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UofL Football Picks Up Commitment From Huge JUCO TE

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UofL Football picked up a huge commitment this evening from Garden City Community College (KS) TE Nigel Kilby.

The 6’8 250 lbs Kilby chose the Cards over offers from Central Florida, FIU, East Carolina, and SMU among others. The lead recruiter for UofL was Chris Klenakis.

Kilby had 458 yards receiving and 10 TD catches in 12 games for Garden City Community College per their website. He averaged 38.2 yards receiving a game.

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UofL Football Commit Helps Team Win First State Title In A Decade

IMG_20171209_155123Photo Courtesy of Tutu Atwell’s Twitter Account (@c5_atwell)

UofL Commit Tutu Atwell led the Miami Northwestern Bulls to their first state title since the days of Teddy Bridgewater. He looked great doing it too.

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2018 UofL QB Commit Wins A Player Of The Year Award

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2018 UofL QB Commit Jordan Travis of the Benjamin School, was named the Lou Groza Palm Beach County Player of the Year tonight at the Lou Groza Awards Banquet.

Travis, a dual threat QB, had an excellent year throwing and running the ball. Per, he completed 62% of his passes for 2190 yards, 24 Passing TDs, and just 6 interceptions. Travis rushed for 905 yards and 16 TDs while averaging 11.9 yards a carry.

The award has been given annually to the best player in the county of Palm Beach, FL. The winner is selected by a panel of Palm Beach County football coaches and local media.

Past winners include former NFL RB Fred Taylor, former NFL WR Anquan Boldin, NFL S Matt Elam, and UofL’s current Heisman QB Lamar Jackson.

Jordan Travis continues the trend of excellent dual threat QBs to attend UofL and seems to be following in the footsteps of Lamar Jackson. That’s not a bad person to follow. Congrats Jordan Travis on your award.

You can see the video of the announcement of his winning of the award at the awards banquet below, courtesy of Adam Lichtenstein of the Palm Beach Post.

UofL Football Commits And Top Target Give Valiant Effort In State Semifinal Loss


UofL Commits DT Dejmi Dumervil Jean, OT Tyler Steen, and S Trenell Troutman, along with top target OLB Nik Bonnito, fell short in their quest to win their fourth consecutive FL Class 7A state title. Their team, the St Thomas Aquinas Raiders fell to the Venice Indians 27-20 in the state semifinal.

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UofL Commit Leads His High School To First State Title Game Appearance Since 2008

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Congrats to UofL Commit Tutu Atwell as his team, the Miami Northwestern Bulls, routed Naples High School Friday night 42-7 to advance to the FL 6A Title game. It’s the first time Northwestern has played in the title game since 2008, when a sophomore QB by the name of Teddy Bridgewater led them.

Atwell played well rushing 5 times for 45 yards and a TD. He also was 3 of 6 passing for 32 yards. He didn’t play the entire second half, however, as he injured his ankle late in the first half.

Both Atwell and his coach told the Miami Herald he would’ve gone back in, but with the lead the team had built he was held out for precautionary reasons.

We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish him luck in the title game.

2018 WR Sets Official Visit To UofL Before Making College Choice

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Jatavious Harris, an ESPN 4 Star WR and former Tennessee commit, has scheduled dates for 2 official visits as well as for the announcement of his college choice.

Harris is set to visit Pittsburgh on December 8th and then UofL a week later on December 15th. His announcement of his college choice is set for December 19th.

Despite a glut of WRs both on the roster and committed currently, Harris is a type of player you make room for. A 6’2 176 lbs WR with good speed and excellent size, his offer list is impressive.

Mark December 19th on your calendar Cards fans. It could be a nice early Christmas gift from Santa to our favorite college football team.

UofL Football Visitor List: Syracuse


With UofL’s final home game of the season coming Saturday, they are having quite a few recruits visiting. There is a lot of local flavor with the bulk of visitors from  within the city and state. There is also a current 2019 QB commit visiting. Here is the list below.



