Louisville 'strong' with top prospects

Louisville only has two commitments in the Class of 2012, but a dozen prospects have Charlie Strong's program at the top of their lists heading into the summer.

Louisville has only two commitments in the Class of 2012, but a dozen prospects have Charlie Strong's program at the top of their lists heading into the summer.

Though Louisville currently has commitments from Indianapolis offensive lineman Sid Anvoots, and Georgia tight end Larry Jefferson, Strong's program isn't in a hurry to fill up the commitment list this spring.

Last spring, Strong accepted several verbal commitments out of necessity from players passed over on national signing day. After winning a bowl game in his first season and re-establishing Louisville as a Big East contender, Strong and company are being more selective – and patient – on the recruiting trail this spring.

While Louisville's commitment list is shorter than it was last spring, the Cardinals are heavily in the mix with several talented prospects. Here are a dozen prospects that have Louisville at the top of their lists, and Cardinal fans should definitely watch this summer:

Will Gross: The four-star quarterback has Louisville on the top of his list heading into summer, but also is considering Kentucky, Mississippi State, Alabama and Ole Miss. Rated the No. 11 quarterback prospect nationally, Gross threw for 2,333 yards, 34 touchdowns and only six INT's as a junior.

Kelton Brackett: Louisville is the current favorite for the three-star cornerback from Pritchard, Ala. The 5-11, 186-pound Brackett plans to make a decision this summer and plans to graduate early from high school. Brackett also holds offers from Florida International, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, South Alabama and Western Kentucky.

Brandon Radcliff: Louisville's South Florida connection has the Cardinals in the lead for the talented Miami Columbus running back. There is high interest from both sides and Charlie Strong's program could land a big commitment this summer.

Nick Dawson: Is Clemson or Louisville in the lead for the four-star Charlotte (NC) linebacker? Though the Tigers are strongly in the mix, Louisville seems to be the favorite behind the scenes. Dawson has family ties to the Louisville-area, which ultimately could prove the difference.

Brandon Snell: Snell, the cousin of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, has the Cardinals at the top of his list of favorites. Snell plans to make a decision this summer and Louisville is the clear leader over Rutgers and Western Michigan.

Wes Rogers: Louisville is the leader for the three-star Indianapolis offensive lineman. Rogers will attend a few camps at Big 10 programs next month. If those camps don't produce offers, a commitment for the Cardinals wouldn't be shocking.

Ray Buchanan, Jr.: Arkansas and Louisville are the two favorites for the Atlanta, Ga., cornerback. Buchanan's uncle, Bobby, played for Bobby Petrino at Louisville. Buchanan's father, Ray, is former Louisville great who has his jersey hanging on the façade at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Buchanan also has family in Louisville. The Cardinals could be tough to beat.

Terrance Knox: The rising tight end grew up a North Carolina fan, and the Tar Heels will be tough to beat. But Louisville has made up a lot of ground with Knox this spring and is nipping on UNC's heals after a recent visit to UofL.

James Burgess: Burgess' father played at Miami in the 90's, but Louisville, South Florida and Alabama are at the top of the list for the talented Homestead, Fla., linebacker. Louisville and USF have offered.

Patrick Jean: Louisville has had recent recruiting success at Treasure Coast HS, and the Cardinals are one of the early leaders for Jean, a talented 6-3, 205-pound linebacker prospect. Louisville, USF and Florida Atlantic are at the top of the list.

Ashton Henderson: Louisville remains the only offer for the three-star Jenks (OK) defensive tackle. The Cardinals are in good shape and Henderson plans to visit Strong's program this summer. The 6-1, 310-pound Henderson hopes to land offers from camps at LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas this summer. If offers don't come, look out for Louisville.

Ryan Santos: Santos, a three-star safety from Klein (TX), holds offers from Louisville, Colorado, Boise State and Rice, but told InsideTheVille.com that the Cardinals and Buffs standout on his list of favorites.

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