Louisville is the hotbed in Kentucky
Originally Published: August 21, 2012By Dave Hooker | RecruitingNation
Even though the state of Kentucky pales in comparison to other states in the Southeast, there is clearly top talent there as evident by Notre Dame, Southern California, Vanderbilt, Louisville and Kentucky all picking up commitments from the top 10 prospects in the Bluegrass State. The quarterback position has been strong over the past two years -- Patrick Towles and Zeke Pike signed with Kentucky and Auburn in 2012, respectively. This year, quarterback Kyle Bolin, a Lexington, Ky., native, has been committed to Louisville since September. However, the city of Louisville is the talent bed as five of the top nine prospects reside there. Surprisingly, the Cardinals haven't taken advantage of the nearby talent, unlike Southern California with ESPN 300 defensive end Jason Hatcher (Louisville, Ky./Trinity), Vanderbilt with cornerback Ryan White (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) and Kansas with offensive tackle Joey Bloomfield (Louisville, Ky./Ballard). Offensive tackle Hunter Bivin is the highest-rated commitment from Kentucky. The ESPN 150 offensive tackle from Owensboro (Ky.) Apollo committed to Notre Dame in March and is considered the second-best prospect in the state.
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States Of Recruiting
Every year, recruiters search the country for the nation's best players. They log countless miles and no state is ignored. So which states have the most to offer this year? RecruitingNation goes state by state and examines the overall talent level, names the top undecided prospect, finds a player whose name you should remember and also breaks down which schools are doing the best in each state.
• Alabama: Recruits split -- Bama or Auburn?
• Arkansas: Top prospect leaving the state
• Arizona/New Mexico: Strong in secondary
• Calif. offense: Catching on in Golden State
• Calif. defense: USC cherry picking the elite
• Colorado: Battle to keep best at home
• Florida offense: Loaded with RBs, WRs
• Florida defense: Best group ever?
• Georgia: One of nation's top classes
• Hawaii/Alaska: Recruiters hit the Islands
• Iowa: Not deep, but getting better
• Illinois: Best class in recent memory
• Indiana: Getting a little better
• Kansas: More juco talent
• Kentucky: Louisville the hotbed
• Louisiana: Plenty of prospects
• Maryland: West coast invasion
• Michigan: U-M takes top talent
• Mississippi: Top recruits stay home
• Minnesota: ATH Onwualu leading the way
• Missouri: Tigers protecting borders well
• Nebraska: Quality over quantity
• Nevada: Hitting the jackpot in Las Vegas
• Northeast: Recruiters hitting area hard
(Conn., Del., D.C., Mass., Maine, Vt., N.H., R.I.)
• N.J./N.Y.: Bright lights, big recruits
• North Carolina: Prospects leaving home
• Ohio: Ohio State, Michigan battling
• Oklahoma: Sooners defending their turf
• Pacific Northwest: Ducks flying high
(Oregon, S.D., N.D., Idaho, Wyoming)
• Pennsylvania: WVU raiding the state?
• South Carolina: Surprisingly stocked
• Texas offense: Loaded with prospects
• Texas defense: Bigger and better
• Tennessee: Vols battling for local talent
• Utah: Loaded with linemen, as usual
• Virginia/West Virginia: Hokies capitalizing
• Wisconsin: Stocked with defensive ends
• Washington: Browne leads loaded QB crop