2018-Shannon Bishop-CB-PRP HS-KY

2018-Nick Bohn-QB-Trinity HS-KY

2018-Jackson Burke-OL-Owensboro HS-KY

2018-Charles Cameron-DT-Copiah-Lincoln CC-MS

2018-Joe Comer-ATH-West Georgia-GA

2018-Jimmy Edmonds-DE-Ballard HS-KY

2018-Gunner Henderson-WR-McAllen HS-TX

2018-Chad Holleran-LB-Franklin County HS-KY

2018-Christion Horton-ATH-Ballard HS-KY

2018-Ethan Hull-LB-Trinity HS-KY

2018-Nigel Kilby-TE-Garden City CC-KS

2018-Zach Rodgers-RB-Floyd Central HS-IN

2018-Leonard Taylor-TE-Springfield HS-OH

2018-Russell Thomas-WR-Manual HS-KY

2018-Evan Walton-DT-Boardman HS-OH

2018-Tyrese Wynn-WR-Bendle HS-MI

2019-Keevan Bailey-ATH-Salem HS-GA

2019-Daniel Balanganayi-OL-Palatine HS-IL

2019-Tanner Bowles-OL-Glasgow HS-KY

2019-Drew Brenowitz-LS-Good Counsel HS-MD

2019-Jared Casey-LB-Ballard HS-KY

2019-Charles Coleman-RB-Oswego HS-IL

2019-DJ Dale-DL-Clay-Chalkville HS-AL

2019-Moses Douglas-SAF-Springfield HS-OH

2019-Jonathan Fells-RB-Carroll HS-AL

2019-Andrew Gaylor-OLB-Dora HS-AL

2019-Isaiah Gibson-DT-Springfield HS-OH

2019-MJ Griffin-CB-Saline HS-MI

2019-Nolan Groulx-WR-Hough HS-NC

2019-Brett Hiatt-ATH-Timberland HS-MO

2019-Treyvion Houston-QB-Greer HS-GA

2019-Bryan Hudson-OL-Scott County HS-KY

2019-Ben Jackson-OL-Clark County HS-KY

2019-Jehdon Jenkins-LB-Clark County HS-KY

2019-Thomas Kiessling-LB-St Xavier HS-OH

2019-Shawnkel Knight-Goff-ATH-Doss HS-KY

2019-Devin Lester-RB-Graham HS-VA

2019-AJ McCorkle-CB-Salem HS-GA

2019-Jevin Murray-CB-Shadow Creek HS-TX

2019-Frederick Orr, Jr.-RB-Rossview HS-TN

2019-Adonis Otey-CB-Blackman HS-TN

2019-Nathan Presnell-QB-Hiram HS-GA

2019-Adam Renfro-ATH-Paris HS-KY

2019-Aidan Robbins-RB-Manual HS-KY

2019-Wandale Robinson-WR-Western Hills HS-KY

2019-David Russell-DE-Father Ryan HS-TN

2019-Matt Salopek-WR-Archbishop Hoban HS-OH

2019-Nitavius Thomas-RB-Clark County HS-KY

2019-Shemar Thompson-RB-Williams HS-NC

2019-Marquel Tinsley-WR-Daviess County HS-KY

2019-Bryson Washington-ATH-C.E. King HS-TX

2019-Jashon Watkins-SAF-East Nashville HS-TN

2019-JJ Weaver-DE-Moore HS-KY

2019-Von Williams-RB-Owensboro Catholic HS-KY

2020-Landen Bartleson-RB-Boyle County HS-KY

2020-Alexander Collett-OL-Ballard HS-KY

2020-Izayah Cummings-WR-Male HS-KY

2020-Marcus Hodge-RB-Hilliard Bradley HS-OH

2020-Skyelar Johnson-WR-Woodford County HS-KY

2020-Aiden Moore-DE-Central HS-KY

2020-Vito Tisdale-CB-Bowling Green HS-KY

2020-John Young-OL-Christian Academy of Louisville-KY

2021-Junious “JuJu” Johnson-ATH-Kirby HS-TN

2021-Julius Orr-ATH-Rossview HS-TN


2018-Brandon Wellington-OL-Jeffersonville HS-IN

2019-Jaden Johnson-QB-Kirby HS-TN

UofL Makes Final 3 For Highly Touted 2018 Wide Receiver

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Jatavious Harris, a 3 Star WR from Baldwin High School in Milledgeville, GA, has released a list of the final three schools he is considering and UofL made the cut. Along with UofL, Harris has Pittsburgh and Mississippi State rounding out his final three. He visited UofL last weekend for the Virginia game.

The 6’3 184 lbs Harris, a one-time Tennessee Volunteer commit, is ranked the number 111 WR in the nation and the 68th best player in the talent rich state of GA per 247 Sports composite rankings.

Besides the schools listed above, Harris had offers from Miami (FL), Michigan State, NC State, and Florida among others.

