Dexter Heyman ready to 'back it up'

Louisville Male High School junior Dexter Heyman was recently named to's Top 100 prospect watch list for 2008. The younger brother of current Cardinal defensive lineman Earl Heyman, Dexter says that he's ready to 'back up' the early honor.

Wearing a red University of Louisville baseball cap, Louisville Male junior Dexter Heyman made his first recruiting visit on Sunday when he attended the Cardinals season-opener against Kentucky. Instead of sitting in his usual spot inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to watch his older brother Earl help anchor the U of L defensive front, the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder watched him during pregame warm-ups from the sidelines, before following teammate Doug Beaumont and dozens of other recruits making an unofficial visits to their seats.

In addition to cooler temperatures, the start of September starts the recruiting process for current juniors. While it's a process that is certain to get hectic over the next year and a half, Heyman has watched three older brothers go through it and explained that it's something that he's not ready to spend time focusing on.

"It's different for everybody," he said. "I'll just handle it as it comes, but right now it's not that important."

What is important is the current football season for his Bulldog team, which currently sits atop the Associated Press 4A state rankings with a 3-0 record.

Heyman helped Male win the U of L
7-on-7 passing tournament this spring
"I'm doing okay, but I could do better," said Heyman of his play through three games this season. "Right now I'm playing defensive back and linebacker. That's about it in the games, but I'm also working at fullback in practice."

Heyman will likely see a few snaps at wide receiver this fall and anticipates joining the Male rushing attack as a senior.

"We lose Beaumont after this year and replacing him is going to be tough," he explained. "There are a few of us that will try and do it next year."

Last week Heyman was named to the Top 100 juniors to watch list.

"It's nice to get that kind of stuff," he said. "I'd rather come out of nowhere and surprise people. The more hype you get the more you have to back it up. Once people know who you are you have to play like you have something to lose, so I know that I have to always play hard."

Male visits Ballard High School this Friday night.

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