Football recruiting: Two commits named MVP

The University of Louisville football staff has 10 verbal commitments in the Class of 2014 and still has a bunch of targets. Here are a few recruiting notes:


Two University of Louisville 2013 football commitments from the state of Florida were named MVPs of an All-Star game on Wednesday night.

The 58th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star game in Sebring, Fla., featured some of the top prospects from the Sunshine State.

Tampa Bay Tech defensive back Richard Benjamin had three interceptions in the game and was named MVP for the South team.

Wekiva safety Terrence Ross was named North MVP.

Ross has been committed to U of L since May, while Benjamin committed to U of L last weekend after making an official visit.


Top U of L target and Trinity High School five-star wide receiver James Quick was given the Paul Hornung Award, presented to the state's top player by the Louisville Quarterback Club on Wednesday.

Quick is the all-time leading receiver in Kentucky high school football history with 280 receptions, the only Kentucky prep player to play on football and basketball state championship teams in the same season (2011), and the only player to ever catch a touchdown pass in four straight state finals. He is also the defending state champion and state record holder in the 200-meter dash.

Quick has visited U of L and Ohio State, while also looking at Oregon, Tennessee and Kentucky. He will announce on Jan. 5 at the U.S. Army All-American game.


Conner junior quarterback Drew Barker, the state's top 2014 prospect, has added scholarship offers from Tennessee and North Carolina.

Barker holds an offer from U of L and told national analyst Allen Trieu that he plans on making a decision in March or April.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Barker rushed for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns, while passing for 2,067 yards, 22 TDs with only seven interceptions.


Football coaches are currently in a dead period for recruiting, meaning there won't be a ton of news until after the bowl games.

U of L won't host visitors until the weekend of Jan. 5.

But the Cardinals did have a visitor to practice earlier in the week when St. Xavier junior running back Charles Walker stopped by.

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