On The Board

With the recruiting season rapidly approaching it's end, several top prospects, such as Earl Heyman and Brandon Deaderick, continue to list Louisville high among their choices. InsidetheVille.com provides you with a brief list of targets that are likely high on the U of L recruiting board.

Brandon Deaderick
Elizabethtown HS - Elizabethtown, KY
6'4, 230
The Elizabethtown defensive end can become a cornerstone for the Cardinals 2005 recruiting class, as well as helping to cap off what is likely the most successful in-state recruiting effort in Louisville history. Deaderick has narrowed his list to Alabama, Auburn and Louisville and could decide as early as this week. Right now it appears that Auburn and Louisville are neck and neck for his commitment.

"That was my last visit," Deaderick said of his trip to Auburn. "Louisville, Alabama and Auburn are the schools I'm really considering."

Ballard HS - Louisville, KY
6'4, 240
For many Louisville fans, the Ballard defensive end has become priority number one and rightfully so. The U.S. Army All-American has been considered a U of L lean for more than a month, but he is still considering Kentucky, Clemson, Boston College and Southern Cal.

"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."

Brian Roche
Don Bosco Prep - Ramsey, NJ
6'5, 280, 5.0
The 4-star offensive lineman and teammate of current U of L commit Darius Mann currently lists Louisville, along with Notre Dame, as his co-leaders. He is also considering North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Michigan State and Florida. The offensive lineman has made visits to the Spartans, Cardinals and Wolfpack programs.

"They probably have the most dynamic offense that I have seen," Roche said of Louisville. "I absolutely love that offense and you can have a lot fun in it. They also have a lot of great skill guys on offense."

Brian Cushing
Bergen Catholic HS - Oradell, NJ
6'3, 230, 4.5
Despite published reports during the U.S. Army All-American game that gave the impression that Cushing was no longer considering Louisville, InsidetheVille.com has learned that the 5-star linebacker prospect is still very much thinking of Bobby Petrino's program. Notre Dame, Southern Cal, Florida, Boston College and Miami all remain under consideration for the highly touted Cushing.

Curtis Pulley
Hopkinsville HS - Hopkinsville, KY
6'2, 190, 4.6
Despite being a Kentucky commit, this year's Mr. Football is making an official visit to U of L this coming weekend. He'll be joined by close friend and U of L commit Lamar Alston on his visit. He projects as either a quarterback or safety on the college level.

"Yes, there is a chance," said Pulley of the possibility of changing his mind. "It's not a great chance right now though. The school would have to make a big impact on me during my visit for me to change my mind."

Patrick Kuntz
Rocalli HS - Indianapolis, IN
6'3, 255, 4.8
The Indiana All-State selection is set to announce his college decision on Tuesday and will decide between Louisville, Notre Dame and Michigan State. While at one point he was believed to be a Louisville lean, some now believe that he is now that the Irish have a slight lead.

"I'd say they're all pretty even," Kuntz said. "It's going to be a tough decision."

Kuntz will announce with ESPN.com's Tom Lemming on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. Click here to join the chat

Zach Anderson
East Mississippi CC - Bay Minette, AL
6'4, 266, 4.9
Imposing defensive line junior college prospect that currently lists Louisville and Mississippi as his favorites. He has a visit to Texas A&M remaining and is expected to sign a Letter of Intent in February and be eligible to participate in fall camp.

"I am trying to determine where to go," Anderson explained. "I could put Ole Miss and Louisville in a hat, and it would not even matter."

Careg Bonner
Huntsville HS - Huntsville, AL
6'3, 230, 4.8
Likely Louisville's top tight end prospect, Bonner lists Louisville, along with Mississippi State, as his leaders. He made his official visit to Louisville in mid-December and has a trip to Ole Miss remaining.

He told DawgBites.com on Sunday that the Cardinals and Bulldogs are even right now.

Meadowcreek HS - Norcross, GA
6'4, 265
The Cardinals have made his final five, along with Alabama, Arkansas, Florida State and Oklahoma. The defensive line prospect made his official visit to U of L this past weekend and still has trips remaining to the Sooners and Seminoles.

"I'm going to do it on signing day and I might just shock the world," Forbes said of when he'll announce his college decision.

Click here for complete list of remaining recruiting targets

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