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Get To Know Pete Nochta


University of Louisville Football’s on campus recruiting director is Pete Nochta. Today, we get to know the former player, turned coach, a little better. Why does he think high school players should consider UofL? What does Petrino mean to him? Listen below to find out the answers to these questions and many more.


Lamar Jackson And The Disrespect


It is no secret that the football world is once again, sleeping on Lamar Jackson. Leading up to his Junior season, the 2016 Heisman winner has been on very few preseason lists. While Lamar shrugs it off, the fans and his teammates know they will all regret it soon enough. Yahoo!’s Pat Forde sat down with Lamar and company last week and talked about this upcoming season. You will see below why Forde believes Lamar Jackson is the most disrespected Heisman winner of all time.

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Fast Facts With Jaylen Smith


Today we sit down with Jaylen Smith and find out more about the Wide Receiver. We get to know where his hometown is, and what it’s known for. Who is his favorite superhero? And most importantly, does he prefer tacos or hamburgers? Here is Fast Facts with Jaylen Smith.

Cardinal Football Reveals Captains


The 2017 University of Louisville Cardinal Football team voted on captains this past week. Take a look below to see who they are and let us know what you think.

Cards In The NFL

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The National Football League (NFL) has become America’s past time. The Superbowl is one of the most watched televised events year after year. The halftime show has become so iconic, that even Queen Bey herself (Beyonce) has paid to perform during it.

At the University of Louisville, we have the opportunity to cheer on a really good team every year. But we do not have a professional team in our backyard. So this gives us the unique chance to (almost) pick who our favorite NFL team is. Some of us have family ties to certain teams, others had a favorite collegiate player that they followed into their professional careers. Whatever the case may be, Louisville has a wide variety of NFL fandom roaming our streets.

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Robert Hicks III Commits To Louisville


This afternoon on Twitter, Class of 2018 linebacker Robert Hicks III announced his decision to commit to the University of Louisville.

Hicks III is the 262nd ranked prospect according to the ESPN300 list for the Class of 2018, and is also listed as a 4* recruit by the same website. He is the 8th best linebacker in the class, and was also fielding offers from Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Louisville Lands Commitment From DB Jarek Campbell

Landing their fourth commitment in 2 days, and their fifth in 3 days, the Louisville Football program landed another Class of 2018 recruit on the defensive side of the ball, this time from 3 Star defensive back Jarek Campbell. According to Rivals, Campbell is the 19th ranked athlete in the state of Tennessee.

Cards Land JUCO DTs Jared Goldwire & Antar Thompson

Capping off a day in which the Louisville football program had already landed a commitment from Elvis Dumervil’s nephew Dejmi Dumervil Jean, the Cards also landed a pair of JUCO defensive tackles, a position of need in wake of losing DeAngelo Brown and National Signing Day.

2 Star defensive tackle Jared Goldwire and 3 Star defensive tackle Antar Thompson both announced on Twitter this afternoon that they had committed to the University of Louisville. Their announcements had come within 10 minutes of each other.

Dejmi Dumervil Jean Commits To Louisville

3 Star Defensive Tackle/Offensive Guard Dejmi Dumervil Jean announced this morning on twitter that he has officially committed to the University of Louisville. Dumervil Jean is the nephew of former Louisville great Elvis Dumervil.

Dejmi Dumervil Jean’s Highlights

National Signing Day Analysis


Yesterday, Louisville signed one of its top recruiting classes in the football program’s history. With a Heisman Trophy winner, new offensive line coach and defensive coordinator, there’s a lot of buzz surrounding Louisville’s 2017 season. Who else is buzzworthy from this year’s recruiting class?

(Click on more below for the breakdown)

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NSD 2017: Recruits to Watch


The Louisville Football recruiting class of 2017 is shaping up to be the best recruiting class in program history. With National Signing Day finally here, let’s take a look at some of the remaining recruits the coaching staff has their eyes on.

AJ Davis

Position: RB
24/7 Sports Rating: 4* (.9088)
19th ranked running back
Other School of Interest: North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Missouri, USF
24/7 Sports Crystal Ball Prediction: Louisville (75%), Florida (25%)

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CB Russ Yeast Commits to Louisville


Credit: Indianapolis Star

Another day, another big time commitment for the University of Louisville.

Defensive back Russ Yeast, who was the #4 rated player in the state of Indiana on 24/7 Sports, commits to Louisville almost a week after the Cards grabbed another top recruit in four-star running back Colin Wilson. Yeast chose the Cardinals over Auburn, Alabama and Kentucky, whom Yeast had committed to prior to his announcement today.

Yeast joins his father, Craig, as a potential second-generation college football player. Craig Yeast played as a wide receiver for Kentucky from 1995-1998, and played for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.

With Yeast’s commitment to the Cardinals, Louisville now has 23 commitments in the 2017 class, while ranked in the top 30 on both ESPN and Scout’s rankings. Louisville’s class is ranked as high as 23rd on, and could be trending up with this commitment.

Featured Friday Fan Photo


James and Rebecca are raising TJ right. Start ’em young I always say.

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List of visitors for huge football recruiting weekend


Tim Haag/CardinalSportsZone

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*

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Jawon Pass is “not wavering…still committed to Louisville”

Jawon Pass


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.

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Desmond Fitzpatrick trims list to four

Desmond Fitzpatrick

Photo: 247 Sports

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…

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Louisville football commit calls his recruitment “officially over”

Michael Boykin


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.

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Desmond Fitzpatrick decommits from Louisville

Desmond Fitzpatrick

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.

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Louisville adds late offensive tackle for 2015

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

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.

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Defensive lineman from Alabama commits to Louisville

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

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.

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