Anytime a head coach moves on to another job, the recruiting class becomes an issue. Will players follow him, stay committed to the school, or open their recruitment back up? We will see how this all plays out with the current class for Louisville, but some guys have already made their decisions.
3-star players Isaiah Ford and Kavaris Harkless have already de-committed from the Cards. Harkless is an offensive lineman and is expected to be enrolled at the University of Florida on Monday. Ford is a two-star athlete who planned on also being a walk-on for the basketball team. He is a wide receiver on the football field. It is expected that he will end up at Virginia Tech.
4-star defensive back Nilijah Ballew says he is still committed, but is just waiting to see who will be hired. He is “upset, confused, and stressed.”
The football Cards will have some important Visitors on campus this weekend. The Cards will have four current Commits in town as well as one big time level Junior College player. Among the commits this weekend will be 4* WR Isaiah Ford, 3* OL Kavaris Harkless, 3* RB LJ Scott, and 3* WR Cameron Polk. Scott and Polk are both looking to possibly enroll early in January while Ford and Harkless are getting a last look at the Louisville campus before decided whether to stick with the Cards or listen to other offers. While it looks as both Ford and Harkless will stick with the Cards Virginia Tech (Ford) and Florida (Harkless) have made strong moves in the last few months to sway the Louisville Commits, so this visit is key.
Along with the Commits the Cards will host the #1 rated weak side DE Trevon Young. The 6’4 225 lbs Young is playing his JUCO ball at Iowa Wesleyan where last season he recorded 44 tackles and 13 sacks. Young recently took a visit to Ole Miss and after this weekend will make his decision between the Cards, Ole Miss, Arkansas, and Iowa.
Currently the Cards have 14 verbal commits for the class of 2014. Of those 14 players, 8 are from the state of Florida. Coach Strong and staff continue to be a big time presence in the sunshine state when it comes to recruiting. Here is the list of commits so far, as well as their ranking on certain sites. Go Cards!
2014 UofL Football Commits (verbal)
Team recruiting rankings (May 22, 10:00 p.m.)