The Louisville Cardinals are certainly making the offensive line a priority in the 2015 recruiting class. They just picked up a big commitment from Kenny Thomas, a 6’6 330 lb offensive lineman from Prattville, Alabama.
The JUCO and early enroll football signing period begins today and the Cards are expecting 7 letters of intent to come in. All 7 of these players will enroll in January and begin practice with the football team.
RB Jeremy Smith
RB Tim Cook
WR Paul Harris
OL Khalil Hunter
DL Drew Bailey
WR/RB Traveon Samuel
DB Jaire Alexander
Also be on the lookout today for JUCO prospects (OL) Justin Sandifer and (CB) Rasul Douglas who could also end up being Cards. We will have more on all of today’s additions later tonight here at CSZ.
Bobby Petrino has just landed another commitment from a junior college player. This one is from running back Jeremy Smith, who plays for Fresno City College in California. Smith is a 3-star player on 247 Sports and they also rank him as the 6th best junior college running back in the country.
Another one of this weekend’s visitors has committed to the Louisville Cardinals. This time it is Junior College defensive end Drew Bailey. He is from Atlanta, Georgia and plays for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi.
According to Mike Hughes of InsideTheVille.com, Louisville has landed a commitment from JUCO offensive lineman Justin Sandifer. He was one of the visitors that UofL hosted this weekend. Junior College players can sign with teams this coming Wednesday, and that is what Sandifer intends to do. So that should mean he and fellow JUCO offensive lineman Khalil Hunter will be on campus for spring ball.
For the third weekend in a row, Bobby Petrino and his staff are hosting some impressive recruits on campus. There aren’t as many this weekend when it comes to quantity, but the quality sure is there. Let’s take a look at who will be in town this weekend.
*Like always, the “four recruiting sites” are Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN*
Bobby Petrino did a short interview with the ACC Digital Network while at the Belk Bowl Press Conference on Wednesday. One thing that he was asked about was who would be lining up under center for the Cards. He says that Will Gardner will not be available, which we already knew. He then says that Reggie Bonnafon should be ready to go.
Bobby Petrino landed one of the top players in the class of 2017 when DB Brian Edwards (FL) picked the Cards. Now look I know what you are saying, “2017…really?” but this could end up being a big time get for Louisville. The 6’4 180 lb CB (yes 6’4 180 lb cb!) already holds offers from the likes of Florida State, Miami, and USC. The Cards will have a lot of work to do to hold on to Edwards but if they do look for him to be a 5 star player when the initial 2017 rankings come out. Follow Brian Edwards on twitter
The Louisville Cardinals just picked up another commitment for the 2015 class. Geron Christian, younger brother of UofL tight end Gerald Christian, has just committed to the Cards. He visited UofL’s campus the weekend of the Kentucky football game. He also has offers from Texas, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Miami, and more.
According to multiple media outlets, the Louisville Cardinals just picked up a commitment from 3-star cornerback Jaire Alexander. He was one of the visitor’s this weekend and came to town committed to South Carolina. As I said in the post that listed the visitors, this was one to watch out for.
He is listed at 6’0 and 175 lbs and is from Charlotte, North Carolina.
This gives the Cards 22 commitments for the class of 2015.
You can’t make this stuff up. Well, I guess you could. That seems like the only logical explanation, only it’s not. Bud Dupree, a senior for Kentucky’s football team….well, I guess he isn’t on the team anymore since their season is over, but I digress…had some interesting comments today.
Dupree was a guest on KSR and had this to say about the scuffle before the game: “We heard through the grapevine that coach Petrino told his players to meet us at the 50 so we met ‘em there.”
The regular season may be over, but recruiting season is in full swing for college football. Bobby Petrino and his staff will be hosting a crop of impressive visitors this weekend. Most of them are committed to other schools, so we will see if any of them flip to UofL. Let’s take a look at the list…
*Like always, the “four recruiting sites” are Rivals, Scout, 247, and ESPN*
TotalSororityMove.com ranked the top 25 football teams according to how hott the players are…….yea you read that right. Nevertheless the Louisville Cardinals came in at number 3 behind only Wisconsin and Arizona State. The website chose QB Kyle Bolin as the poster boy for the Cards. Something tells me Bobby wont be placing anything in the trophy case for this.
The Louisville Cardinals: #21 on the field, #3 in the heart of the ladies!
