Best of the Bluegrass set for Scout combine

Many of the state's top prospects, including Doug Beaumont, Stuart Hines, Zach Kiernan and Brent Slusher, will show off their abilities in front of dozens of college coaches at the All-American combine being held at the University of Louisville football complex on May 20. While the list of attendees continues to grow, here's an early look at some of those already scheduled to participate...

In recent years the Bluegrass State has produced several of the nation's most sought-after high school football prospects. However, while players such as Brian Brohm, Michael Bush, Earl Heyman, Micah Johnson and James McKinney collected scholarship offers from the majority of the country's top college programs and were ranked among the top prospects in the nation, this year's crop of in-state seniors has yet to equal the type of pre-season attention that it's predecessors enjoyed.

On May 20 many of the state's top prospects will descend on Louisville for the All-American combine where they will put their abilities on display and collectively make an effort to prove that the class of '07 is both talented and deep.

While many of the those already scheduled to participate in the final combine of the evaluation period are familiar names, such as Vic Anderson, Doug Beaumont, Zach Kiernan, Chase Minnifield and Brent Slusher, many others hope to use the event as a means of being noticed.

The list of players making plans to attend will continue to grow, but here's a glimpse of some of the in-state talent preparing to prove their worth. and the network will provide extensive and exclusive coverage of the combine.

Kaelin Ammons
Franklin County
Quarterback | Safety
As a junior, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Ammons finished fifth in the state with 3,355 passing yards, while also leading his team with 836 rushing yards. Defensively he totaled 81 tackles and two interceptions, earning All-Region, All-District and All-County honors for the third consecutive year. Ammons has visited both Louisville and Kentucky this spring and is receiving interest from the likes of Cincinnati, Florida State and Michigan State.

Vic Anderson
St. Xavier
Running Back
Anderson, who verbally pledged to West Virginia last month, rushed for more than 1,500 yards and earned 1st Team All-State honors as a junior. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound back continues to work with a personal trainer in an effort to further improve his size and strength.

Doug Beaumont
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Wide Receiver | Cornerback
An All-State performer at multiple positions, the 5-foot-9, 175-pound all-purpose back has collected scholarship offers from Louisville and Kentucky. Last fall he racked up over 1,100 rushing and 880 rushing yards and has been described as Michael Bush in a smaller body by Male High head coach Bob Redman.

Wes Caldwell
Lexington Catholic
Wide Receiver
With sub-4.5 40-speed, Caldwell quickly became a favorite target of NC State bound quarterback Justin Burke last fall, pulling in 64 catches for nearly 1,200 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Caldwell, who claims to be a lifelong Cardinal fan, has received attention from Boston College, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State and others.

Justin Collins
Western Magnet
Running Back
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound speedster blew opponents away as a junior, rushing for 1,926 yards and 23 touchdowns, finishing third and second in the state in each respective category. The top returning back in Jefferson County, Collins has made unofficial visits with Arkansas and Louisville this spring.

Chase Dumphord
Offensive Line
At 6-foot-7, 305-pounds, Chase Dumphord is likely the biggest prospect in the state this year. The imposing lineman has already collected scholarship offers from Auburn and Kentucky, while the likes of Louisville, Michigan State and Tennessee are taking a strong look.

Brad Durham
Rockcastle County
Offensive Line
Meauring in at 6-foot-5, 290-pounds, Rockcastle County's Brad Durham is yet another member of a talented crop of in-state offensive lineman. He attended Louisville's junior day in April and plans to attend the Cardinals lineman camp in early June.

Rodney Haddix
Scott County
Wide Receiver
Also a standout on the hardwood, Rodney Haddix uses his impressive 38 inch vertical to his advantage at the wide out position. Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville and Tennessee have expressed interest in the 6-foot-4, 200-pound All-Region and All-District performer.
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Dexter Heyman
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Defensive End | Wide Receiver
One of a handful of rising sophomores scheduled to attend, the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Heyman is the younger brother of former U.S. Army All-American and current Cardinal defensive tackle Earl Heyman.

Stuart Hines
Bowling Green
Offensive Line
Baylor, Kentucky and West Virginia are among those that have extended scholarship offers to the 6-foot-5, 275-pound lineman, while others such as Louisville, Michigan State and Tennessee are keeping a close eye on the All-State performer.
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Tucker Jackson
Bowling Green
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker picked up a scholarship offer from Western Kentucky at the start of the year and is drawing attention from Baylor, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Tennessee and others.
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Zach Kiernan
Newport Catholic
Defensive End
Louisville was the first to offer the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Kiernan and received a visit from him last month on junior day. Kiernan, who helped guide his team to the Class A title last fall, is also receiving interest from Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio State.

Chase Minnifield
Henry Clay
The 6-foot, 180-pound cornerback is the son of former Louisville and Cleveland Brown great Frank Minnifield. Minnifield, who has collected offers from Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Middle Tennessee and Virginia, is could announce his college destination as early as Monday, May 22.

Nick Petrino
The son of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino, Nick threw for over 2,000 yards as a junior and helped guide his team to the state's Class 4A crown.
 Junior Highlights

Joe Scott
Defensive Line
The 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive line attended Louisville's Junior Day in April and received invitations from both Miami and Tennessee. Akransas, Ball State, Florida State, Illinois, Indiana, Miami and Tennessee are among those keeping frequent contact with Scott.

Brent Slusher
Bell County
Tight End
Slusher pulled in 14 receptions for 353 yards and 5 touchdowns from the tight end position his junior year, averaging 25 yards per reception. Playing linebacker he came just short of establishing a new school record for total tackles in 2005. Wake Forest has offered, while many others, including Louisville, continue to keep in touch.
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Wayne Stevens
Bath County
Running Back
Prior to transferring to Bath County, Stevens played at Rowan (Ky.) County High School, where as a junior he finished second in the state with 1,968 rushing yards and was named 1st Team All-Area. Stevens led the state in rushing yards as a sophomore, gaining 2,025 yards in just 9 games. He also finished second in the state in scoring and was named 1st Team All-Area.

Sam Webb
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Offensive Line
After making unofficial visits with Auburn, Georgia Tech, Kentucky and Louisville this spring, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman has seen his stock continue to rise and a strong performance at the combine could result in multiple scholarship opportunities.

Cody Widelski
Graves County
A likely 'hidden gem' talent, the 6-foot-3, 285-pound center made unofficial visits to Auburn, Louisville and Purdue this spring.

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