Earl Heyman 'honored' to be a Cardinal

After saying that he never considered anyone else during the recruiting process, Louisville true freshman defensive tackle Earl Heyman is now honored to be wearing the Red and Black.

Throughout his senior year at Ballard High School, Earl Heyman hinted at his eventual commitment to the University of Louisville. Despite not verbally committing until there were just weeks left before the national signing day, one thing remained constant for the All-American defensive end - Louisville was his favorite.

"I didn't really consider anyone else," Heyman told Inside The Ville in an exclusive interview moments after he signed his Letter of Intent with U of L. "I was a Cardinal at heart since I was a boy and now I get a chance to play for them."

While he is no longer a boy - or defensive end - (he recently measured in at 6-foot-3, 260-pounds) the true freshman defensive tackle's lifelong love for his hometown Cardinals has now become his motivation.

"It's the best feeling to be wearing this jersey," Heyman said. "It just means a lot to me - for real. It's an honor."

Since the start of fall camp on August 6th, Heyman has become a fixture at the far end of the field following each practice. Each day he seemed determined to learn his new position and be ready in case he hears his number called in the season opener.

"I'm going to whatever I can to help the team this year," he said. "I want to help make this the most memorable season for the seniors. They've earned it."

After a dominating high school career that saw him record 212 tackles, including 50 for a loss and 32 sacks, Heyman is excited to join a defensive line that appears to now have title-contending talent and depth.

"We look to be really strong," said Heyman. "We added a bunch of top recruits to the great players that were already here. Everyone is big and athletic. It looks like it is going to be a really good season."

While he added that he would redshirt if that what was best for the team, his performance during the first week of camp seemed to indicate that he could very well play as a true freshman. He spent more time with the second group of defensive linemen with each passing day, making a number of impressive plays, including a tackle for a loss during the team's first controlled scrimmage last Friday.

With the season-opener at rival Kentucky drawing closer, the Louisville native admits that he'll be somewhat nervous when the team walks into Commonwealth Stadium. However, the lifelong Cardinal fan found it difficult to describe the experience that he hopes to have on September 4th.

"I don't know how to describe it really," he said. "I just want to beat Kentucky. Being from Louisville, always loving Louisville, and now playing for the University of Louisville, I really want to beat Kentucky."

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