Heyman impressive in San Antonio workouts

Earl Heyman, a 6-4, 260-pound lineman from Louisville Ballard High School, will represent his hometown in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX Saturday afternoon.

Earl Heyman, a 6-4, 260-pound lineman from Louisville Ballard High School, will represent his hometown in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, TX Saturday afternoon.

Ranked the No. 55 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, Heyman was one of 80 players chosen to participate in the game. Heyman, the Louisville Courier-Journal's Defensive Player of Year, joins fellow Louisvillian James McKinney as the only two players from the Commonwealth selected to participate in Saturday's all-star contest.

"It meant a lot when I got invited to the game," Heyman, who made 16 sacks as a senior, told Scout.com analyst Scott Kennedy. "I had worked so hard, and I had set my goals and my standards so high for myself that it meant a lot to see them finally come true."

Competing against the nation's finest high school football players this week, Heyman has impressed scouts while preparing for the game despite missing the first practice session because of a failed vision test.

"During the second [practice] session, Heyman was his normal and consistent self," Scout.com's Bob Lictenfelds said. "He was flying off the edge, and creating havoc in the backfield. He has been very impressive this week"

Heyman's high intensity approach to the game and his brute, physical strength have helped him make his mark with analysts.

"[He has] a non-stop motor, and despite giving up a ton of size to the mammoth East offensive line [during practice], he was nearly impossible to move," Kennedy said.

Following the game, Heyman, who also plays basketball for the Bruins, will turn his focus to choosing a college. He'll make an official visit to Louisville, his stated favorite, over the Martin Luther King holiday. Heyman also has a trip scheduled for Boston College January 21 and he'll conclude his visits January 28 at Kentucky.

And while Boston College, who moves to the ACC next season, still receives mention, Heyman has said recently he'll decide between Louisville and Kentucky.

"It's my home town school," Heyman said earlier this the week about the Cardinals. "They're doing really well. They're on the up and up, and I'd get a chance to come in and play."

As for Kentucky, the opportunity to play in the Southeastern Conference gives the Wildcats a chance to land his services.

"It's an SEC School," Heyman said of Kentucky. "It's another in state school. I have great friends from there that are pulling for me to go to Kentucky. Not only is it an SEC school, the people are really, really good. I like the people at Kentucky. I like the coaching staff and the recruiters. Plus they are just getting off probation which makes them excited."

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is played in San Antonio, Texas at the Alamodome on Jan. 15, 2005, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m., Eastern. Scout.com is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen.


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