For the second time this week, UofL Football and Coach Bobby Petrino got a commitment from a 2019 in-state recruit. 3 Star ATH Anthony Adkins, from Larue County High School in Hodgenville, gave his pledge to UofL.
Adkins chose UofL over offers from Army, WKU, and Bowling Green. I expect more offers will likely roll in for him, so it is good UofL was able to lock him in before other schools come a calling.
On Wednesday, UofL picked up a commitment from 3 Star Dupont Manual RB Aidan Robbins.
- Height: 6’3
- Weight: 220 lbs
- 40 Time: 4.54
- Shuttle Time: 4.3
- Vertical Jump: 33 inches
- Bench Press: 285 lbs
- Squat: 450 lbs
*stats from Aidan Robbins HUDL page
He picked UofL over arch rival UK, Purdue, Vandy, and Missouri. He is the first of a bunch of high level talent in the city of Louisville to choose to stay home to play his college ball.
Aidan averaged 16 carries a game last season and 3.8 yards a carry per maxpreps. He also did not fumble the ball once. Strong, durable, powerful, with excellent ball security, Aidan Robbins will be a feature back that can wreak havoc on opposing defenders.
UofL Football Is Trying To Win The State In 2019: Aidan Robbins Commitment May Set The Victory In Motion
Just about every coach in the NCAA wants to take care of home first (from basketball to soccer). They all speak about how important it is to win the recruiting battle and keep the good and special players home. The same goes for Louisville’s Bobby Petrino, Pete Nochta, Ryan Beard, and the rest of the coaching staff.
This year is no different; especially with all the talented young men coming from the state just within the 2019 class. This class arguably has the talent to rival any class to come before it: the 2003 class (Michael Bush), 2004 class (Brian Brohm and Mario Urrutia) and the 2013 class (James Quick, Kyle Bolin and Jason Hatcher).
Today is a huge day for Bobby Petrino and the staff at UofL as they get a Louisville kid to stay home. Aidan Robbins, a 6’3 220 pound 3 Star RB out of Dupont Manual, has chosen to join the flock at the university right next door to his high school.
Robbins, the 11th ranked player in the state of KY, has an impressive list of 21 offers; among them are Vanderbilt, Purdue, Missouri, Cincinnati, Duke, South Carolina, WKU, and UK. With all the offers, it makes locking up his commitment that much more impressive. Mike Summers and Kolby Smith (a teammate of Michael Bush) were the lead recruiters.
Today at 1:45 pm, 3 Star RB Aidan Robbins will be choosing the college he will continue his football playing career at. What many may wonder is what kind of player would UofL be getting? What style of RB is he? Can he contribute immediately? Well, let’s delve a bit into what Aidan Robbins will bring to UofL should he commit.
His Power and Strength
Aidan is as powerful a RB as you will find anywhere in the country. He’s a professional tackle breaker; a player you will see collect a ton of yards after contact. He’s a throw back to the types of RBs Bobby Petrino used to bring in. Robbins body and frame appear ready for the rigors of the ACC. I wouldn’t doubt he could get playing time as a freshman depending on what UofL’s depth looks like at RB.
3 Star DE/OLB Shawnkel Knight-Goff out of Doss High School here in Louisville is a player UofL appears to be prioritizing in recruiting. He is a fast, powerful, highly versatile player. The kind of player UofL covets as well as other schools.
Knight-Goff is 6’4 210 lbs and runs an impressive 4.48 40 yard dash. Besides UofL and UK, IU, Purdue, Cincinnati, and WKU are among the other 9 schools to offer him. Mike Summers and LD Scott are currently UofL’s primary recruiters per 247sports.com.
Back on May 19, Knight-Goff committed to UofL’s arch rival UK. It seemed like UofL had lost one of the city’s best players to its biggest enemy. However, on May 31, Knight-Goff backed out of his commitment to UK. (Editor’s Note: Thank Goodness!)
On Saturday afternoon, 2019 UofL Football recruiting target Kristian Varner from Hiram, GA committed to UofL while he was on an unofficial visit.
Varner, a 3 Star 6’4 240 lbs DE, plays for Hiram High School. He picked Louisville over Tennessee, Iowa State, Western Kentucky, among other schools.
