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.
Day one of the annual NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, VA wrapped up last night. 4 Star G Jahmius Ramsey, one of Coach Chris Mack’s top targets, impressed the recruiting folks at 247sports.com.
Here’s what the article had to say about Ramsey after day 1:
PRESS RELEASE from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
Miller Earns Freshman All-America Accolade from Perfect Game
Righthanded pitcher was 6-1 with 2.97 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 66.2 innings in 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville pitcher Bobby Miller received his second Freshman All-America honor for 2018 as the righthander was named as a First Team selection by Perfect Game on Thursday. Last week, Collegiate Baseball newspaper also tabbed Miller as a Freshman All-American.
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!)
Nearly a week after turning down overtures from one of college baseball’s blue blood programs Mississippi State, the ULAA Board of Directors has approved new contract terms for baseball coach Dan McDonnell.
He has 8 years left on the current deal which shall remain the same. His base salary and incentives are where the change will occur. McDonnell will receive “incremental bumps” in each of these areas, according to UofL AD Vince Tyra. The details weren’t elaborated upon in the press release.
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.
Two new 2019 players are on the radar for UofL Coach Chris Mack and staff; Jason Jitoboh a C out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, TN and G Harlond Beverly out of Southfield Christian Academy in Southfield, MI. Beverly visited last Saturday and Jitoboh visited Thursday.
UofL finally gets a much deserved win over Mississippi State! Coach Dan McDonnell confirmed he had talks with Mississippi State but ultimately decided the powerhouse (I’ll say it if he won’t) he has built at UofL is where he wants to be.
*Cue sigh of relief*
UofL OF Josh Stowers is now a member of the Seattle Mariners after being the 54th pick in the 2nd round of last night’s MLB Draft.
Stowers joins a long line of UofL baseball players drafted in the early rounds (there are 40 rounds in the MLB Draft); among them are Corey Ray, Brendan McKay, Nick Solak, and the Burdi brothers.
Stowers grew as a player at UofL. He went from being used as a pinch runner, pinch hitter, and occasional starter his freshman year to an everyday starter and rising star on a College World Series team his sophomore year.
As a junior this year, Stowers cemented his status as a star by becoming a heart of the order mainstay, a terror on the base paths, and an excellent defender in the outfield for Coach Dan McDonnell. While having power in his bat, Stowers was also able to hit for average. The speed he possessed was reminiscent of former Card Corey Ray.
Stowers was stellar this season batting .336 with 14 doubles, 4 triples, 9 home runs, 60 rbis, 36 stolen bases, and 72 runs scored. He also maintained a .980 fielding percentage with 146 put outs per gocards.com.
We at Cardinal Sports Zone congratulate Josh Stowers on his incredible Cardinal career and wish him the best in his Major League career.
Below is the press release from UofL regarding Josh Stowers.
Press Release from the University of Louisville Athletic Department:
Mariners Select Stowers in Second Round of 2018 MLB Draft
Junior outfielder hit .336 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, 14 doubles and 36 stolen bases in 2018
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior outfielder Josh Stowers was selected 54th overall by the Seattle Mariners in the second round of the 2018 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Monday night. The selection marks the third straight season and the fourth time in the last five seasons the Cardinals have had a player chosen in the first two rounds of the MLB Draft.
A native of Westchester, Illinois, Stowers was an All-ACC First Team selection hitting .336 with nine home runs, 60 RBIs, 14 doubles, 72 runs scored, 52 walks and 36 stolen bases in 43 attempts this season. Stowers closed his third collegiate season by reaching base safely in 47 consecutive games, the longest streak for the Cardinals since the 2000 season. The 36 stolen bases in 2018 rank as the sixth highest single season total in school history. In his three-year career at Louisville, Stowers hit .323 with 60 stolen bases (eighth most in school history), 126 runs scored and 96 RBIs in 147 games played.
The 2018 MLB Draft continues Tuesday with rounds 3-10 starting at 1 p.m., ET, before concluding Wednesday at noon ET with rounds 11-40.
The Louisville baseball team concluded its 2018 season on Sunday night with a loss at Texas Tech in the championship round of the NCAA Lubbock Regional. The Cardinals finished with a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the final round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. Louisville also registered its seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.
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LOUISVILLE BASEBALL AT 2018 MLB DRAFT
- OF, Josh Stowers (Westchester, Ill./Mount Carmel HS) – 2nd Round – 54th Selection – Seattle Mariners
On Saturday Afternoon, Coach Chris Mack and staff received word that Richmond grad transfer Khwan Fore will be wearing a Cardinal uniform this upcoming season.
Khwan originally committed to Tennessee in early May as a grad transfer, but has now decided to join the Cardinals instead. Fore is 6-0 guard from Huntsville, Alabama.
The day after Chris Mack landed a big time CG in Josh Nickelberry, he picks up right where he left off by getting a visit from 2019 4 Star SF Jaelyn Withers.
Withers is a 6’8 212 lbs player out of Huntersville, NC. He plays for North Mecklenburg High School and for Team Loaded NC on the AAU circuit. He averaged 11.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game for Team Loaded NC during the 2018 Adidas Gauntlet.
The fears UofL fans have had about basketball recruiting are allayed tonight after Coach Chris Mack picked up a commitment from 2019 4 Star G Josh Nickelberry.
Nickelberry, a 6’4 175 lbs combo guard out of Northwood Temple Academy in Fayetteville, NC, is a fantastic get for Coach Mack. Nickelberry chose UofL over offers from North Carolina, NC State, Virginia Tech, Florida, and Oklahoma among many others. Coach Mike Pegues was his primary recruiter.
UofL Football announced that redshirt senior LB Isaac Stewart and redshirt freshman DB Lyn Strange have been granted their releases and will transfer out of the program.
A 6’2 240 lbs native of NC, Stewart had a career total of 57 tackles for UofL including 3 tackles for loss. He also recorded a sack and a forced fumble in his 3 years in the program according to sports-reference.com.
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 has reached a settlement agreement with former Athletic Director Tom Jurich after a dispute over his firing last fall. It is interesting to note that the settlement refers to “Mr. Jurich’s retirement from the University in October 2017.” So, both parties are now calling this a retirement rather than a termination.
In the settlement, Jurich will receive a $4.5 million “settlement sum” and the ending of his career at UofL is now referred to as a “without cause” resignation instead of “with cause” termination as it had been previously.