Despite the fact UofL seems to have a glut of WRs, Harris would be a great get due to his versatility. He plays a multitude of positions besides WR though WR is likely his best position. CB, Nickel CB, and S are the other positions he plays and he is adept at all of them from what I have seen. He is a dangerous kick and punt returner as well.

His recruitment is worth keeping an eye on Cards fans. Here is a highlight video, courtesy of Hudl, from his junior season to give you an idea of why UofL wants him.

2018 FL WR Tyler Harrell Commits To UofL Football

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Tyler Harrell, a 6’0 165 lbs WR out of Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL, committed to Bobby Petrino and UofL Football tonight. He will be a member of the 2018 class.

Harrell chose UofL over offers from fellow ACC Atlantic Division rivals Wake Forest and Syracuse. Cincinnati, UCF, Illinois, Oregon State, Purdue, and many other schools also offered the 3 star WR. Cort Dennison was his lead recruiter for UofL.

Harrell is the number 167 WR nationally and the number 175 overall player from the state of FL according to 247 Sports composite rankings.

Tyler Harrell is a good route runner with great hands. He uses his hands when catching the ball rather than his body. His main weapon appears to be speed. ESPN lists his 40 time at 4.5, but his film makes him seem much faster. Many of his highlights are simply running right by DBs.

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Harrell can high point the ball. A skill many UofL fans remember Devante Parker had. He is also very good at adjusting to the ball while it’s in the air to make difficult catches.

Harrell is very strong. He uses his hands and strength to get separation from press coverage. He’s a ferocious blocker and seems to relish blocking downfield.

He also has some elusiveness and ability to break tackles. This allows him to get yards after the catch.

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He has a very high motor. He finishes blocks and never goes down easily. Harrell has a nasty streak, which I think will make him invaluable in the run game.

All in all, he’s a well-rounded WR. UofL might have found themselves a diamond in the rough. It’s rare you find a speedy WR that also enjoys being physical. It appears Harrell is that rarity.

You can view Tyler Harrell’s midseason highlights below courtesy of Hudl.



UofL Football Lands Commitment From 2019 QB Jaden Johnson

Jaden Johnson

Today, Louisville Football picked up a commit for the 2019 class from Jaden Johnson, a talented QB out of Kirby High School in Memphis, TN.

Johnson, a 6’2 208 lbs 3 star QB, is ranked the number 14 pro style QB in the nation per 247 Sports. It’s early in his recruitment as his only offers at this point are UofL and Memphis.

Johnson is not a Lamar type of dual threat QB. He can run and has some speed, but his game is more reminiscent of former UofL great Teddy Bridgewater.

Johnson has a big arm, but with great accuracy. He can make beautiful high spiraling throws deep down the field or hit 15 yard out cuts and quick slants. He has great pocket presence, but can also escape the pocket and make throws on the run. His throws on the run are highly accurate.

Much like Teddy, Jaden can read the entire field and appears to be able to manipulate coverage with his eyes. In his highlights, twice I saw him look to one side of the field and come back to the other side where a WR was wide open.

This is a great pick up for UofL and for Bobby Petrino. Many fans often lament the fact they never saw Teddy Bridgewater in a Petrino offense. They may get to see something like it with Jaden Johnson in a few years.

Click Here are his highlights of the season so far.


2018 Athlete Hassan Hall Commits To UofL Football

IMG_20171031_161341Photo Courtesy of Hassan Hall’s Twitter Account  (@_sayblackboy)

Hassan Hall, a 5’11 190 lbs 3 Star ATH from Maynard Jackson High School in Atlanta, GA, has committed to Bobby Petrino and UofL Football.

Hall is ranked the 77th overall RB in the country per 247 Sports composite rankings. He had offers from Syracuse, where he had previously been committed, Georgia Tech, Navy, and Colorado State, among other schools.

As primarily a RB, Hall averages around 66 yards per game with an average of 7.4 yards a carry. He has 4 rushing TDs. Hall has some quickness and good speed. He’s got some power to his running style and can break tackles quite well.

Hall is also a very good receiver out of the backfield and can also line up as a slot receiver from time to time.

Hall plays defense as well. He can line up as a OLB and rush the passer. Hall can also play safety and be a ball hawk in the back-end or an in the box safety that can help stop the run. He’s primarily playing safety this year.

Hall has 58 total tackles this season. That’s an average of 7.3 tackles per game. He seems to be a great form tackler and he likes to deliver big hits. He also has 3 interceptions this year to go along with 3 forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He returned the fumble recovery for a TD.

