LOUISVILLE, Ky.- Louisville's tradition-rich Male High has another college-bound standout for the Class of 2008. Defensive end/outside linebacker Dexter Heyman already holds one scholarship offer and is getting interest from a number of additional programs.
Male has churned out a number of prospects in recent years including Michael Bush, Montrell Jones, Chris Redman and Doug Beaumont.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder holds a scholarship offer from the University of Louisville, where his brother Earl Heyman, plays. He also is getting interest from Kentucky, Florida, Clemson, Tennessee, Notre Dame and Michigan.
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Heyman plans to attend the Vols' spring game on March 31.
"I'm going down there to check it out and see if I like it," he said. "I am going to see how the facilities are."
The Wolverines are no strangers to recruiting success in the state of Kentucky. Michigan took three of the state's top five prospects from the Class of 2005 and were a finalist for Rivals100 jumbo athlete Micah Johnson in the Class of 2006.
Michigan has Heyman's attention as well.
"It's just a great institution with great tradition," Heyman said. "It's unparalleled, really, the tradition that they have. The closest thing here locally would be Tennessee."
Given his family ties to U of L, the Cardinals are a factor. Heyman hasn't had a chance to meet with new Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe.
"The day he was supposed to come by here, we had a two-hour (weather) delay," Heyman said. "But I hear nice things from my brother. Everybody asks me I will go to U of L because of my brother, but it doesn't matter. If I find another school that's a good fit for me, it doesn't matter if it's in Kentucky, California or wherever. That's where I am going to go."
Joker Phillips is recruiting Heyman for the University of Kentucky and "has been staying in contact," according to the jumbo athlete.
Heyman will anchor the Male defense from the middle linebacker position during the 2007 season, but plans on also seeing time at wide receiver, fullback and weakside defensive end. Heyman projects as an outside linebacker/defensive end at the collegiate level.
"I am quick for my size," Heyman said. "Not a lot of people can get their hands on me. If I had something I needed to work on, it would be to get lower. Not a lot of guys my size can run with wide receivers and running backs."
Heyman is a member of the Rivals250 to watch for the Class of 2008.