Cards working to keep local stars home

A key factor in the University of Louisville's success during Bobby Petrino's tenure as the Cardinals head coach has been the program's ability to sign the top players in it's hometown. With scholarship offers extended to Vic Anderson and Doug Beaumont, the Cardinals are once again making a point to sign the River City's top-rated prospects.

From the moment that he became the head coach at the University of Louisville in December 2002, Bobby Petrino has made recruiting the top-rated prospects in school's hometown a priority. Prior to his arrival at U of L, local products, such as former Male running back Chris Barclay and former Manual standout Keenan Burton received little attention from the hometown school. That trend ended with Petrino's first recruiting class and has continued each year.

Petrino has all but assured that local athletes that possess the potential of Barclay, who was the ACC's Offensive Player of the Year last season and Burton, UK's Mr. Everything, no longer leave the city limits to play ball. Michael Bush, Brian Brohm, Mario Urrutia, Earl Heyman and Aundre Henderson are among the 18 local products that help make up U of L's 2006 roster.

Doug Beaumont will visit
U of L again this weekend
This recruiting season is no different, as St. Xavier's Victor Anderson and Male's Doug Beaumont have long held scholarship offers from the Cardinals.

Beaumont received his invitation from U of L while making an unofficial visit during the team's spring practice in April, while Anderson received his in September of last year. Both made unofficial visits for the Cardinals season-opening win over Kentucky and both will make a return trip to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium when Miami visits on Saturday.

Prior to the start of Louisville's home opener, Anderson and Beaumont spent time together visiting with members of the coaching staff and were informed how both are viewed as important pieces to the next Cardinal recruiting class.

"Coach Whitt was mentioning how the hometown players are staying home to help the hometown team become better," Anderson explained. "Guys like Michael Bush, Brian Brohm, Mario Urritia, etc., have all stayed home. Doug and I were both sitting in the room talking to coach at the same time."

Both are leading contenders for the state's annual Mr. Football award and are each having season's worthy of such an honor. Beaumont has rushed for 392 yards and 9 touchdowns and is averaging 10.5 yards per carry for the 4-0 Bulldogs, while Anderson has gained 534 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground for the 4-0 Tigers.

Anderson is averaging
9.5 yards per carry
Anderson, who was a All-American Combine 1st Team selection, is among the five in-state players that were recently nominated for the U.S. Army All-American game in January.

"It feels pretty good (to be nominated), but it won't feel great unless I play in it," he said. "Right now though I am just taking it one game at a time and trying to help my team win the state title."

The two will share the field when Male and St.X meet on October 27 at Manual Stadium.



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