The football Cards are hosting 7 official visitors this weekend on campus. With National Signing Day less than two weeks away, official visits are big news right now.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that one of those seven visitors, wide receiver Emonee Spence, has committed to Louisville during his visit. He is 6’2 and 181 lbs from Pembroke Pines, Florida. ESPN rates him as a 4-star player, while the other three sites (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout) have him as a 3-star.
Bobby Petrino and his staff have certainly done their part so far when it comes to hosting big time recruits. Last weekend they hosted probably the most impressive group of visitors in quite some time for football, possibly ever for one weekend. This weekend is another important one with some solid names on the list. National Signing Day is just a couple of weeks away, so official visits at this point are very crucial.
*As always, the “four recruiting sites” are ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout.
The 2014 football season may be over, but the recruiting season never seems to end. With National Signing Day coming up on February 4, the Cards are hosting a lot of big visitors on campus this weekend. Some are already committed to UofL, so the staff will do what they can to solidify those commitments. Some are committed to other schools and some are not yet committed anywhere.
The four recruiting sites used are ESPN, 247 Sports, Rivals, and Scout. As of right now, there will be 18 official visitors. Here is who will be on campus this weekend…
Back in December, wide receiver Dahu Green opened up his recruitment after being committed to the Louisville Cardinals since June. Usually when that happens, the player does not end up committing to that school for a second time. But that may not be the case for Dahu Green.
No matter what the situation, anytime there is a verbal commit when it comes to college sports, there is always that chance that the kid could decommit and sign somewhere else. Until they sign the National Letter of Intent, a verbal commit is non-binding. They can get out of it whenever they want. Even with all of that, it is OK to get excited about a prospect committing to your school. After all, odds are they will sign with them rather than go somewhere else at the last minute.
Louisville could be closing in on landing a big time running back prospect from Florida. Dexter Williams, a 4-star running back on all four major recruiting sites, decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes on Friday. He committed back in April of 2014 but has taken plenty of other visits since then, including an official visit to Louisville back in December.
Highly touted wide receiver prospect Dahu Green tweeted earlier that he has opened up his recruitment, but will still consider Louisville.
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.
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.
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.
Bobby Petrino just picked up a commitment from Paul Harris, a 6’4 wide receiver who is a former Tennessee Volunteer. Harris now plays at Iowa Western Community College. He is originally from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Coming out of high school, Harris was a 4-star prospect on Rivals. He is currently a 3-star on 247 Sports. The Cards will lose some big experience at wide receiver after this season, so bringing in the 6’4 Harris is a great thing for Petrino.
The big win on Monday night over Miami is already starting to pay off on the recruiting trail. Trey Smith, a 6’1 210 lb athlete, committed to the Cards. He is from Madison, Mississippi and is the son of former NFL wide receiver Jimmy Smith, who played for Bobby Petrino with the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Smith also has offers from Mississippi State and Memphis. He is the 16th verbal commit for Louisville in the 2015 class. In his first high school game this season, Smith started at quarterback, but seemed to be more of the running QB. He rushed for 108 yards on 26 carries while throwing for 77 yards.
Bobby Petrino and his staff are certainly picking things up when it comes to recruiting. He just landed another verbal commit, the 14th of the class and the second one on Thursday night (G.G.Robinson committed earlier). This one is from Jaylen Smith, a 6’3 wide receiver out of Pascagoula, Mississippi. Smith is rated as a 3-star player on 247 Sports, ESPN, and Scout. Rivals has him as a 2-star player.
Smith recently named his final 6 schools, and ultimately chose the Cards over Nebraska, Cincinnati, Arizona State, Temple, and South Alabama.
The Louisville Cardinals just picked up a pretty big commitment for the class of 2015. Khane Pass, a safety from Columbus, Georgia has just become the 11th member of Bobby Petrino’s 2015 recruiting class. Pass is a 3-star prospect on all four major recruiting sites. He is listed at 6’0 and 195 lbs. Rivals ranks him as the 34th best safety in the country.
Pass also holds offers from Clemson, Texas A&M, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, North Carolina, N.C. State, Purdue, and more.
Myles Washington, a running back from New Orleans (John Curtis High School) visited UofL on Tuesday and came away very impressed. “The visit was great,” Washington told CSZ. “They (Louisville) are definitely at the top.” Although Washington is only rated as a 2-star player, that is thought to be a little misleading because he plays two positions. In high school, he plays running back and quarterback. If he played only running back, he may be considered a 3-star.
Louisville picked up their 10th commitment for the 2015 class on Monday afternoon. Tim Bonner, an outside linebacker/defensive end from Demopolis, Alabama chose the Cards over Mississippi State and Kentucky. He is listed at 6’5 and 215 lbs.
He will likely play both of those positions at UofL. He can play outside linebacker in the 3-4, and play on the line in the 4-3. He could be similar to what Lorenzo Mauldin will do this season.
Tevon Coney is a 4-star linebacker from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida and has offers from nearly every big-time school in the country. On Monday afternoon, he tweeted out that he will also be considering the Louisville Cardinals. 247 Sports ranks him as the 11th best inside linebacker in the country. Rivals rates him as the 9th best inside linebacker.
Along with an offer from the Cards, Coney also has offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Georgia, Clemson, Michigan State, and many more.
Will Gragg is rated as a 4-star Tight End on all four major recruiting sites (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout, ESPN). On Monday, he tweeted out his top 6, which he said in no order are: LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Alabama, Texas, and Louisville. 247 Sports rates him as the 3rd best tight end in the country. Scout has him 5th, ESPN 7th, and Rivals 9th. So he is a consensus top 10 player at his position according to those sites.