Cardinal commit will visit for home opener

Scout.com three-star offensive lineman Brad Durham has helped his Rockcastle County team begin the '06 season with two consecutive wins. InsideTheVille.com has an update from the Cardinal commit, plus other news and notes from the weekend of prep action.

Rockcastle (Ky.) County offensive lineman Brad Durham became the first member of the 2007 recruiting class when he called U of L assistant coach Greg Nord on August 10 to accept his offer of a scholarship. With his college decision now behind him, the 6-foot-5, 305-pound lineman has been able to put his attention towards his team's first two games of the 2006 high school football season, wins over Corbin and Bourbon County.

"It's moving along pretty past, which is kinda scary" he said of his final year of prep football. "I'm nowhere near where I can be. I can be ten times better than I am playing now. I'm working hard in practice and probably by mid-season I should be where I want to be."

The Scout.com three-star offensive line prospect plays on both sides of the ball for Rockcastle County.

"Nobody has scored on our defense this year," he said.

Following a home game against Harrison County on Friday, Durham, along with his father and possibly a friend, will make the two-hour drive to the River City to see the Cardinals open the season against in-state rival Kentucky.

"I'm going up there for their first game," he explained. "I'm going up there to watch them beat the Wildcats."

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Fellow U of L verbal commit quarterback Matt Simms won't open his senior season until Friday, September 8 when Don Bosco Prep hosts Philadelphia St. Joseph's. The game, which is slated to begin at 8:00 p.m. will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

On September 9 Don Bosco will travel to Cincinnati to face Centerville at Nippert Stadium. The game, which is part of the second annual Kirk Herbstreit Football Challenge, is set for a 5:45 p.m. kickoff.

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After watching most of the schools around the city and state begin their season's a week earlier, Justin Collins kicked off his season on Saturday when Louisville Western visited North Laurel.

"We came out ready to play," said Collins, who rushed for 115 yards and three touchdowns in the 46-14 win. "I started a little slow because it was our first game, but I did okay."

Collins, who led all Jefferson County rushers with 1,926 yards last year, also played well defensively. The Louisville Western prospect recorded an interception in the end zone and totaled a number of tackles.

A number of regional programs continue to express interest in the speedy Collins.

"Kentucky sends me a lot," he said. "Indiana, Western Kentucky and Arkansas keep sending me things. Arkansas and Kentucky were close to offering me at their camps and wanted some of my game film from this season."

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InsideTheVille.com's top-rated player in the state continues to post numbers worthy of such a lofty position.

Through two games, Scout.com four-star athlete Doug Beaumont has totaled 293 yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground, helping his Louisville Male squad post back-to-back lopsided victories.


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