Cards show interest in Cincinnati area stars

Cincinnati Colerain is one of the top high school football teams in the nation this season. The Cardinals are 10-0 heading into the playoffs, won the Greater Metro Conference, are ranked No. 2 in Ohio behind Cincinnati St. Xavier and tenth nationally in the country by USA Today. Several of coach Tom Bolden's players visited Louisville last weekend and InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Cincinnati Colerain is one of the top high school football teams in the nation this season. The Cardinals are 10-0 heading into the playoffs, won the Greater Metro Conference, are ranked No. 2 in Ohio behind Cincinnati St. Xavier and tenth nationally in the country by USA Today. Several of coach Tom Bolden's players visited Louisville last weekend.

Topping the list of prospects from Colerain who visited Louisville last weekend to watch the Cardinals dispatch Big East rival Pittsburgh were Ravelle Sadler and Quentin Sims. Brandon Mills, an undersized defensive lineman and Damon Sims, Quentin's younger brother, also made the trip.

"They have not been offered by Louisville as of yet," Bolden said. "I would say that the one that is most recruitable as far as for Louisville would probably be the Saddler kid - the corner. And then the Sims kid as an athlete. Those would probably be the two."


Quentin Sims
Saddler, a 5'9, 180 pound cornerback, holds offers from "About every MAC school," Bolden said. "He can run. He's probably a 4.4. or 4.5 kid."

Sadler does everything for Colerain, playing on both offense and defense and even on special teams.

"He's been a three year starter for us," Bolden said. "He's not a real big kid – he's probably 5'9 or 5'10 and about 180 pounds. But he's a kid that plays much bigger. He's also a punt returner and has four return touchdowns this year. He's our field corner – kind of our lockdown corner. He's a real physical kid for his size and he plays bigger than he is. He likes to hit and he likes contact."

Quentin Sims, a 6'3, 198 pound, wide receiver/running back, likely projects as a defensive prospect on the college level. Besides Louisville, Sims is receiving interest from Indiana and MAC-level schools.

"We play him as a slot receiver, running back and he's our backup quarterback," Bolden said. "He'd be an athlete as far as Louisville is concerned."


Brandon Mills
"He's a versatile player. He's about 6'3, 200 pounds. I project him as a free safety or a wide receiver at the next level. He plays a little bit of safety for us in nickel situations. He has ball skills and the ability to make plays on the ball. He's a pretty good wide receiver, too. He's not a burner but he runs good routes and has a lot of wiggle when he gets his hands on the ball. He's a guy that has a lot of upside. He reminds a lot of Dominick Goodman that used to play for Cincinnati. Indiana is also highly interested in him. He's been offered by a lot of the MAC schools."

Damon Sims, a junior tight end, is a prospect worth keeping an eye on in the 2009 class.

"He plays tight end and wide receiver for us," Bolden said. "I'd project him as a tight end. He's got a great set of hands. He'll probably put on another 30 to 40 pounds just within the next year or two."

Bolden compares Mills to All-Big East defensive tackle Terrell Byrd.

"Mills is a lot like the Byrd kid at UC," Bolden said. "He's on the shorter side. And then the other Sims brother is just a junior tight end but he's got a lot of upside for next year."


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