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 following comes from Andrea Adelson, who covers the ACC for ESPN.com. She recently posted an article wrapping up the first season in the ACC for the Cards. It may not have ended how we wanted it to, but I agree that overall, it was a successful first season in our new league.
There is only one way to describe the story of Louisville’s first season in the ACC:
Especially when you consider what the Cardinals had to deal with throughout 2014. Forget about the new staff and schemes. Louisville had to go without its best player for seven games; played three different quarterbacks; and faced perhaps the toughest schedule in school history.
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com posted an article on Thursday that was very interesting to read. He did research and came up with what programs have been the most successful in men’s basketball and football (combined) over the last 20 years. He calls that the “modern era” because “achievements in the 1940s, ’60s, and ’80s don’t bear much relevance today.” So this study begins in the 1995-96 season. The Louisville Cardinals rounded out the list at #4. Pretty impressive.
I will let him explain the criteria and how he came up with the top 4 teams:
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…
This year’s East-West Shrine Game will take place on Saturday, January 17 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. Instantly having flashbacks to the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl game in 2010 and leaving there being so excited to have a 7-6 record on the season.
This year’s game will include 6 former Louisville Cardinals playing for the East. And according to this article from cbssports.com, four of those six have been standing out at practices.
Some disappointing news broke late on Sunday night regarding a UofL football player. Terrence Ross, a redshirt sophomore from Apopka, Florida, was arrested on drug an assault charges and has been suspended from the team.
Louisville Offensive Coordinator Garrick McGee made a big statement on Thursday evening about the future of the program. He turned down an opportunity to interview for the vacant Offensive Coordinator position at Oklahoma. Why is that big news? McGee is from Tulsa, Oklahoma and played quarterback at Oklahoma.
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.
On Monday afternoon, it was learned that the Louisville Cardinals will not only have to replace Gerod Holliman in the secondary next season, but also James Sample, who will forego his senior season and enter the NFL Draft.
We have just seen a college career come to an end that we won’t soon forget. There are surely going to be some good wide receivers come in and play for UofL over the next several years. And the best ones will undoubtedly be compared to DeVante Parker. He has set a bar that will be nearly impossible to reach. The combination of his talent along with him being a hometown kid just make him one of the biggest fan favorites to ever come through the UofL football program.
Although he missed the first 7 games of his senior season, Parker still climbed to (or near) the top of many different categories in the UofL history books. So there will always be that “what if” factor with Parker’s numbers, especially because 6 of those first 7 games were said to be the “easier” part of the 2014 schedule. No telling what kind of numbers he would have put up against teams like Murray State, Syracuse, and Miami (again).
Here are where his final numbers rank in some of the wide receiver categories in UofL history…
Future Card Traveon Samuel will play in the Semper Fi All American Bowl tonight. Kickoff for the game is at 9 pm EST and will be televised live on Fox Sports 1. This will be Samuel’s first game back since breaking a bone in his leg earlier this year.
Samuel chose the Cards over offers from Alabama, Auburn, FSU, Clemson, LSU, OSU, Mississippi St., and many more. The 4 star athlete has already signed with Louisville and will enroll for the spring semester. Follow Traveon Samuel on twitter
Semper Fi All American Bowl
Time: 9 pm EST
Place: Carson California
TV: Fox Sports 1
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.
The football season is over for the Louisville Cardinals. While the 9-4 record is very good and I would call the season a success, that will be for another post. This one is just quick knee-jerk reactions to the Belk Bowl. The Louisville Cardinals fell to the Georgia Bulldogs 37-14 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Cards got Chubbed – We knew who the main threat on offense was for the Georgia Bulldogs, true freshman running back Nick Chubb. That didn’t seem to matter as Chubb ran all over the Cards for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns. He set records as well. I believe they said it was the most rushing yards by a Georgia player in a bowl game, as well as a Belk Bowl record. He was just incredible. Even with Georgia not having a great quarterback in any part of the game, Chubb was a beast. I think they will be just fine without Todd Gurley next season. Louisville just had trouble all game bringing him down.
Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino spoke with the media on Monday afternoon in Charlotte at the media day for the Belk Bowl. The Cards will take on the Georgia Bulldogs tonight at 6:30 pm ET.
Video from thecrunchzone.com.
Video from ACC Digital Network. Looks like the Cards have made the most of their time in Charlotte so far.
The Cards took a little time out from there preparation for Georgia this Tuesday to experience a ride in a professional NASCAR. Lorenzo Mauldin is your host as the Cards fulfill their need for speed!
Highly touted wide receiver prospect Dahu Green tweeted earlier that he has opened up his recruitment, but will still consider Louisville.
Right after the men’s basketball game ended on Tuesday night against Cal State Northridge, UofL twitter didn’t turn all of its attention to the Kentucky basketball game. Instead, news came out from ESPN680 radio that running back Michael Dyer would not play for the Cards in next week’s Belk Bowl. So then, the speculation started about why.