Four-star LB headlines Strong's visitors

It's a big recruiting weekend for Louisville. Charlie Strong's Cardinals will host several difference makers this weekend, including four-star linebacker Nick Dawson and two transfers from Florida.

How big is this recruiting weekend for Charlie Strong's Louisville program?


Less than two months before February's National Signing Day, the Cardinals will host four prospects on official visits. These players aren't normal visitors. They are potential difference-makers for a Louisville program that won the Big East title and has sights set on the BCS the next couple seasons.

Heading into the weekend, 19 prospects have verbally committed to play for the Cards next season. This weekend, Louisville will host a four-star linebacker; a talented three-star defensive end; and two three-star playmakers. And for good measure, Louisville also will have two talented Florida transfers on campus.

HREF=//>Nick Dawson, the No. 25 ranked outside linebacker in the nation, is the headline recruit for the Cardinals this weekend.

Dawson, one of Louisville's top recruits, has strong family ties in Louisville. His father lives in the Louisville area and the 6'3, 215-pound prospect from Charlotte, NC., has made several unofficial visits to UofL. The Cardinals, along with Clemson, are considered the two favorites for the US Army All-American pick from Berry Academy.

Sheldon Rankins
After landing three defensive tackles – DeAngelo Brown, Pedro Sibiea and Dequan Ivery - last week, Strong now turns his attention to 6'3, 265-pound defensive end Sheldon Rankins. Rankins, the 70th-best prospect at his position in the nation, will make his first official visit to Louisville this week. A talented pass rusher from Covington (GA) Eastside who made 15 sacks last season, Rankins plans to visit Louisville, Miss. St. and South Florida before making a decision.

Louisville wants to add a running back and local product Anthony Wales is near the top of the Cardinals recruiting board. An explosive playmaker who led Louisville (Central) to the state championship, the 5'9, 180-pound Wales has narrowed his choices to Louisville and Kentucky. Wales, the #71 running back prospect nationally, plans to visit the Wildcats next month. Can Charlie Strong secure a commitment from the talented running back this weekend?

Kedrick Davis, Dawson's prep teammate, is a talented prospect with lots of speed. A three-star receiver, the 5'10, 180-pound Davis is verbally committed to North Carolina, but is checking out his options since the Tar Heels hired new coach Larry Fedora. Davis could also visit Kentucky before finalizing his decision.

Anthony Wales
Strong will also host two Florida transfers – tight end Gerald Christian and wide receiver Robert Clark. Christian and Clark left UF this season seeking more playing time and might find it at UofL, as former Gator Adrian Bushell demonstrated this season. In his first season with the Cardinals, Bushell made a big impact earning first team All-Big East honors. Christian is a former four-star prospect rated the third-best tight end prospect in 2010. Clark was a three-star defensive back. The two players were high school teammates at Palm Beach (FL) Dwyer.

Four-star recruit Josh Harvey Clemons won't make a scheduled visit to Louisville. He's expected to reschedule his official next month after trips to Georgia and Florida.

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