"He played tight end last year for us and did an outstanding job," said Bryan Station coach Oliver Lucas. "He has excellent feet and good speed and he'll make a good offensive tackle. That's his best position and I think that's where he'll play in college."
UofL, UK, Miami (OH), Cincinnati and Western Kentucky are interested in Haanz Nutter, a 6-3, 250-pound defensive end. Nutter, like Ball, also attended Louisville's camp. "He's the heir apparent to Roy Philon," Lucas said. "Haanz Nutter's arms are longer (than Philon's), he has great speed and great upside range. He runs well off the edge and gets sacks."
UofL, Kentucky and Colorado are a few of the schools showing interest in Chaz Mitchell, a speedy 5-10, 170-pound wide receiver. Mitchell, who boasts 4.4 40-speed, also is a dangerous return threat for Bryan Station.
"Chaz is a cousin of Tyson Gay (track star) and has blinding speed," said Lucas. "He's an athlete and he can play any position. He's a legitimate 4.4 guy. He's got mad get-ups. He's just an all-around athlete. We use him all over the field and try to get him the ball any way we can. His bloodline is really good."
Though Louisville hasn't offered Ball, Nutter or Mitchell, the Cardinals appear to have strong ties to the Defenders program, partly because of landing Roy Philon in 2009.
"UofL would be hard pressed not to come in and get a kid every year from us because they have Roy Philon up there who was one of our captains and a lot of the kids respect," Lucas said. "They've been very visible around our kids and they enjoyed the (UofL) camp and thought highly of it."
Louisville is also interested in 2011 Bryan Station standout Darrian Miller, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound offensive lineman. Miller was a second team All-City selection as a sophomore.
"He was probably one of the top offensive linemen in the state as a sophomore," Lucas said. "He's been offered by everybody but he can't be offered officially until September."