Louisville football recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff will host more than 50 prospects this Sunday for the season-opener against Kentucky. Here's a football recruiting notebook checking in with a few of those prospects:


Among the visitors coming to the game on Sunday will be two of the state's top prospects in the Class of 2014 – both quarterbacks.

Conner quarterback Drew Barker and Trinity's Reggie Bonnafon will both be in attendance to watch the Cardinals meet Kentucky.

"I'll be there without a doubt," said Bonnafon, who added he was looking forward to seeing "how much they have improved from last season."

Barker said he was "really looking forward to this U of L game. They are really high on my list right now."

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Barker has offers from U of L, South Carolina, Cincinnati, Illinois and Purdue among others. He completed 6 of 12 passes for 216 yards and two TDs in his first game last week, a win over Boone County.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Bonnafon plays wide receiver for Trinity this season but is the backup quarterback and has two scholarship offers – U of L and Illinois – to play quarterback at the next level.


One visitor this weekend that is very familiar with the U of L program is Indianapolis Bishop Chatard senior offensive lineman Joe Doyle.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Doyle was teammates last season with current U of L freshman lineman Sid Anvoots, who is sitting out the season with an injury.

"He is a good friend of mine and has told me a lot about the games," Doyle said. "I'm just excited to see how the team has progressed throughout the summer, and of course a huge win for the Cardinals."

Doyle said U of L, Indiana, Purdue, Missouri, Toledo and Ball State are the schools showing him the most interest with the Cardinals at the top.

"I feel like (Louisville) would be a great fit, and especially with Sid there, I know some of the lineman already such as Joe Manley and others," Doyle said.

Doyle currently doesn't have an offer from the Cardinals.


Former U of L wide receiver LaVell Boyd has a Class of 2014 prospect that is starting to get a lot of college attention, including from the Cardinals.

Boyd said the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Lloyd Tubman is a linebacker who has only been playing football for three seasons. He ran a 4.5 second 40-yard dash at U of L's camp during the summer and also has a 38-inch vertical.

"He has long arms and very good quickness and footwork," Boyd said. "He did well at Louisville and Western (Kentucky's) camps. He's a kid who is going to play college football in two years and I am trying to get him ready.

Boyd said he's attending the game on Sunday with Tubman, who he noted is "starting to get a lot of interest from schools."


Bowling Green football coach Kevin Wallace and his staff have put out a ton of Division I athletes in recent years, including current U of L freshman Joe Manley.

And the Purples are loaded again with talent.

Four players from the Bowling Green Class of 2014 will attend the game on Sunday, including two the Cardinals are showing a lot interest in.

The prospect getting the most attention at this point is speedy wide receiver Nacarius Fant, who said he has no offers but is hearing the most from U of L and Illinois, also mentioning Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Ohio State.

"I came to the Louisville spring game and had a chance to talk with coach (Ron) Dugans and it was a lot of fun," Fant said. "I like the offense, so it will be good to be able to see what the atmosphere will be like."

The 5-foot-10, 155-pound Fant has 14 catches for 228 yards and three touchdowns in his first two games of the season.

Quarterback Devin Hayes said he can't wait to get to the game to "see what it's all about," noting his recruitment is just starting.

Hayes was the backup to All-State quarterback Scooter Hollis last season but has completed 33 of 52 passes for 435 yards and six TDs in two games.

Athlete Blue Tisdale and linebacker Lincoln Quick will also make the trip to the game with their teammates. Tisdale is an under-the-radar guy right now but he has rushed for 201 yards and four TDs in two games.

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