UofL Football continues to add quality depth for the offensive line on the recruiting trail. Tonight, they picked up a commitment from 2020 FL OT Jovens Janvier.
Coach Bobby Petrino continues to beef up his offensive line with the addition of 2019 FL OG Jamari Williams. Williams is a consensus 3 Star prospect out of Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
The 6’4 275 lbs Williams had offers from Mississippi State, NC State, Pitt, UK, Syracuse, and Purdue among others. Mike Summers was the primary recruiter for UofL according to 247 Sports.
UofL 2019 QB commit Jaden Johnson has been invited to participate in Under Armour’s All-America Football Camp in Chicago, IL.
The camp, per Jaden Johnson’s tweet above, will be on May 6th from 8 am to 2:30 pm.
UofL Football picked up another commitment from an in-state recruit tonight in Jack Randolph from Franklin-Simpson High School in Franklin, KY.
Randolph, a 6’3 290 lbs OT chose UofL over offers from Cincinnati, EKU, Georgia State, Morehead State, and Middle Tennessee State. He also had interest from Purdue, Vanderbilt, and WKU. UofL’s primary recruiter for Randolph was Offensive Line Coach and Co-offensive Coordinator Mike Summers per 247sports.com.
UofL Football is having their Pro Day on Thursday and according to UofL Football’s recruiting Twitter Account @UofLFBRecruiting, it will start at 10 am and the NFL Network will broadcast it.
Photo Courtesy of Stephen Field’s Twitter Account (@CoachField)
UofL Football recruited the state of Florida, especially south Florida, well. The man who had a huge influence on this was south Florida native Stephen Field. He and the rest of the staff brought in possibly UofL’s best ever recruiting class with a good number of the recruits from Florida.
It was announced today that Coach Field was leaving UofL for a position on Oregon’s staff. There he will reunite with Cort Dennison.
In April of last year, Field was hired to the position of “Director of High School Relations” for UofL. Judging by the talent in this class, he did an excellent job in that role.
Coach Field was kind enough to tweet out a nice good-bye to the UofL community proving what a classy man he is.
UofL has some big shoes to fill with the loss of Coach Field. We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Coach Field all the best at his new home.
Photo Courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader
Many people on social media wondered why UofL was not getting in on some highly rated guys we have in the city of Louisville. One name in particular that kept coming up was Jairus Brents, a 4 Star CB out of Waggener High School.
Well, wonder no more UofL fans as Coach Petrino was able to swoop in late and beat the likes of Alabama, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, West Virginia, and Michigan State, among many others for the 5’10 178 lbs CB.
Brents played a variety of positions at Waggener. He was a RB, QB, and WR. However, his best and most likely position in college will be CB. He can play either in the slot or the outside and is great at either.
He’s also a track star which, as you will see, definitely contributes to his play making ability as a football player.
As a CB, and probably because he played WR as well, Brents tracks the ball perfectly in the air. He’s always getting his head around, finding the ball, and making the play.
Photo Courtesy of Adam Creech/Courier Journal
Brents also has great ball skills. He’s a great leaper and can go up and highpoint the ball just like a WR.
Brents can play press or off coverage and is adept at either. In press, he is powerful. He knocks WRs viciously off their routes disrupting the timing of the offense. In off coverage, he has the speed to break on short routes to either knock the ball down, intercept it, or make the tackle holding the WR to a minimal gain. If Brents gets an interception, his speed, quickness, and agility make him a threat to get a pick 6 every time.
Brents ability to recognize routes and read the QB’s eyes make him nearly impossible to throw on. As I previously mentioned, he’s great at breaking on routes and making plays. He’ll have to be aware in college of the double moves teams love to run though.
Brents is also a great tackler. Even if the WR he’s covering catches the ball, they aren’t getting past him. He loves helping in the run game. His highlights show numerous plays of him coming in and tackling RBs. They aren’t weak tackles either. He wallops the RB.
Brents is also a punt returner and he’s a really good one. Once again, his speed quickness, and agility make him a threat for long punt returns. However, he is a bit of a gambler as he picked a couple of punts up off the ground to return them which obviously can be a dangerous proposition.
UofL got a very good player in Brents. The guy has potential to be a stud. His ability to return punts and play either in the slot or on the outside as a CB make him potentially invaluable. Plus, it’s nice to see a Louisville kid play for the city’s university.
