Clear leader for Kiernan

Bobby Petrino and his staff were the first to extend three-star defensive lineman Zach Kiernan of Newport (Ky.) Central Catholic a scholarship offer and it appears that their efforts are paying off as the All-State performer claims a definite leader.

After hosting a star-studded weekend, which included a verbal commitment from four-star prospect Doug Beaumont, the University of Louisville is in the process of putting together another solid weekend of official visitors for the next home game.

Earlier this week, defensive lineman Nick Gentry of Prattville, Alabama informed that he was scheduled to make the trip north for the October 14 match up against Big East rival Cincinnati.

Joining Gentry on the official visit list is fellow three-star defensive lineman Zach Kiernan of Newport (Ky.) Central Catholic.

"I'm planning on going there during our bye week (Oct. 13) for another visit," said the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Kiernan, who attended U of L's 59-28 season-opening win against Kentucky. "It's going to be an official visit. I'm going to see what the school has to offer and see what it would be like to go there."

With scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and Louisville, Kiernan added that he has yet to plan any additional official trips.

"I haven't discussed that with any of the other schools yet," he said.

Louisville, which was the first to extend the All-State performer a scholarship, has developed a clear lead for his eventual services.

"Louisville is definitely out in front right now," he continued. "The way that they have been playing this year and in recent years, plus the amount of interest that they have shown in me."

Unable to attend the Cardinals 31-7 win over Miami last weekend, Kiernan watched U of L's dominating performance on television.

"They looked real impressive," he said. "It showed that they are one of the best teams in the country."

As one of the few remaining experienced members from a team that won the Class A state title last season, Kiernan is being leaned on for leadership this fall.

"We have a new quarterback and all of our receivers are new," said Kiernan, who plays on both the defensive and offensive lines. "I think I'm averaging about 8 tackles a game, plus I have a couple tackles for a loss and two or three sacks."

Newport Central Catholic will visit Dayton (Ky.) High School on Friday, September 22.

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