Louisville football recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football team hosted a handful of football visitors last weekend for the Missouri State game. Here are a few reactions to the game and some other football recruiting notes.


Frankfort High School senior wide receiver Aaron Jackson already has three scholarship offers. But he said the interest from other schools is picking up.

And one of the schools showing interest is Louisville.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Jackson said he's talked with the U of L coaches through Facebook and made an unofficial visit to the campus last weekend for the game against Missouri State.

"I've been around the Louisville football stuff before but that was the first time I had been to a game," Jackson said. "It was nice. I really liked it a lot.

"The atmosphere was great and I like the offense."

While the interest-level is just beginning to pick up from the Cardinals, Jackson said he welcomes building a relationship with the staff.

"I've always been a Louisville fan; my whole life," he said. "Lexington is right here but I've always been a fan of Louisville and wanted to go there."

Jackson holds offers from Navy, Liberty and Eastern Kentucky. He said U of L, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Indiana, Western Kentucky and Illinois State have also been showing recent interest.

"I feel like if I keep playing like I have, I will get more interest," he said. "We're 3-1 and I have over 400 yards receiving. I've been doing good."

Jackson had 15 catches for 385 yards and five touchdowns through three games. He also had two fumble recoveries, two interceptions and 22 tackles.


Cincinnati Walnut Hills High School junior safety Nilijah Ballew also attended the Missouri State game and said he enjoyed the game enough to keep an eye on the Cardinals in his recruiting process.

"I really enjoyed the game and the atmosphere around The ‘Ville," Ballew said. "I particularly watched Hakeem Smith, the strong safety of the Cards. He's like 6-foot-3 playing safety and he is darn good.

"With me being 6-2, I paid attention to how he coped with being a tall defensive back. I like how he broke down and made tackles."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Ballew said U of L has been showing some recent interest. He also noted looks from Ohio State, Wisconsin, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Illinois and several others.


U of L commitment Kyle Bolin, the standout quarterback at Lexington Catholic High School, was one of 12 players from across the state of Kentucky last week nominated to the National Guard Border Bowl.

The Border Bowl pits Kentucky vs. Tennessee in a football All-Star format. The game is played Jan. 12 at the University of the Cumberlands.

U of L target Joey Bloomfield of Ballard, who has committed to Kansas, was the only other player picked for the bowl with any U of L connections.

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