University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong signed two of the state's top prospects in the Class of 2013, including Mr. Football James Quick.
Now, as the focus shifts to the Class of 2014 expect the Cardinals to go after some of the state's elite prospects. Trinity's Reggie Bonnafon, considered the No. 2 prospect statewide in the '14 class, is already committed to U of L.
"We want to make sure we get the players within this state," Strong said. "There are some outstanding players in this state. We want to control this city first, actually we want to control this state."
The Cardinals are off to a good start with Bonnafon.
U of L has also offered the state's top prospect – Conner's Drew Barker – and had unofficial visits during the season from at least 20 other in-state prospects.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound Barker has more than 12 scholarship offers after a junior season where he rushed for 1,422 yards and 18 touchdowns and passed for 2,067 yards, 22 TDs with only seven interceptions.
Bowling Green wide receiver Nacarius Fant is also a three-star prospect and considered among the elite in the state. Fant has over 1,000 yards each of the past two seasons and said he has "a lot of interest" in U of L.
Paducah Tilghman defensive back Darius Spivey-Nunn, Fort Thomas Highlands tight end Nick True, St. Xavier running back Charles Walker and John Hardin defensive tackle Matt Elam also made multiple visits to U of L during the season and are all considered among the top 10 prospects in the state.
Spivey-Nunn had 13 catches for 192 yards, 70 tackles, two interceptions, three kick return touchdowns and 155 yards rushing as a junior. Walker rushed for 1148 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games.
Central High School has a pair of linebackers who made multiple visits in Donald Styles and Phillip Francis. Both players project as a safety in college. The 6-foot, 195-pound Francis had 84 tackles as a junior, while the 5-10, 185-pound Styles finished with 129 tackles and two interceptions, returning both for a TD.
Collins running back DeAndre Farris, Lone Oak quarterback Cole Ousley, Bowling Green linebacker Lincoln Quick, Bowling Green quarterback Devin Hayes, Henry Clay running back Davion Jackson Paducah Tilghman defensive end Derik Overstreet and Seneca defensive end Lloyd Tubman were other prospects who made unofficial visits to U of L.
One intriguing prospect to watch is speedy Trinity wide receiver Cody Swabek, the son of former U of L running back Craig Swabek. The younger Swabek caught 49 passes for 673 yards and nine TDs beside Quick as a junior.
Bonnafon and Barker are the only players with current offers from U of L.
NOTE: The prospects in this article won't be U of L targets. They have made unofficial visits and are potential targets.