National Signing Day for college football is Wednesday, February 3, meaning that this is the final weekend of official visits for recruits before they sign the dotted line and choose where they will be attending school. In other words, this is a HUGE weekend for programs across the country, and Louisville is no exception. The Cards will be hosting commits, as well as recruits that have yet to make their verbal pledge anywhere. The weekend is highlighted by Jawon Pass and Desmond Fitzpatrick being on campus.
Here is a quick rundown of who will be in town this weekend. *Subject to change, as is everything with recruiting*
National Signing Day is coming up on Wednesday, February 3rd. So when your big time commits take visits to powerhouse programs like an Alabama, some people get a little nervous. Now obviously, if you listened to Cardinal Sports Zone on 93.9 The Ville this past Saturday morning, you heard me say that a recruiting expert from down south was still believing that Pass was solid to Louisville, and to not make much of his visit to ‘Bama. If you didn’t listen, and you were freaking out, well then maybe it’s lesson learned?
Steve Jones of the Courier Journal spoke to Pass’ mother (Kershena Thomas) about the visit to see Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide. Here are a few things that she had to say about the trip and where the recruitment stood with Jawon.
Big time 2016 wide receiver recruit Desmond Fitzpatrick narrowed his list of schools to four today. Fitzpatrick is a former Louisville commit that decided to open his recruitment back up, which is perfectly within his rights as a high school recruit. If coaches can look for other jobs, then kids can look at other schools to be certain they make the right decision. But that is a topic for another day. Let’s see who Fitzpatrick’s final four teams are…
Recruiting in college sports is a crazy thing. And National Signing Day for college football isn’t until February, so plenty of time for things to change. But Louisville fans got some good news when big-time commit Mike Boykin tweeted the following about his recruiting process and where he stands.
In not-so-shocking news, class of 2016 4-star wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick decommitted from the Louisville Cardinals on Sunday evening. Sometimes, the writing is just on the wall in these kinds of situations. Now I am not going to sit here and say “If you didn’t see this coming, you are dumb and weren’t paying attention.” I will leave that kind of attitude for others. Informing you is what we are here for, and that is all I am doing.
The Louisville Cardinals had one scholarship left over for the 2015 class when it was learned that running back James Allen would not qualify and make the grades to get here. It appears that the scholarship will be used by offensive tackle Toriano Roundtree, who stands at 6’8 and weighs anywhere from 295-300 lbs, depending on what site you look at.
I am about a day late getting to this, but it happens. Life happens. Anyways, if you missed it, Louisville football got another commitment for the 2016 class when Caleb Tillman made his pledge to the Cards. Tillman is a defensive lineman from Dothan, Alabama and is a former Mississippi State commit. Most sites list him as a defensive end, but one also has him as a defensive tackle. At his size of 6’3 and around 265 lbs, that is more likely suited for a defensive end.
Lyndell Wilson is considered to be the top outside linebacker in the country according to ESPN and 247 Sports. Rivals has him as the third best. Scout has him has the top inside linebacker in the country. Either way you look at it, Wilson is one of the top recruits in the nation, and he was on UofL’s campus this weekend with some teammates from Carver High School in Montgomery, Alabama. I think it is safe to say that Wilson enjoyed his time at UofL…
On today’s edition of the Cardinal Sports Zone, Steve and I talk a LOT of football. We talk about some of the recent commits, how important it is to keep local kids here, and ticket sales for the Auburn game. Click below to listen!
Louisville football has a lot of positive momentum on the recruiting trail these days, and we will see if they can cash in this weekend. Lyndell Wilson, the top linebacker in the country, will be visiting the Cards with a couple of his teammates. Wilson is an outside linebacker from Montgomery, Alabama (Carver High School).
Louisville tight end Charles Standberry also attended Carver High School, and that is who Wilson references in this tweet. How much can Standberry help?
The commit train has pulled out of the station and has a full head of steam! Louisville just got another commitment for the class of 2016, their second of the day. Earlier this afternoon, it was Male High School standout Keion Wakefield. This time, it is Tabarius Peterson, a 3-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Tucker, Georgia.
Male High School wide receiver Keion Wakefield has just committed to the University of Louisville. He chose the Cards over Kentucky, Indiana, and Purdue. Wakefield is a 3-star player on all four major recruiting sites. He is listed around 5’11 and 175 lbs.
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.
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.
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…