U of L looking hard at Fern Creek DB

Louisville Fern Creek defensive back Tyheem Lawton, one of the top rising junior prospects in the Bluegrass State, is drawing early major interest. InsideTheVille.com spoke with Tiger's head coach Bob Bronger to get the latest on the two-time All-District performer...

Despite posting just a 2-8 record in 2006, Louisville's Fern Creek High School is home to one of the city and state's top rising junior prospects in Tyheem Lawton. Lawton, 5'11, 175-pounds, first came to our attention during U of L's 7-on-7 passing tournament last summer and the gifted athlete has done nothing but impress since.

While he played quarterback for the Tigers in the event, Lawton excelled at defensive back, wide receiver and returning kicks for Fern Creek head coach Bob Bronger's team last fall.

"I've been coaching for 31 years and I've had 7 All-Americans, and I would rate Tyheem right in the middle of those seven," said Bronger. "He's that good."

Lawton may have not drawn the headlines that others did during the 2006 season, but it's clear that the high school coaches around the city and state are very aware of his abilities.

"He's a great athlete and a really good kid," said Bronger. "He has tremendous speed and really good hips. He's been a first team All-District defensive back for the past two years in a district that has had some great players at that position."

"As a sophomore he had eight interceptions and returned three kickoffs for a score," continued Bronger. "This year he was voted first team for kick off returns and the only team that kicked to him was Trinity. That's the type of respect that people have for him."

Due to his speed and pure athletic ability, Lawton could suit up at a number of positions on the college level, but he's likely best suited for the defensive side of the ball.

"I think he'll make a great defensive back," said Bronger. "He closes real well because of his speed. He'll be a great cover corner in college."

A number of colleges have already expressed an early interest.

"Everybody is interested," said Bronger. "I tell you what, U of L has really been on him hard. There are plenty of others looking at him too. Wake Forest, Boston College, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky and there's more."

Fern Creek currently has two alums on the Louisville roster. Junior receiver Mario Urrutia was a 1st team All-State selection following his senior year in 2003, while his younger brother and Cardinal freshman Maurice Urrutia excelled at both receiver and safety for the Tigers.


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