After making serious recruiting noise last year in South Beach - Charlie Strong's Cardinals landed a slew of talented players from Miami, including All-Americans Teddy Bridgewater, Gerod Holliman and Eli Rogers - UofL recently added their first 2012 commitments from Miami when Norland standouts Brandon Snell and Teko Powell verbally committed last week.
Snell and Powell aren't the only Norland prospects Louisville hopes to secure commitments. The Cardinals are also recruiting three other prospects from the South Beach prep power, including Miami commits Duke Johnson and Keith Brown.
Louisville recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach Clint Hurtt, the 2011 National Recruiter of the Year, paid a visit to Norland H.S. last week. Clearly, it was productive recruiting trip, as Snell, a three-star wide receiver and Powell, a talented defensive lineman, committed to the Cardinals, and those commitments could prove helpful for Louisville in their recruitment of Johnson, Brown and Ereck Flowers.
"I want the kids to go somewhere it's stable and Charlie Strong looks like he's in a comfortable situation," Norland coach Daryle Heidelburg said. "He has a solid foundation to his program and had a successful inaugural season. [Louisville] looks like they are really on the rise and that's something the kids feel comfortable about."
Louisville has offered Johnson, considered one of the top running back prospects in the south, Brown, a four-star outside linebacker prospect, and Flowers, a 6-6, 300-pound offensive lineman. Though Johnson and Brown are committed to Miami, Heidelburg believes Louisville still has a shot.
"I think they have just as a good a shot as anybody else," said Heidelburg. "My kids are family oriented and like to be around each other. Their parents want them to go through the recruiting process and take their visits."
"I wouldn't be surprised if all five kids chose to go to Louisville. They've been through a lot together and I wouldn't be surprised if they chose to go to the same university. They all play different positions and they wouldn't have to compete with each other."