Junior Day Saturday

Dozens of high school prospects will get an upclose look at the Cardinal football program at U of L's annual Junior Day on Saturday morning...

On Saturday morning, the University of Louisville football program will welcome dozens of high school prospects to the Howard L. Schnellenberger Football Complex for it's annual Junior Day.

"I think it's something that we try to showcase," explained Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino. "It's the first time for a lot of them to get a look at our campus. They'll get to talk to our coaching staff and see all of our facilities."

With what will likely be more than 100 rising juniors visiting on Saturday, Petrino and his staff made the decision to spend an hour practicing prior to holding the team's second scrimmage of spring.

"That's why we are practicing and not just scrimmaging," he continued. "I want them to see how we practice and see the drills that we go through."

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  • A number of athletes from throughout the Bluegrass State and region will make the trip to the River City for a tour of the program's facilities and an opportunity to watch the Cardinals scrimmage inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

    Here's a sampling of the many that are planning on making unofficial visits on Saturday:

    Kaelin Ammons
    Franklin County HS (Frankfort, KY)
    6'2, 195
    Led his team in passing and rushing yards, earning honorable mention All-State honors. He threw for 3,355 yards and 41 touchdowns, while also rushing for 836 yards and 15 additional scores ... All State Class 3A, 3-time All-Region, 3-time All-District, 3-time All-County and 3-time Team MVP ... recorded 81 tackles and 2 interceptions as a junior.

    Douglas Beaumont
    Male Traditional HS (Louisville)
    5'9, 175
    Rushed for over 1,100 yards and 28 touchdowns. Also had 54 receptions for 881 yards and 7 touchdowns. Named 1st Team All-State by the Louisville Courier-Journal. Received AP All-State votes for his play at running back, receiver and cornerback. Currently holds a scholarship offer from Kentucky.

    Justin Collins
    Western Magnet HS (Louisville)
    5'9, 175
    Top rusher in Jefferson County last year, rushing for nearly 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior. He also added over 600 yards and 11 touchdowns receiving.

    Rodney Haddix
    Scott County HS (Georgetown, KY) 6'3, 200
    A two-sport All-State athlete, Haddix was a part of the All-State Juniors Class 4A team, and was All-Region, All-District as a junior. He pulled in nearly 600 yards and 8 touchdowns last fall. He averages over 20 points a game in basketball and has a vertical leap that exceeds 38 inches. Currently lists Louisville and Tennessee as his favorites.

    Zach Kiernan
    Newport Central Catholic HS (Newport, KY)
    6'6, 240
    Another two-sport standout that has collected post season honors in football and basketball. Currently holds a scholarship offer from Louisville and is also drawing interest from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State.

    Kyrus Lanxter
    Alcoa HS (Alcoa, TN)
    6'2, 185
    Lanter totaled 18 catches for 513 yards and 6 touchdowns for the state 2A Champions. Also totaled 17 tackles as a defensive back. He currently holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.

    Billy Joe Murphy
    Monroe County HS (Tompkinsville, KY)
    6'7, 265
    Imposing lineman that already holds scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville and Vanderbilt.

    Nathan Newland
    Franklin County HS (Frankfort KY)
    6'3, 270
    Newland was an All-State Class 3A, All-Region, All-District and All-County as a junior, recording 40 tackles, 8 for loss.

    Matt Simms
    Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, NJ)
    6'3, 200
    Scout.com four-star quarterback that threw for over 2,700 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior, earning All-State honors. Simms, who watched a portion of the Cardinals practice on Friday, is drawing the attention from nearly every major program in the country, with Louisville considered one of the early favorites.

    Sam Webb
    Male Traditional HS (Louisville)
    6'5, 300
    Moves quick for his size and has become a force on both sides of the ball. Earned All-State honorable mention following his junior season.

    Stay logged on to InsideTheVille.com for complete coverage of the Cardinals annual junior day and afternoon scrimmage.

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