Louisville football visitors talk about game

The University of Louisville football staff is bringing in upwards of 50 recruits for the season-opener against Kentucky on Sunday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. The complete list is on the premium forums. Cardinal Authority talked to almost 40 of those prospects and here's what they had to say about the upcoming visit:


Joey Bloomfield, Ballard, OL, 6-6, 300 (Kansas commitment)

"My dad is coming to the game with me. Right now, I am 100 percent committed to Kansas. But growing up, I was a huge Cards fan and so that doesn't mean I can't come see my Cards. But my heart is in Kansas."

Kyle Bolin, Lexington Catholic, QB, 6-3, 190 (Louisville commitment)

"I'll make as many games as I can and my family is coming with me, my mom, my dad and my brother. I just want to see the atmosphere. Last year, there were so many new guys and nobody knew what to expect. But now there are great expectations and I am anxious to see what the environment is going to be like because of that."

Chandler Bridges, Flowery Branch, Ga., OL, 6-5, 270 (Louisville commitment)

"I am excited to see what it's like on game day. My mom and my brother are coming with me. I want to see them on the field and most of all see the city and the excitement for such a big game and what it will be like."

Kendall Calhoun, Paducah Tilghman, OL, 6-7, 255

"I'm coming with my mom and dad and a couple of teammates are also coming to the game. Louisville has shown some interest and I am excited to see what it's like."

Jordan Chunn, Gurley, Ala., Madison County, FB, 6-0, 210

"I'll be coming with a family friend. I just want to feel the atmosphere and see what it's all about at Louisville."

Jac Collinsworth, Fort Thomas Highlands, WR, 6-3 180

Collinsworth is the son of former Cincinnati Bengals All-Pro wide receiver Cris Collinsworth and said "I am coming to the game and Louisville is one of the bigger schools recruiting me."

Joe Doyle, Indianapolis Bishop Chatard, OL, 6-4, 265

" I'll be there with my brother and girlfriend. My parents couldn't make it to this one, which is a huge bummer because I know this is the game to be at. I'm just excited to see how the Louisville team has progressed throughout the summer. And of course, a huge win for the Cardinals."

Makail Grace, Rochelle, Ga., Wilcox County, CB, 6-3, 180

"My dad and my uncle are getting a van and we're coming up (along with cousin and target Johnathan Howard). I want to have a good time and watch the cornerbacks."

Johnathan Howard, Rochelle, Ga., Wilcox County, WR, 6-4, 180

"My dad and my cousin (Makail Grace) are coming and it should be a lot of fun. I just want to watch the receivers and the offense and see what they can do."

Skylar Lacy, Indianapolis Southport, OL, 6-6, 307 (Louisville commitment)

"My dad, for sure, and probably one of my (high school) teammates and hanging out with my future (college) teammates."

William Lee, Indianapolis Tech, DT, 6-0, 280 (Ball St. commitment)

"I will be attending the game with some of my teammates. I don't know exactly who all is coming but Fred Hopkins (6-4, 341, OT, 2013) is coming with me. I look forward to watching a good game versus Kentucky and feeling the college atmosphere in Louisville, and maybe receiving an offer. I am still currently committed to Ball State but I am still open to being recruited by Louisville.

DeMarquis Polite-Bray, Lithonia, Ga., Martin Luther King, CB, 6-0, 170

"I will be at that game on Sunday. I am coming with (Louisville commit and teammate) Jacarthy Mack and maybe (ex-Florida commit) Josh Outlaw. It should be fun."

Tyler Polston, St. Xavier, TE, 6-3, 210

"Yes I'm going and my cousin is coming with me. The thing I look forward to the most is to get some idea about what U of L football is about in at big time game and then getting to meet the coaches."

James Quick, Trinity, WR, 6-1, 180

"I know my dad is coming with me. I just want to see what they do on offense and watch and try to figure out what the wide receivers are doing."

Keith Towbridge, Toledo Cent. Cath., TE, 6-4, 252 (U of L commitment)

"Me and my mom are going to the game." He said he wants to watch "the Cards beat Kentucky and watching how the offense uses the tight ends. It's going to be a great game overall though."