Hassan Hall is a very versatile player. He has power and speed. He can play multiple positions including RB, OLB, and S.

It’s no wonder the Cards wanted to get this guy in the fold. Check out his highlights from Hudl below. You’ll see all the versatility he has and how valuable that will be for UofL.


Cards Land 2019 Defensive Tackle Out Of Florida

IMG_20171026_211713Photo Courtesy of Malcolm Ray’s Twitter (@Ray8Malcolm)

UofL Football just landed a big recruit from the state of FL for the 2019 class. Malcolm Ray is a 6’2 230 lb DT who plays for Miami Carol City High School. He is teammates with 2018 UofL commit Yasir Abdullah.

Ray had offers from Florida International, UAB, South Florida, and Wake Forest. It appears UofL got in really early in his recruitment. We also beat out our old coach Charlie Strong for a south Florida kid.

Though Ray primarily lines up at tackle, he can line up at DE as well. This is what UofL has typically recruited for the defensive line the last few years. Guys who can play inside and outside.

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From watching his highlights, Ray appears to have a great motor and never gives up on a play. He shows ability to bull rush and over power interior linemen to make plays. He also has some good speed and has some moves to be able to rush the passer. Ray appears to have the ability to shed blocks well and fill gaps to stop the run. All in all, UofL looks to have landed a burgeoning beast. Read the rest of this entry

2018 4 Star Running Back Chooses Georgia Over UofL

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One UofL recruiting target fans have watched with great interest for the 2018 class is James Cook. Unfortunately, he has chosen to attend the University of Georgia over the Cards. This was expected since Cook cooled off on Louisville after the commitment of Javian Hawkins. He’s a stud!

Cook, who plays at Miami Central High School with UofL Commits Robert Hicks III and Chandler Jones, is a consensus 4 star RB per 247 Sports composite rankings. He has been named a US Army All-American and will be playing on the East team in their annual bowl game.

Cook was a highly coveted player at a position of need for UofL. RB will be a tad thin next year for UofL with the departures of seniors Reggie Bonnafan and Malik Williams. UofL also lost a commitment from JUCO RB Greg Bell recently.

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However, they do have a commitment from the aforementioned Javian Hawkins for the 2018 class and he’s been highly productive in his senior season. He rushed for 351 yards and 4 TDs in his last game.

The Cards will also return RBs Dae Williams, Colin Wilson, and Jeremy Smith next year.

Colin Wilson

Wilson will be coming back from a significant knee injury, but showed flashes of brilliance in the game against Akron earlier this year.

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Smith is taking a medical redshirt after getting injured earlier this year. However, when Smith is on, he can be a powerful runner with the speed to break a long run.

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Dae Williams is coming back from an ACL tear and just played in his first game at FSU. He is a big, bruising back with some speed that looks to be exactly the type of back Bobby needs in his system.

While the cupboard obviously isn’t bare by any stretch of the imagination, losing out on a highly touted RB prospect the caliber of James Cook still hurts.

Best of luck to the young man in his future endeavors.

Tutu Atwell Commits To UofL

Tonight we picked up another commit to BirdGang18. Tutu Atwell Jr. is a 3 star athlete out of Northwestern High School. AKA, the same high school also produced another famous Louisville Cardinal who wore the number 5, Teddy Bridgewater. Tutu is a dual threat quarterback that will more than likely move to reciever in Louisville’s offense. He is very talented!

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Get To Know Pete Nochta


University of Louisville Football’s on campus recruiting director is Pete Nochta. Today, Cardnation gets 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 Lights Up SportsCenter


Human highlight reel, Lamar Jackson, had a Saturday morning spot on Sports Center this past weekend. Jackson talked about how humbling the whole experience has been, but also mentioned what his head coach, Bobby Petrino has been working with him on this past off-season. Coach Petrino also made an appearance just to touch on what the recruiting has been like since the Heisman has come to Louisville. Take a look below to see the full clip.

Louisville Football Pro Day Pictures And Videos

(Via @ULFBRecruiting)

(Via @ULFBRecruiting)

Pro day is the one day a year that NFL teams converge on a school and let all of their draft eligible guys work out for them. Today is that day. Pro fascinateds me as it is a day that stars can be born or told that their hands are too small. Teddy proved those jokers wrong. Sorry, I digress. I have been seeing these pictures and videos floating around all morning via @UofLFootball and @ULFBRecruiting. I thought I would just post all of the videos and pictures in one spot. I will update this post as new things are posted. Go Cards!

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