The 5-foot-9, 180-pound four-star prospect, whose game resembles that of former U of L great Deion Branch, could have easily have seen the spotlight shine elsewhere on Saturday, as a number of high Division I prospects were on hand participating.
Quarterback Cody Catalina
Greensburg Central Catholic and Male Traditional faced each other in the U of L 7-on-7 title for the second consecutive season, with the result remaining the same - a Male victory.
Despite his Louisville St.X team failing to reach the finals, running back Victor Anderson was once again impressive. Typically a running back, Anderson spent the afternoon at wideout and frequently found an opening. It seemed that a touchdown was likely whenever the ball reached his hands.
ITV has a brand new highlight tape, with a DVD companion, in our possession and will have it online in the near future. Currently a West Virginia commit, Anderson can expect a full-court press from the Cardinal coaches, as well as others, throughout his senior season.
Prior to the event's playoffs and with at least three Cardinal assistants looking on, Doug Beaumont displayed no lingering signs of the mild concussion suffered a week earlier, nor any rust from the limited time spent on gridiron this spring.
Facing Jeffersonville in their second game of the 7-on-7, Beaumont excelled on both sides of the line of scrimmage. He totaled at least 10 receptions, with a touchdown, but it was his defensive play that helped his team secure it's second win of the day.
After a Male turnover and with Jeffersonville threatening to take the lead with only minutes left on the game clock, Beaumont intercepted a pass on the goal line to put the game out of reach.
One interested on-looker described his performance in the 40-minute contest as, "simply unbelievable."
Offensively he put on a show. Seemingly open every time, the All-State performer pulled in catches with varying degrees of difficulty. Despite facing taller defenders frequently, Beaumont made a number of difficult leaping catches, including three in double coverage.
With so many players on hand on Saturday, one couldn't help but take a look at what the class of 2008 has to offer. Here's a look at a few that caught the eye of ITV...
Heyman celebrates one of his
interceptions on Saturday
"He has the type of body that I like for that position," said Male High head coach Bob Redman of playing Heyman at safety. "We tried him there this spring and he did fine, so we're going to give a go at that position."
Very quick for his size, Heyman runs well in man coverage and recorded at least two interceptions on Saturday. Though serious discussion of '08 prospects is months away, Heyman has to be an early candidate for the city's top junior prospect.
If the honor doesn't fall on Heyman next year, it may be due to the continued emergence of Fern Creek athlete Tyheem Lawton. Lawton can do it all - quarterback, receiver, defensive back and so on.
An honorable mention All-State performer as a sophomore, Lawton recorded 8 interceptions - returning two for touchdowns - from his cornerback position, while also hauling in 22 receptions for 225 yards and 5 scores. On Saturay he continued to display his versatility and had a nice outing at quarterback.
Fern Creek junior Tyheem Lawton
The University of Louisville coaching staff was in full view all day. Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino caught glimpses of Anderson, Beaumont, Catalina and others while following his son Nick Petrino and Trinity play.
Participating schools: Ballard, Bullitt East, Butler, Campbellsville, Eastern, Evansville (Ind.) Reitz, Fern Creek, Franklin County, Greensburg (Penn.) Central Catholic, Holy Cross, Hopkins County Central, Hopkinsville, Jeffersonville, Jeffersontown, Kentucky Country Day, Lexington Catholic, Male, Manual, Moore, Owen County, Prestonsburg, St. Xavier, Seneca, Shawnee, Shelby County, Sheldon Clark, Simon Kenton, Somerset Southwestern, Trinity, Waggener
The final four consisted of Franklin County, Greensburg Central Catholic, Male Traditional and Shelby County.
A handful of current Cardinals took in the action, including Michael Bush and Sergio Spencer who followed their former Male Bulldogs squad. Brian Brohm watched some of his former Trinity Shamrocks, while Scott Long, Harry Douglas and Nate Harris were also seen watching from the sidelines.
Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for additional coverage from the event, including player feedback, an extensive photo gallery and more.