Trent Waters, Knoxville, Tenn., Bearden, FB, 6-0, 233

"I will be coming with my mother and Louisville is one of the bigger schools interested."


Drew Barker, Conner, QB, 6-3, 190

"My parents. I just want to see the atmosphere since it's a big rivalry and the offense Louisville is running and how I could fit in."

Reggie Bonnafon, Trinity, QB, 6-0, 180

"I will be there, without a doubt. I'm ready to see how much they have improved."

Akeem Cooperwood, Knoxville, Tenn., Fulton High, OL, 6-7, 310

"I will be coming to the game with my mentor and girlfriend."

Matthew Elam, John Hardin, OL, 6-6, 300

"Yes, I'm bringing my friends Domonick (Brown) and Kahlil (Frazier) and I'm looking forward to learning more about the defense and the line."

Deandre Farris, Collins, RB, 5-9, 175

Lamour Farris (father): "Yes we are going to the game, he's looking forward to experiencing the live college football atmosphere at a rivalry game. Also, looking forward to seeing the coaches in action on game day and meeting some of the other recruits."

Nacarius Fant, Bowling Green, WR, 5-10, 155

"I am going with Devin (Hayes) and I want to see how the plays work and see what the receivers are doing and how they run their routes."

Phillip Francis, Central, S, 5-10, 195

"My friend Donald Styles and I are going. I'm most excited about seeing how both teams run the defense and how they execute to the ball."

Devin Hayes, Bowling Green, QB, 6-1, 175

"I am coming with my brother and my dad. I just want to go and see what the atmosphere at a college football game is all about."

Davion Jackson, Henry Clay, RB, 5-10, 170

"I am going with my two sisters and I hope to see the Cards play a good game and also se just how great the campus is."

C.J. Jacoby, Holy Cross, OL, 6-3, 336

"Yes I'm planning on going. When going to games I'm looking at the atmosphere at the games, the campus itself, the coaching staff, and the style of football they play."

Darryl Long, Westerville, Ohio, South, TE, 6-4, 220

"This will be my first game, so I'm not exactly sure on what to expect. But I do want to see how the atmosphere and intensity is at a college game and I'm also looking forward to seeing the players and the coaches at Louisville."

Jalen Manning, Carthage, Tenn., Smith County, RB, 5-9, 177

"It's a great opportunity for me to get to see a program like Louisville. My mom, dad and sister are going with me. I am looking forward to seeing them put on a show for the fans."

Cole Ousley, Paducah Lone Oak, QB, 6-2, 175

"Yes I am going with my dad and pretty much see the game itself and getting to see the facilities."

Derik Overstreet, Paducah Tilghman, LB, 6-3, 230

"My family is coming with me. I'm going to watch the defense close and see what kind of system they are running and really just seeing what it's all about there."

Colt Pettit, Hamler, Ohio, Patrick Henry, OL, 6-4, 240

"Coach (Charlie) Strong invited me and I really haven't talked to them a lot but I just thought I would give it a try and see what it's all about at Louisville."

Donald Styles, Central, S, 5-9, 180

"I am taking my dad and my cousin. I like seeing big hits, so I want to see people make noise. I also want to see how the strong safety plays."

Lincoln Quick (2014), Bowling Green, LB, 6-2, 205

Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace confirmed Quick is coming with his teammates, Devin Hayes and Nacarius Fant.

Darrius Spivey-Nunn, Paducah Tilghman, CB, 6-1, 175

"I will be attending the game and am looking forward to it."

Blue Tisdale (2014), Bowling Green, ATH, 6-0, 180

Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace confirmed Tisdale is coming with his teammates, Devin Hayes and Nacarius Fant.

Lloyd Tubman, Seneca, LB, 6-4, 235

Former U of L wide receiver LaVell Boyd is now the Seneca coach and said he would attend the game with Tubman, who he called "a talented kid who will play college football."

Darius West (2014), Lima, Ohio, Central, CB, 5-11, 192

"I am not sure who all is coming, but I will be there. I'm looking forward to seeing a nice organized school that plays hard with good discipline."

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