This week on LiveWith55: We talk to Cardinals Forever Tendai Charasika and Ibn Green. We go over player development, life after football, Pass commitment and the running backs situation this season. I will also open up the phone lines to talk Jawon Pass. This should be fun. Tune in also to hear what the format for the show next week will be. I am sure you will LOVE it!!
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Question: You open up conference play with a Clemson team that’s picked pre-season favorite in the ACC. What is your outlook on that?
PETRINO: It’s a great conference opener for us. Obviously we need to play our opening game in Atlanta versus Auburn first, then a very good Houston team comes to Louisville and plays us on Saturday, then Clemson is a Thursday night game, a short turnaround, something that is going to challenge our players to get ready for. We have to have a good plan for it. We’ve been working hard, getting ready for that game already. They’re a very good football team with an exciting quarterback. It’s a challenge for us but we’re looking forward to it. I know it’s going to be a great game to have at the University of Louisville, Papa John’s Stadium. That’s a fun thing being in the ACC, the teams we get to bring in on a year-to-year basis at Papa John’s.
The Louisville Cardinals picked up another commitment for the class of 2016 last night, and won a significant recruiting battle in the process. Michael Boykin, a 3-star defensive end from Carrollton, Georgia, committed to Louisville over Auburn. It was the third commitment since Thursday for the Cards, with the other two being Jawon Pass and T.J. Brunson.
In this week’s basketball recruiting notebook, Steve and I let you know that a couple of guys will be removed after they either committed elsewhere, cut the Cards from their list, or UofL simply moved on. Basketball recruiting for the class of 2016 is beginning to heat up. As always, this notebook focuses on the top targets for UofL.
This is your language warning. <——that was it, right there.
Apparently, some intern was really fed up with updating stats in the ACC media guide. Or, they are just showing their displeasure for Wake Forest football.
It has been a couple weeks since we have updated you on the condition of former Louisville football player Pete Nochta and his battle with lymphoma. Don’t forget, you can always donate to his gofundme page. Every little bit adds up.
The following update is from his friend Alyssa…
This is a page that you can view anytime by clicking the “Football Recruiting” tab, but I wanted to bring it to the front page to give people an update since we have had a couple of commits lately.
The Cards have 14 commits for the 2016 class right now. I have listed their star ratings from Rivals, 247 Sports, ESPN, and Scout. At the bottom of the page, you can view the class rankings from each of the four major recruiting sites.
Today on the show, Steve and I obviously talked a lot about Jawon Pass. Woody Womack from Rivals.com joined us in the second segment to talk more about Pass and if Auburn or Alabama really did want him. We then got random and talked Harvey Updyke, Toomer’s Corner, Maverick Rowan, and more. Click below to listen!
Jawon Pass committed to Louisville on Thursday, and that may have started a trend that will roll on through this weekend. On Friday, it was linebacker T.J. Brunson, a 3-star player from Columbia, South Carolina. Brunson is in town for Louisville’s Friday Night Lights football camp, along with plenty of other prospects that the Cards are looking at.
Brunson plays inside linebacker and is listed at 6’0 and 220 lbs. He also had offers from South Carolina and NC State, among other smaller schools in the area.
These videos are becoming the norm around here. I can’t remember any freshman that came into UofL with this much hype and fan support before ever playing a game. Social media will help things like that these days though. Check out this crazy athleticism here. It may look like a simple dunk to some, but you have to take into account how far back his arm goes. And if you think this is simple, will you be on my team the next time I have open gym?
And you have to love that Russ is in the video!
The University of Louisville baseball team just got a lot better for next season. Ace Kyle Funkhouser will NOT be signing with the LA Dodgers and he will return to UofL. It has been reported that the Dodgers did not have enough money to sign him. Whatever the reason is, we will take it!
Card Nation has been here before, hopes of football glory hinged on a high school football star picking up the hat with the “L” or the Cardinal bird on it and placing it on his head.
Sometimes it went our way, and other times the young man just made the wrong choice. ;)
All you can really say is…AND 1!!!!! (Do you get a point for just yelling it?)
Enjoy these Russ Smith highlights. That is pretty much a given though, right?
Full disclosure: that title was sort of Steve’s idea…
Big-time quarterback recruit Jawon Pass has made his decision, and that is to commit to the Louisville Cardinals. In the end, he chose Louisville over Auburn and a strong, late push from Alabama. I repeat: Louisville beat out Auburn and Alabama for a football recruit from Columbus, Georgia. Weird, huh?
Jawon Pass will make his decision today at 4:00 p.m. ET on where he will play his college football. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama. Normally when you see a list like that, you are just happy that Louisville is mentioned with the big boys of college football. But this time, the Cards have a legit chance to go down and get a recruit right from their territory.
I have said for a while that Jawon Pass is a name that I would get tired of hearing when it came to his recruitment. Now that it is the day he will announce, I can’t get enough of it. And most of that “me being tired of it” was due to the fact that it seemed like every time there was a new “top 5″ or “these two schools are in the lead” with him, the list was different. But it was mainly reporters that were putting these lists out that were constantly changing, not necessarily Jawon himself. So I wasn’t tired of Jawon Pass. I was just tired of hearing about the recruitment.
Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal spoke with Jawon Pass’ mother, Kershena Thomas, on Wednesday evening and got some last minute insight into the recruitment of Jawon. The quarterback will announce his decision on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. ET. He will be choosing between Louisville, Auburn, and Alabama.
Here are a few of the question and answers with Steve Jones and Kershena Thomas…