Louisville couldn't keep Vanderbilt from reaching into Louisville (Ky.) Seneca High and snagging 2014 defensive end Lloyd Tubman. So when it comes to 2015 Seneca wide receiver Mikal Ballard, the Cardinals are taking a more aggressive approach.
The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Ballard was on campus last week for the Cardinals game against Memphis and has been in regular contact with receivers coach Ron Dugans.
"Coach Dugans and I had been talking through social media, so it was a chance to meet him and see the program," Ballard said. "I had recently sent my film to them and they said they really wanted me up there. I'm glad I went."
Despite living in Louisville, it was the first trip to a Cardinals' game as a recruit for Ballard.
"I like the atmosphere there," he said. "It was my first time being there in person for a game. I've been to camp there before, but that was different. Now that my season is over I've been getting back in contact with schools and Louisville is one of the main ones I'm talking to."
Other schools showing interest in Ballard include Kentucky, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, Purdue, California and Nebraska.
"I've been talking a lot to Cincinnati and Western Kentucky," Ballard said. "They've been sending a bunch of mail and trying to get me down for games."
Kentucky is also showing strong interest and wanted Ballard on campus for this past weekend's game against Tennessee. Unfortunately he couldn't make it, but said he'll be in Lexington during the offseason.
"I talked to Coach (Neal) Brown at Kentucky and he says they've been watching me," Ballard said. "They wanted me to come down for the game, but it didn't work out. I'm going to try to visit soon, though."
This offseason will likely include a busy camp schedule for Ballard, who said he wants to get out and prove to coaches that he can play either wide receiver or safety at the next level.
"I'm going to go to a lot of schools like Louisville, Kentucky, Western Kentucky and Cincinnati," he said. "I also want to camp at Michigan State and Michigan because that's where I lived before I moved to Kentucky."
Woody Wommack is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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