Ballard duo two of city's top junior prospects

All-America defensive lineman Earl Heyman garned most of the attention last season for Louisville Ballard, but Bruin's coach Mark Catlett has a pair of juniors, <b>Garnett Phelps</b> and <b>Demarco Williams</b>, who appear ready to blossom into bonafide Division 1 prospects.

The city of Louisville has been producing top flight football talent for the past several years, including Ballard standout defensive end Earl Heyman last season.

Next season appears no different, and two of Heyman's teammates, Garnett Phelps and Demarco Williams, promise to be among the city's best in 2005.

At 5 foot 10, 185-pounds, Garnett Phelps has the ability to change a game with his speed and skill. As a junior, he was a top performer for the Bruins, and figures to have a big senior season next fall.

"He's a play-maker," said Ballard coach Mark Catlett. "He has great awareness and incredible hands. He'll be one of the top skill position players in the state next year. He's got pretty good speed, possesses all the intangibles and is a very instinctive player."

Catlett said despite his size, Phelps is a tough, hard-nosed customer on the field.

"He's just a football player - very tough and physical," said Catlett.

Both U of L and UK have already shown interest in Phelps, who could play on either side of the ball in college.

"He'll be a wide receiver or defensive back at the next level," said Catlett.

Phelps' teammate, 6-4, 225-pound defensive end

Demarco Williams, is deserving of mention as well. Williams, over shadowed by Heyman as a junior, is an athletic and rangy prospect and could develop into one of the most highly sought prospects in the state as a senior.

"He's a long-rangy kid who is very skilled," said Catlett. "He played tight end and defensive end for us last season but probably would be a defensive end in college."

"He runs very well," said Catlett.

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