If you needed another reason to love Bobby Petrino he gave it to you. Coach Petrino wrote the following letter to CardNation thanking us for the support during this amazing season. There is one game left and I expect that Cardinal fans will be glad to return the gratitude.
Dear Cardinals Fans:
During this hectic time with recruiting, and preparing for our fifth-straight bowl appearance, I wanted to take a moment to personally thank all of our fans for their tremendous support during our first season in the ACC. We sold out each one of our home games and provided a big-time atmosphere for our players and recruits. The electricity in the stadium for home games versus Miami, Florida State and Kentucky were one of the main reasons why Papa John’s Stadium is one of the most difficult venues to play in the country.
On the road, the 15,000 fans in Notre Dame Stadium helped our team pull through for an emotional victory. Off the field, the support from the community for the Petrino Family Foundation has touched not just me, but many families in the community. This support reinforces for me why my family and I are so proud to call Louisville home.
With a bowl announcement coming on Sunday, I ask for your continued support to come with us as we try to capture our 10th win and our third-straight bowl victory. As we conclude our first year in the ACC, lets show the country what Louisville Football is all about.
Let’s Do This,
As Reggie Bonnafon was being attended to early in the 2nd quarter of Saturday’s Governor’s Cup game between Louisville and Kentucky, reality started to set it: we were going to have to turn to 3rd stringer Kyle Bolin. No big deal, right? Just down 13-0 to Kentucky, who has all kinds of momentum, and Bolin entering the game completing 4-7 passes for 35 yards in his career. No panic at all in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Now be serious, you know you were worried.
I love great stories in sports. Maybe “Rudy” was still fresh in my head after having watched it last Saturday before the Notre Dame game. So immediately, I turn to my buddy I go to games with, Chris Tingley, and say “Well, he IS from Lexington.” How sweet would it be for a kid from Lexington to bring the Cards back in this game against Kentucky? The Wildcats didn’t offer Bolin a scholarship until well after he was committed to Louisville. They let him get away, and on Saturday it would come back on them.
Got to love the wide receiver for UK (Jeff Badet) that squares up to fight and he isn’t even suited up to play. Easy to talk when you know you won’t get hit in the game.
This weekend is shaping up to be very big for the University of Louisville football team. The Cards enter the game against rival Kentucky with an 8-3 record and are playing to improve their Bowl Game stock. The Cats are 5-6 and are playing to become bowl eligible. That makes this game exciting enough.
On top of that, Bobby Petrino and the Cards will be hosting a LOT of recruits on campus for the game. The list is pretty incredible. What makes it more impressive to me is that this is rivalry weekend. There are huge games all over the country, and these kids will be right here in the ‘Ville checking out the Cards. That says a lot.
*The “four recruiting sites” that are referenced are 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals, and Scout.
According to Louisville Football SID Rocco Gasparro this Saturday’s game against UK will be a “Red Out”.
This continues the tradition of Red Outs for Louisville football on Senior Day. So make sure to wear red, pack the stadium, and be there early to send out one of the best senior classes in Louisville Football history!
If you are a Louisville football season ticket holder, the time you are waiting for all season has come. You had to suffer through bad home games like Miami and Florida State, but it was all worth it. Getting wins over ACC opponents like NC State and Wake Forest were just to pass the time. Any game you went to, it was just an event to hold us all over. It was all leading to this week. You know, when “the show in town, in the state” finally visits Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. Oh yes folks, we are blessed that Kentucky football is coming to put the show on display in front of our very eyes.
Don’t know what I am referring to? Back in April of this year, UK Offensive Coordinator Neal Brown had this to say after mentioning that there were no pro teams in the area. “The other team doesn’t want to hear that, but it’s it. We’re the show in town, in the state.” Good to know.
Let’s take a look at how the state (Commonwealth) of Kentucky has been represented by “The Show” this season. They are our leaders, so for the sake of all of us, surely it has gone well…
By now most of you have already heard but for those that have not the University of Louisville announced today that starting QB Will Gardner would miss the rest of the season due to injury. Gardner suffered an apparent knee injury in the Cards win over Boston College last Saturday. Bobby Petrino had this to say about the loss of Gardner:
“It is really unfortunate and disappointing for Will because of how hard he has worked and how respected he is in the locker room,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Will will continue to be an integral part of our program moving forward because of his leadership he has displayed and the respect he has in the locker room. “
Through seven games played Gardner threw for 1,669 yards and 12 touchdowns. Gardner did however have a message for CardNation via twitter