Football recruits react to Louisville game

The reaction from recruits attending the University of Louisville football game last weekend against Kentucky has been nothing but positive. The Cardinals hosted around 50 prospects and their families for the season-opener. Here's an update on a few more prospects that were in attendance.


Ballard High School offensive lineman Joey Bloomfield is committed to Kansas and said he's "100 percent still committed," but made the U of L-UK game on Sunday.

The 6-foot-6, 300-pound Bloomfield said he grew up a U of L fan and wanted to check out the Cardinals' in the season opener.

"I did make it to the game and I really liked how U of L was so explosive on offense," Bloomfield said. "I enjoyed talking with the other recruits.

"I just said hi and caught up with coach (Vance) Bedford before the game."

U of L is still one of the schools recruiting Bloomfield, who said right now "my heart is in Lawrence (Kansas)."


The interest level in Galion, Ohio, junior athlete Dareian Watkins has picked up in recent months and now Louisville is getting involved.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Watkins made the trip to watch the game last Sunday and left Papa John's Cardinal Stadium impressed.

"I LOVED the atmosphere," Watkins said. "I thought that with the rain and maybe Kentucky being a basketball school that it wouldn't be like a big game. But I was wrong and it was electric like."

Watkins, who already holds five offers including Illinois, said he's been talking to the U of L staff for a while and is hoping for an offer.

"Coach Strong is a great guy," Watkins said. "I talk to him every day (on facebook). He keeps telling me why I should go to Louisville."

Watkins said he has a "ton of school actively recruiting me," noting that he is being recruited as a quarterback, wide receiver, cornerback and safety.

"I keep telling them I averaged over 40 yards a punt and they should let me do that," Watkins said with a laugh.


Westerville, Ohio, South High School junior tight end Darryl Long also attended the game and called the atmosphere "just outstanding."

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Long, who camped at U of L, Michigan, Michigan State and Illinois over the summer, said he has an offer from Ohio U., but is getting a lot of serious interest from bigger schools, including Louisville.

"The coaches were pleased that I came down," Long said. "They told me to keep working hard and get them film as soon as possible.

"I liked Louisville a lot. It looks like not only a great place to go to school but a wonderful place to play football."


Lima, Ohio, Central Catholic junior cornerback Darius West already has five offers and has a chance to see what U of L had to offer last weekend.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound West made the visit to Louisville to watch the game and said the day made an initial good impression on him.

"I made it and talked to coach (Tommy) Restivo, the safeties coach," West said. "It was pretty good other than the rain, but I was happy I showed up.

"I liked the atmosphere of the crowd the best and the physicality. The discipline of the players left the final good impression for me."

West already has offers from Illinois, Cincinnati, Akron, Toledo and Bowling Green but has also heard from Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.


Knoxville, Tenn., Bearden, senior fullback Trent Waters has an offer from UNLV but said Louisville moved up his list after the visit.

The 6-foot, 235-pound Waters said he talked with running back coach Kenny Carter and was impressed by the atmosphere and facilities.

"The trip went real well," Waters said. "Coach Carter said he was impressed with my athletic ability and that he needs a fullback and that I was on top of his list.

"I really enjoyed the game. I had never been but I liked the crowd and the atmosphere. My final impressed is that I am real high on Louisville."


St. Xavier High School senior tight end Tyler Polston made the short trip across town to check out the game and said it "was great."

"I really enjoyed it," Polston said. "I like the facilities U of L has to offer. I spoke with some coaches after the game and they were very positive.

"The impression that Louisville left me with were this is a really good football team and I like the way they do things."

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Polston is hearing from several other schools, including Western Kentucky University.

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