For Louisville, the focus begins at home, as two of the state's early favorites for Mr. Football in '06 hail from inside the Jefferson County borders. Also, after finding great success outside of state borders in this recent recruiting haul, the Cardinal coaches appear ready to once again compete for some of the nation's top-rated prospects.
The following are just a few of the many new names that will quickly become common for those that follow the progress of the U of L recruiting efforts.
WR/RB * 5'9, 170
St. Xavier High School (Louisville)
The offensive focal point of Mike Glaser's St.X team will be All-State performer Vic Anderson. The senior-to-be helped rushed for 1,286 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior, helping guide the Tigers to the 4A title last fall. Louisville joined West Virginia, when it offered Anderson during the school's 7-on-7 camp last spring. Others expressing early interest include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Florida State and Notre Dame.
WR/CB * 5'9, 175
Male Traditional High School (Louisville)
During his first three years playing for Bob Redman's squad, Beaumont, who frequently lines up at receiver, running back, defensive back and kick return, has posted some amazing numbers. Heading into his senior season, Beaumont has hauled in over 2,200 receiving yards, while also rushing for nearly 2,000 more and has earned All-State honors for his play at multiple positions. While he has yet to receive his first written offer, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame and Tennessee are among those expressing early interest.
DE * 6'4, 250
McGill Toolen High School (Mobile, Ala.)
As a junior Sidell registered 9.5 sacks and 17.5 tackles for a loss, which quickly the attention of many. Louisville, along with Mississippi State, offered the Scout.com four-star defensive end, but others such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida and Notre Dame have also expressed heavy interest early.
WR Jon Ditto earned 2nd Team
All-State honors as a junior
WR * 6'4, 205
Gateway High School (Monroeville, Penn.)
Fitting a recent trend at Louisville, Ditto is a tall receiver with great hands. As a junior, Ditto earned 2nd Team All-State and in addition to Louisville, has drawn early interest from Penn State, Pittsburgh and others.
DB * 6'2, 220
Edgewater High School (Orlando, Fla.)
Edwards impressed Scout.com during the recent U.S. Army All-American combine, where he revealed that two Big East Conference schools – Louisville and West Virginia – were the first to extend written scholarship offers. Others such as Florida, Georgia Tech, Michigan and Notre Dame are strongly considering doing the same.
WR * 6'2, 185
Alcoa High School (Alcoa, Tenn.)
A threat to go the distance whenever the ball is in his hands, Lanxter helped his team with the AA state crown this past fall. Louisville, which discovered the talented receiver while recruiting quarterback Joei Fiegler, was the first to offer and has since been joined by Minnesota and West Virginia.
QB * 6'4, 200
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ)
The son of Louisville native, former New York Giant quarterback and current CBS Sports analyst Phil Simms, Matt is quite familiar with the Louisville program. A former teammate of Louisville redshirt freshmen Darius Mann and Brian Roche, Simms has already become a popular target amongst Cardinal fans. Louisville, along with Boston College and Rutgers, offered Simms early.
DE * 6'4, 230
Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ)
Like Simms, Trattou is another talented and rising senior at the school that produced current Cardinals Darius Mann and Brian Roche. As a senior, he ecorded 90 tackles, four sacks, and he blocked one punt. The Scout.com four-star defensive end has collected early offers from Boston College, Louisville, Notre Dame and Rutgers, with many others soon to follow.
QB * 6'3, 195
Manheim Township High School (Lancaster, Penn.)
Louisville was the first to offer the Scout.com five-star quarterback, who has since collected offers from fellow Big East Conference mates Connecticut and Pittsburgh. U of L quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm has recently checked in on the 2nd Team All-State honoree.