Macon plans to attend Louisville

Leonard Macon, one of the top prospects in Kentucky, is expected to play at Louisville next season as a preferred walk-on. A BCS-caliber athlete – and talent – Macon could develop into a solid contributor in the future for the Cardinals.

"Illinois had been calling recently but he told me ‘if any coaches contact you about me I'm not interested I'm going to Louisville,'" Taylor County coach Rodney Turpin told InsideTheVille.com Monday afternoon.

Louisville has shown interest in Leonard Macon for a while and had him on campus for several unofficial visits during the season. With his future plans mapped out, Macon will turn his focus to academics.

"I think they're committed with their scholarships," Turpin said of the Cardinals. "In Leonard's case he is waiting to get his ACT scores up. I think he's got it up to a 17 now. So I'm sure the scholarships went to those who were already academically eligible. He would come as preferred walk-on status that would be upgraded next year – I guess – when he gets off that academic probation or whatever it is that he would have. But I know right now he's one point away and he takes the test again this month."

Macon played wide receiver and safety for Taylor Country and had nearly 1000 yards receiving and more than 600 yards rushing as a senior. He also returned six interceptions for touchdowns on defense earning AP second team All-State honors in 2008. "He had a marquee year and he's a D-I talent," Turpin said.

Turpin said Macon could project as a big, talented tight end down the road at Louisville.

"More than likely he's going to be part of their receiving corps," Turpin said. "He's going to have to tone down some for that. When you look at NFL-type athletes, to me he's a big tight end because he's 6-6, 235. In four years in their weight program he could be 265 with great hands and a good blocker. I perceive he'll be part of their receiving corps as either a wide receiver or tight end."

Turpin said Macon has some things to work on at the next level to reach his potential on the football field.

"He matches up well on the field but he's got to mature on the field," said Turpin. "He's got to learn to play aggressively and play every play. He's got to work hard. His work ethic has kind of hurt him but he's got all the talent in the world. I had some BCS schools call about him but as soon as they found out about his ACT score they dropped interest."

Macon was also interested in Tennessee, Kentucky and Illinois – he has a cousin who plays for the Illini – but Louisville, according to his coach, was the favorite all along.

"He had a lot of visits to Louisville and ultimately that's where his heart led him to go," Turpin said. "I know they wanted him really badly. He did have an offer on the table but academics were a huge part in it (walking-on)."


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