Louisville football recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff will host more than 50 prospects this Sunday for the season-opener against Kentucky. Here's a football recruiting notebook checking in with a few of those prospects:


Johnathan Howard and Makail Grace are teammates at Rochelle, Ga., Wilcox County High School and first cousins.

This weekend, Howard and Graces – along with their fathers (who are brothers), will be taking a road trip to Louisville to watch the Cardinals.

"We're getting a van and going to have a good time," Grace said.

Both players are Class of 2013 prospects and both hold offers from U of L. They'll both be seeing the campus for the first time.

The 6-foot-4, 180-pound Howard is a wide receiver who also has Kentucky and North Carolina on his list of schools.

Graces is a 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback and said he's also been talking with Kentucky and has a little interest from Georgia.

"We've been talking about going to the same school," Grace said. "We might. We just want to see what happens and enjoy (the trip)."


Carthage, Tenn., Smith County High School running back Jalen Manning is just a junior but already his interest level is picking up.

And for good reason.

Manning ran for 1,245 yards and 18 touchdowns as a sophomore and already has over 300 yards rushing in two games this season. He had 313 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns last weekend for Smith County.

The 5-foot-10 ,185-pound Manning, a power back with 4.5 40-yard dash speed, said he was invited to U of L's spring game but couldn't attend. He's headed up this weekend to the game with his family.

"It's a great opportunity for me," he said.

Manning said U of L, Ohio State, Vanderbilt and Tennessee were the schools showing him the most interest at this point.


The two Central High School standout junior linebackers – Donald Styles and Phillip Francis – will both be at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Sunday.

Both prospects are three-year starters for the Yellowjackets, while Styles called the Cardinals his "dream school."

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound styles is being recruited to play strong safety in college and said U of L and Michigan are recruiting him the hardest with Ohio State and several others also showing interest.

"Louisville is talking to me a lot and that's my dream school," he said.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Francis is hearing from U of L, Cincinnati, Michigan and several others.

Both players helped Central to a state title last season as sophomores.


Three star players from Paducah Tilghman will be among the prospects taking in the U of L-UK football game on Sunday.

Offensive lineman Kendall Calhoun is the only Class of 2013 prospect among the three, while 2014 stars defensive back Darrius Spivey-Nunn and linebacker Derik Overstreet will also be at the game.

The 6-foot-7, 255-pound Calhoun said he's heard from U of L, UK, Rice and Illinois State among several other small schools.

"Louisville has been showing a lot of interest," Calhoun said. "They said they like me, so I'm hoping they might offer sometime."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Overstreet has heard from the Cardinals. Western Kentucky and UK and noted the Cardinals "have shown a lot of interest."

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Spivey-Nunn is considered one of the top juniors in the Bluegrass State and camped at U of L and UK during the summer. He had seven tackles and two interceptions in his first game this season.


Hamler, Ohio, Patrick Henry High School junior offensive lineman Colt Pettit already holds seven scholarship offers. Now, he's going to check out Louisville, which has been showing him interest in recruiting.

The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Pettit holds offers from Indiana, Purdue, Akron, Toledo, Bowling Green, Kent State and Miami (Ohio) but is checking out a lot of bigger schools in hopes for even more offers.

"I've gotten a few letters from Louisville but I got the invite from Charlie Strong and I'm excited," he said. "I'm going to see what it's all about."

Among the schools he saw this summer were Notre Dame and Ohio State.

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