UPDATED: Louisville camps attracting top prospects

Quarterback Neil Caudle

This weekend Bobby Petrino and his staff will conduct camps for high school athletes at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium football complex. A number of the region's top prospects will be on hand to display their talent's to the Cardinal coaches.

The 2004 Louisville Cardinals, who finished the season as league and bowl champions, boasted of having the nation's top offense for the majority of the year. Petrino's well balanced and potent offense averaged 539 yards and just under 50 points a game. Senior quarterback Stefan LeFors, who was selected in the NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, led the nation in effeciency, while the Cardinals ground game, which also produced two NFL draftee's in Eric Shelton and Lionel Gates, averaged 250 yards an outing, 8th best in the land.

Due to this Louisville staff's ability to develop their players into NFL prospects, a number of the region's top athletes will be participating in one of the Cardinal's camps this weekend.

"When we recruit, we want to recruit guys that have the dream and ambition to play in the NFL," explained U of L head coach Bobby Petrino. "It's tough to be a college football player. You are required to do a lot of things, so you have to have that drive behind you."

Dozens of players will be trying to show that drive to Petrino and staff on Saturday and Sunday at the Papa John's Cardinal Stadium football complex.

While it is impossible to uncover all of the athletes that will be attending this weekend's camps, the following list includes some of the players that have confirmed with InsidetheVille.com that they plan on participating. Make sure to remain logged on to InsidetheVille.com for additions to this list throughout the weekend.

NOTE: Per NCAA rules, InsidetheVille.com, nor any other media, is allowed to visit with recruits while on campus for the camps.

Jeff Adams
Offensive Line
Trigg County HS
6'7, 330
BIO: Voted 1st Team All-Western Kentucky Conference and honorable mention All-State as an offensive tackle and nose guard for Trigg County coach Curtis Higgins.
OFFERS: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee


QB Earl Alexander
Earl Alexander
Quarterback
Central HS - Phenix City, AL
6'5, 210
BIO: Alexander passed for over 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in route to being named All-Area and All-County as a junior.
OFFERS: Alabama, Clemson and Louisville

Brian Anderson
Quarterback
Male HS - Louisville
6'4, 185
BIO: As a junior, Anderson threw for 2,613 yards and 21 touchdowns.
OFFERS: None currently

Justin Burke
Quaterback
Lexington Catholic
6'2, 185, 4.7
BIO: As the Knights starting quarterback for the past two seasons, Burke has tossed for 4,900 yards and 58 touchdowns, with just 11 interceptions. He has also proven to be elusive running the ball, racking up 419 yards and seven touchdowns as a junior.
OFFERS: Kentucky, Louisville, Memphis, Michigan State, Mississippi, Northwestern, North Carolina State, Purdue, Tennessee and Western Michigan

Neil Caudle
Quarterback
Spain Park HS - Hoover, AL
6'3, 205, 4.6
BIO: Caudle missed five games as a junior but was still able to put up excellent numbers. He was 129/200 for 1,634 yards with 15 touchdowns. He also rushed for 424 yards on 43 carries with five touchdowns.
OFFERS: Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Michigan and LSU.

David Cone
Quarterback
Statesboro HS - Statesboro, GA
6'6, 205
BIO: Threw for 1,015yds and 8 touchdowns as a junior in an offense not known for spreading the ball around through the air.
OFFERS: None currently

Bradley Dedeaux
Tight End/Defensive End
Midwest City HS - Oklahoma City, OK
6'3, 235
BIO: All-district as a junior after compiling 23 catches for 410 yards and 5 touchdowns as a tight end. Also totaled 79 tackles, 11 for a loss and 5 sacks from the defensive end position.
OFFERS: Oklahoma State and SMU

Chris Drayton
Safety/Linebacker
Lakeside HS - Evans, GA
BIO: As a junior he posted 84 tackles and four interceptions last year, along with averaging 20.5 yards on kickoff and punt returns.
OFFERS: Kentucky, Louisville

Joei Fiegler
Quarterback
Alcoa HS - Alcoa, TN
6'2, 185
BIO: A left-hander that is more comfortable in the pocket, Feigler tossed for 2,418 yards and 28 touchdowns his junior year, which culminated with the winning of the Class 2A State Championship.
OFFERS: Vanderbilt

Leonard Gordon
Receiver/Defensive Back
Fort Campbell HS - Fort Campbell
5'10, 190, 4.6
BIO: Was named his team defensive player of the year after piling up a whopping 128 total tackles from his safety spot as a junior.
OFFERS: Ball State, Kentucky, Louisville


WR Tim Hawthorne
Tim Hawthorne
Wide Receiver
Homewood HS - Homewood, AL
6'2, 195, 4.6
BIO: Holds the season and career receiving records at Homewood as a junior. Hawthorne's junior numbers were 84 catches for 1,360 yards with 14 touchdowns.
OFFERS: Louisville, Michigan State, all of the SEC, with the exception of Kentucky

