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August 3, 2013Louisville Male High School was the destination of my last practice report of the week. This team retrains about half its talent from last year's team and is bringing up a brilliant group of to-be sophomores led by Keion Wakefield.
The young standout already possesses an offer from the University of Kentucky and is being recruited by SEC heavy-weight Florida. A recruitment that is being headed by the former head coach at Kentucky, Joker Phillips, has already had him down in Gainesville for a camp.
While at the camp, he didn't get much of a chance to prove himself because of the mass amount of campers attending. It didn't help that the one day camp was cut short by rain which forced instructors to eliminate 7on7 play.
One thing Wakefield did get to show off was his speed in a race against campers at his grade level. Male's new prime target finished in the top five in that section of the camp. Overall Wakefield says of florida, "It's a nice campus, I like it."
When at Kentucky things went completely different, Wakefield was offered a scholarship before he left. A move that shocked him a bit because of his age.
His team, Male, will run a spread offense that is likely to feature him more and more as the years go by. Wakefield is not alone in the receiving core, Marque Northington will be playing some slot along with sharing carries with Ellis Cain in the backfield. Avery Haynes is another playmaker in that bunch of pass catchers.
Junior Davis Mattingly will lead this team from the quarterback position after winning out what was an open competition going into the summer. He is great size for the position and has a pretty sound throwing motion. He should also feel safe with the hogmollies up front Male has this year.
Senior Marcus Smith is going to help keep defenders out of the backfield this season with his large frame. Another big boy on that line is sophomore Isaiah Arnold with his size and ability I would have to say he's a future division one prospect.
The leaders of the defense and this team are a set of twins by the name of Mike and Malik Malone. They are fierce competitors with a will to win and fight that some only wish they had in them. Very intelligent football players that have landed themselves the role of team captains.
Male has their work cut out for them, as they do every year, playing in the toughest district (district 4) in the entire KHSAA with adversaries St. Xavier and Trinity.