Louisville football recruiting notebook

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has the Cardinals at 7-0 and one of only 11 undefeated FBS teams in the country. The Cardinals have nine commitments in the Class of 2013 but are busy on the recruiting trail. Here are a few recruiting nuggets with players that have interest in the Cardinals.


Among the few dozen high school prospects visiting Louisville this weekend was defensive end Finesse Middleton of Gadsden, Alabama. Middleton extended a verbal commitment to Ole Miss in late July, but has continued to consider an opportunity at Louisville.

Prior to his weekend visit, Middleton said that he was "torn" between Ole Miss and the Cardinals and put his commitment with the Rebels at "80%".

On Saturday, Middleton, who has participated in multiple camps at U of L and has a long relationship with head coach Charlie Strong, attended his first game at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium.

"It went real good," Middleton told Cardinal Authority on Sunday. "I really enjoyed the game and everyone treated me. It was really nice."

During his visit he visited with members of the coaching staff, who reaffirmed their interest in the 6-foot-2, 255-pound sack artist.

"They told me that are looking forward to getting me up there," he said. "They said that I could be a big help for their defense."

Middleton's mother joined him on the trip and now seems to favor one.

"She loved it," he said, adding with a laugh, "she wants to me to go there now."

Shortly after returning home, Ole Miss made a call to their current pledge.

"They called to check in with me and see how I was doing."

His latest visit to Louisville certainly provided Middleton with more to consider before making a final decision.

"I'm trying to make the right choice. I'm just taking it one day at a time right now."

Middleton is already planning a return trip to the Derby City. He hopes to schedule an official visit in December that won't conflict with his participation in the annual Alabama - Mississippi High School All-Star game on December 15.

He also plans to enroll early and anticipates submitting the needed paperwork to his school of choice by December 24.


U of L is still looking for a cornerback in the Class of 2013 and one player the staff has been in constant contact with is Sean Paul.

The 6-foot, 180-pound standout from Vero Beach, Fla., High School said he "hopes to visit (U of L) real soon," and will likely come to watch a game.

"Louisville is definitely still up there for me," Paul told Cardinal Authority. "I talk to the coaches all the time and really like them. They want me to come up there and see what it's like and I want to do that soon."

Paul said there really hasn't been anything new on the recruiting front in recent weeks. He made an official visit to Wake Forest last month and also holds offers from Cincinnati, Boston College, Northern Illinois, Florida International and others. He said he hopes to "see a few more schools and make a decision."

Paul ahs helped Vero Beach to a 5-1 record this season and has made 16 tackles, has one fumble recover and averages 20.5 yards on punt returns. As a junior, Paul finished with 32 tackles - 23 solos – one interception, one blocked punt, one blocked field and a fumble recovery for a touchdown.


Trinity High School five-star wide receiver James Quick made his fourth unofficial visit to Louisville on Saturday.

Quick was in the stands with junior teammate Reggie Bonnafon as the Cardinals rallied to defeat South Florida in the final minutes.

One of the elite wide receivers in the country and the heavy favorite for Kentucky Mr. Football, Quick has been to every home game. He visited Ohio State the previous week and has said those two schools are on top of his list.

Quick is expected to make a visit to Oregon soon.


Trevahn Beery checked in with Fox Sports Next analyst Jason Higdon after watching the U of L game against South Florida on Saturday.

The Creston, Ohio, Norwayne High School cornerback/wide receiver said Strong has been talking to him about potentially filling a cornerback spot.

"I just got back from Louisville and it was a great game. It was really nice, long drive but definitely worth it," Beery said. "I talked to one of the coaches and he said they were lacking height at the corner position. He told me they don't have a commitment yet from a corner in the class of 2013.

He said he was going to talk to the head coach about me."

Beery is gaining interest from not only Louisville but Missouri and was invited to the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio.


John Hardin High School linebacker Dominck Brown has committed to Eastern Kentucky University but is hearing from several other schools.

Brown told Kentucky Recruiting Analyst Brian Eldridge also holds offers from Tennessee-Martin, Murray State and Eastern Kentucky. But he also said Louisville and Western Kentucky have been showing interest.

"I feel like Louisville and I are coming close to an offer," Brown said. "I've been to Louisville about three or four times. The trips are all great. Every time I go there I seem to be impressed. My whole family is big Louisville fans. Since I was a baby they've wanted me and I've wanted to go to Louisville."

Brown is a star defensive player for John Hardin, which is 9-0 and one of the state's elite teams heading into the final week of the regular-season.

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