Check out his Hudl highlights below and see what you think.
Bobby Petrino and UofL Football officially announced 21 signees for the 2018 recruiting class.
Headliners include Under Armour All-Americans Robert Hicks III and Chandler Jones, Jordan Travis, Tutu Atwell, Trenell Troutman, Dejmi Dumervil Jean, Tutu Atwell, and Jatavious Harris.
This class looks to be the best Bobby Petrino has had in his second stint here. Check out the official press release below.
Photo Courtesy of Javian Hawkins Twitter Account (@JavianHawkins)
Javian Hawkins, a composite 3 star prospect out of Titusville, FL, committed to Louisville back on 8/7/2017. He’s out of Cocoa High school, where he was also a track and field star. Today, he officially signed with Coach Bobby Petrino and UofL Football.
On the gridiron Javian shows great patience waiting for his linemen to open holes for him, then with excellent acceleration he bursts through those holes and out runs DBs using his 4.36 speed. Standing 5’9 and weighing in at 185 lbs, Javian is very shifty and deceptively strong. Most tacklers have a difficult time bringing him down in the backfield or on first contact. He has a low center of gravity.
Photo Courtesy of Charles King/Orlando Sentinel
Javian also brings a nice and welcoming change of pace back to the Louisville backfield. He compliments both Dae Williams and Colin Wilson well as more of the speed/scat back. However, his strength makes labelling him that kind of hard. He’s like George Stripling with more power.
Javian Hawkins also had offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Missouri, East Carolina and most recently Nebraska along with a plethora of other schools. Nebraska and newly acquired Coach Scott Frost made a serious push to sway Javian in the late moments, but Javian stayed strong and signed with Louisville.
Coach Bobby Petrino got himself a legit RB. Hawkins plays bigger than his actual size. I wouldn’t doubt he could contribute this year, but I would also not be shocked if he’s red-shirted. It is great to see UofL continuing to have great success in the state of Florida.
Check out his highlights below courtesy of Bobby Petrino and see what you think.
Photo Courtesy of Marlon Character’s Twitter Account (@riptrizzle)
UofL picked up a big time player who may start from day 1 in 4 Star JUCO S Marlon Character, Jr. Character is originally from Atlanta, GA and played this past season at Northwest Mississippi Community College.
The 6’1 195 lbs S, who was primarily recruited by Lorenzo Ward, chose UofL over West Virginia and South Carolina.
Photo courtesy of Michael Reaves/Lexington Herald Leader
- Position: CB
- Hometown: Louisville, KY
- Height: 5’10
- Weight: 178
- Considered: Pittsburgh, Alabama, Florida, Wisconsin, UK, USC, South Carolina, Oregon, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Michigan State, South Florida, NC State, TCU, West Virginia, Virginia Tech
- Twitter: @JiggaTheShow9
Marlon Character, Jr:Photo Courtesy of Marlon Character’s Twitter Account (@riptrizzle)
- Position: S
- Hometown: Senatobia, MS (Northwest Mississippi Community College). Originally from Atlanta, GA
- Height: 6’1
- Weight: 195
- Considered: West Virginia, South Carolina, Arkansas
- Twitter: @riptrizzle
Photo Courtesy of Javian Hawkins Twitter Account (@JavianHawkins)
- Position: RB
- Hometown: Titusville, FL
- Height: 5’9
- Weight: 185
- Considered: Nebraska, UCF, Syracuse, Boston College, Cincinnati, Missouri, Florida Atlantic
- Twitter: @JavianHawkins
Photo Courtesy of Andrew Ivins/247sports.com
2019 3 Star DT Malcolm Ray out of Carol City High School in FL has decommitted from UofL and is reopening his recruitment.
The 6’2 230 lbs Ray had chosen UofL over offers from Syracuse, Wake Forest, South Florida, UAB, and FIU.
This appears to be collateral damage from the loss of Cort Dennison as Dennison was Ray’s lead recruiter. It’s unknown at this time if Ray will still consider UofL.
We here at Cardinal Sports Zone wish Malcolm Ray all the best in his future endeavours.
Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
Louisville Football to Host Signing Day Party
Head coach Bobby Petrino will introduce the entire class at a fan party in the Brown and Williamson Club.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino will present the newest members of the Louisville Cardinals football team during U of L’s National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7.