Justin Jeffries
Defensive Line
St. Xavier HS - Louisville
6'5, 280
BIO: Solid in-state line prospect that garnered all-state honors following his junior season.
OFFERS: None currently

Jimorris Johnson
Receiver
Louisville Western HS
6'5, 195
BIO: Tall target that totaled nearly 500 yards receiving as a junior.
OFFERS: None currently

Micah Johnson
Running Back/Linebacker
Fort Campbell HS - Fort Campbell
6'2, 280, 4.9
BIO: May be the top prospect in the country. As a junior Johnson rushed for over 1,200 yards and scoring 17 touchdowns in just six games. Much of that yardage came in the last three games of the season when he switched to running back from fullback. He also made 173 tackles on defense and notes that he rarely played in the second half of games because his team was usually holding a big lead at intermission.
OFFERS: More than 30, which include Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU and Notre Dame

Greg Matthews
Wide Receiver
Edgewater HS - Orlando, FL
6'3, 190, 4.6
BIO: As a junior he hauled in 26 receptions for 397 yards and four touchdowns for Edgewater.
OFFERS: Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Kansas State, Louisville, Michigan, Oklahoma and West Virginia.

Michael McNeil
Tight End/Defensive End
Kirkwood HS - Kirkwood, MO
6'4, 215, 4.6
BIO: As a junior, McNeil caught 44 passes for 806 yards and six touchdowns.
OFFERS: Arkansas State, Indiana, Missouri, Nebraska and Northwestern

Josh Minton
Defensive End
Pulaski Southwestern HS
6'4, 250
BIO: Totaled 89 tackles, 16 for a loss, with 13 sacks as a junior, earning him All-Region, All-District and All-State honors.
OFFERS: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Michigan State, Mississippi, NC State, Ohio, Oklahoma, Purdue, Virginia Tech and Western Kentucky.

Eric Monroe
Tight End/Defensive End
Lakota West HS - West Chester, OH
6'6, 220
BIO: Tall target with good hands. Very good blocker, who will also play defensive end this fall.
OFFERS: None currently

Pete Nochta
Tight End
Tates Creek HS - Lexington
6'7, 235
BIO: Quarterback that projects as a tight end on the college level. In 2004, he was named All-State JR., All-Region, All-District, and All-City.
OFFERS: None currently

Troy Pascley
Wide Receiver
Marlington HS - Alliance, OH
6'2, 180, 4.4
BIO: Had 23 catches for over 500 yards on a predominantly run-oriented team.
OFFERS: Akron, Bowling Green, Miami of Ohio and Pittsburgh

Garnett Phelps
Receiver/Defensive Back
Ballard HS - Louisville
5'11, 185
BIO: Solid two-way player, recording 71 receptions for 1,006 yards and 5 scores and 428 yards and 11 touchdowns rushing on offense, while also collecting 75 tackles and 6 interceptions on defense.
OFFERS: None currently


TE Cory Powers
Cory Powers
Tight End
Auburndale HS - Auburndale, FL
6'5, 250, 4.8
BIO: He graded out at close to 90 percent on his blocking as a sophomore and caught eight passes. He missed his junior season because of an ACL injury.
OFFERS: None currently

Nick Sloan
Offensive Line
Adairsville HS - Adairsville, GA
6'3, 280
BIO: Lineman with solid footwork that projects as a center on the college level.
OFFERS: None currently

Eugene Sowell
Running Back
Shades Valley HS - Irondale, AL
6'0, 205
BIO: As a junior Sowell rushed for 1,058 yards and 20 touchdowns. Has good footwork and speed.
OFFERS: Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, LSU


WR Latarrius Thomas
Latarrius Thomas
Wide Receiver
New Smyrna Beach HS - New Smyrna Beach, FL
6'2, 195
BIO: During his junior campaign, he had 36 receptions for approximately 500 yards and eight touchdowns while being named First Team All-Conference and All-County.
OFFERS: Louisville, Nebraska, Temple and Tennessee

Shaine Tierney
Quarterback
Lakeshore HS - Stevensville, MI
6'2, 185, 4.8
BIO: Tierney is rated among the top quarterbacks in Michigan's 2006 class. He has good size and speed coupled with a strong throwing arm to run Lakeshore's high-powered spread offense. In two years as the starting signal-caller for Lakeshore, Tierney has passed for 3,554 yards and 37 touchdowns.
OFFERS: Central Michigan


QB J.C. Unitas
J.C. Unitas
Quarterback
St. Paul's HS - Brooklandville, MD
5'11, 175, 4.6
BIO: Grandson of former Louisville and NFL great Johnny Unitas. Taking over as St. Paul's starting quarterback this fall.
OFFERS: None currently

Deantwan Whitehead
Defensive End
West End HS - Birmingham, AL
6'6, 245
BIO: Tall athlete that projects as a defensive end of the college level.
OFFERS: Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville

OTHERS:
DL Kent Amshoff (Louisville St.X)
OL Derrick Elder (Louisville St.X)
CB Dexter Mitchell (Cincinnati Lakota West)

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