Warren East (KY) star names early favorite

The University of Louisville is making its way into big blue territory to pillage some top talent. Three-star Warren East (KY) safety Shenard Holton, who recently attended Louisville's camp and has an offer from the Cardinals, spoke to InsideTheVille.com about his recruitment and named an early leader for his services.

The University of Louisville has never made a living of going to rural Kentucky for many of its players. Yet every once in a while they will steal a gem that makes an impact while in the Derby City. Guys like the Leffew brothers and Eric Shelton left their mark on the Cardinal program. And the Cardinal coaching staff hopes that Warren East (KY) standout Shenard Holton will become the next.

There are many reasons to love the all-around talent that Shenard brings to the table.

"Last season I had 829 yards with 19 rushing touchdowns and 667 yards receiving and 6 receiving touchdowns. And on defense I had 147 tackles 4 interceptions 2 forced fumbles and 2 punt returns for touchdowns," said Holton.

With all his considerable talents, Holton says that the Louisville coaches are looking at him for the defensive side of the ball. Where he would likely be placed in the defensive backfield is as a safety.

Holton says he has plenty of strengths to his game right now.

"My coverage and my ability to make a tackle in the open field. And also my ability to break on the ball," said Holton. But Holton also says he wants to work on his overall speed and footwork this off-season.

When on the field, Holton patterns his game off a current NFL All-Pro selection.

"I love Ed Reed I just love everything about him. I just love the way he plays and how he plays the game," said Holton.

Holton, who recently camped at Louisville, had great things to say about the Cardinal program.

"I think Louisville is a great program. I went up there for their camp and I really liked their coaches. It's one of the top programs that I really like," said Holton.

Holton is weighing several factors as he looks to select a college.

"How comfortable I am with the coaches. How many recruits there are in from of me at my position. And how much playing time I am going to be able to get. But distance from home is not going to be a factor," said Holton.

Holton, who has been extended an offer by Louisville, has also received an offer from Miami (OH), and is receiving "very heavy" interest from Kentucky as well as Tennessee and Auburn.

Holton also says that one team right now has a lead in his recruitment.

"Right now Louisville is the favorite in my mind. They have been the only visit that I have taken though."

That will soon change as Holton plans to hit the road again soon.

"In two weeks I am going to Auburn and then that same week I am going to Tennessee. I want to get out there and see what school is for me," said Holton.

Do not expect an early commitment from Holton who says he will likely wait until after this coming season to make a decision.

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