Another Miami star has U of L high on list

The University of Louisville football staff has made a living snatching top players from the Miami area during the Charlie Strong-era. Now, the Cardinals are in on a few other prospects from the area, including a top cornerback.

The University of Louisville football program has landed two players in the secondary from Miami Southridge High School in the past two recruiting classes.

Andrew Johnson has started four of five games as a sophomore, while freshman Gerod Holliman has seen some action as a true freshman.

Now, the Cardinals are after another standout from Southridge.

Lamar Robbins is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback with dozens of scholarship offers and what he calls "a lot of interest" from the Cardinals.

"I have a connection with Louisville," Robbins said. "They have a lot of Miami guys up there and (Johnson and Holliman) want me to come check it out. They love it up there and keep telling me to come.

"Louisville is showing me a lot of interest."

Robbins took his first official visit over the weekend and called a trip to Purdue "very good" and "a lot of fun." He said Purdue is showing him the most interest.

His list of offers includes Arkansas, Auburn, Michigan State, Indiana, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and Pittsburgh among others.

"A lot of schools," he said when asked who was showing interest. "A couple of schools have fallen off on their own. If you are not showing me any interest, and then you call and say are we OK, you probably don't want me as much."

Robbins said U of L and assistant coach Clint Hurtt are showing him love.

He said he wasn't sure about a visit to U of L but said the Cardinals were high on his list of schools at this point.

"Coach Hurtt is smooth," Robbins said. "We talk and we can joke around. I like him a lot. I like Louisville and the connection there."

U of L has 17 players on its roster from the Miami-area and Robbins said like many other players in the area he's taken note of that.

"That can be a big factor," he said. "Purdue has 20 players from the state of Florida but that can be like having 20 players from Texas. It's not like having 20 from Miami. Louisville has a lot of guys from (Miami) and that's big."

The Miami-Herald ranked Robbins as the No. 12 player in the Miami-Dade County area heading into the season.


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