the day that he said he was going to stay," Heyman explained. "He called right before he made the announcement and then he called me a couple days later to make sure I saw it."

Heyman, who will participate in the January 15th U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio, hinted at the possibility that he could announce his decision at the nationally televised event.

"I might announce it on there, because of the publicity it would get," Heyman said. "I might make a commitment, but still take some visits."

So, does any school have the edge for such an announcement?

"Right now, the 'Ville," said Heyman.

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