University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has mentioned Georgia, and specifically the Atlanta-area, as a place the Cardinals' needed to do a better job recruiting from in the coming years.
And it looks like the staff is trying to do just what the boss asked.
U of L will host Junior Day on Feb. 23 and the complete list of players visiting isn't complete but one school in the Atlanta area is sending some top talent.
Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett High School coach Bob Sphire said there is "a whole lot of interest" from kids in his program to attend the U of L Junior Day. He said at least six players – and perhaps more – will make the trip.
"The interest in Louisville is there," said Sphire, a native of Brandenburg, Ky., and former head coach at Lexington Catholic. "Louisville walks in now and people take a look at them and they know them. Kids look around and it's kind of like, ‘OK, game on.' It hasn't always been like that.
"(Since the win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl) There's a whole different feel to it when Louisville walks in."
Sphire said U of L head coach Charlie Strong made a recent visit to the school and assistant Brian Jean-Mary has been there several times.
The Cardinals have offered two players on the North Gwinnett roster and both defensive end Dante Sawyer and offensive lineman Mitch Hyatt are expected to make the visit to campus. Hyatt, a member of the Class of 2015, is also a basketball player and could miss if the team continues to win in postseason play.
The 6-foot-3, 255-pound Sawyer is a three-star and ranked as the No. 19 defensive end in the '14 class by Scout.com. Sphire said he has "at least 20 offers," including Alabama, USC and Ohio State.
"He's a game changer," Sphire said. "He's just such a very athletic kid. He's a guy colleges see as an outside guy that they can stand up but also walk down."
The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Hyatt is considered one of the elite linemen in the state of Georgia and also already has offers from Florida, Clemson, South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio State and Miami.
Hyatt's uncle, Dan Benish, played on Clemson's 1981 national championship team and played defensive line for four years for the Atlanta Falcons.
"He's a tough, tough kid," Sphire said.
Wide receivers Nate Brown (6-3, 205) and Caleb Scott (6-3, 185) are both expected to make the trip. Scott caught 38 passes for 684 yards and 11 TDs, while Brown had 41 catches for 491 yards and nine TDs.
"A lot of schools are hovering around those guys," Sphire said. "Nate looks like a high school defensive end. They're both getting a lot of attention."
Scott has a brother who plays at Furman, while his father is former St. Louis Rams wide receiver Chuck Scott.
Sphire said there would be others make the trip, including his son and quarterback Hayden Sphire. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Sphire completed 58 of 85 passes for 676 yards and seven TDs as a backup last season.
Sophomore Almonzo Brown (6-2, 200) is an H-Back/tight end type player interested in coming, along with defensive backs Bobby Young (6-2, 188) – a two-year starter at safety – and Bryan Williams (6-0, 166).
North Gwinnett finished the season ranked No. 3 in Class 6-A, losing to eventual state champion Norcross in the regular-season and then dropping a third-round playoff game to eventual runner-up Lovejoy.