Louisville football recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff is hard at work in the Class of 2014. Here are a few nuggets about players the Cardinals have offered or are targeting. Cardinal Authority will keep you up-to-date on the latest on the recruiting scene.

Tennessee STAR HEADED TO JUNIOR DAY

Among the top prospects expected to be in attendance at the University of Louisville's Junior Day on Feb. 23 is a standout safety from Tennessee.

Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oakland High School standout Emmanuel Smith is a top prospect in the Class of 2014 and will be checking out the Cardinals.

Smith, who picked up an offer from Tennessee last week, is a 6-foot-2, 196-pound two-way player in high school. He's projected as a safety in college.

As a junior at Oakland, Smith started at quarterback and free safety. He threw for 627 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for 777 yards and four scores. On defense he had 77 tackles, four forced fumbles and one interception.

Smith also has an offer from Memphis.

TALLAHASSEE DB HOLDS U OF L OFFER

Tallahassee, Fla., Godby defensive back De'Eric Culver is another player from the Sunshine State recently offered by the Louisville staff.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Culver, who runs a 4.5 40-yard dash, said he holds offers from U of L, Kentucky, Mississippi and Mississippi State. He also has been hearing from Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina among others.

Culver had 54 tackles, eight pass break-ups, five sacks, five forced fumbles and two interceptions as a junior at Godby.

CARDS IN ON Florida QB

Miami Coral Reef junior quarterback Nicodem Pierre already holds nine offers, including one from the Louisville staff.

The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Pierre told Scout.com earlier this week that he holds offers from U of L, Clemson, South Florida, Kansas State, Duke, Marshall, Florida Atlantic and Nebraska.

Pierre had 1,200 yards passing and 14 touchdowns and 250 yard rushing and another three TDs as a junior.

HIGHLANDS TE GETTING INTEREST

Fort Thomas Highlands tight end Nick True is considered one of the state's top prospects in the Class of 2014.

The 6-foot-7, 245-pound True attended one U of L game last fall and said he's still hearing interest from the Cardinals and Illinois.

True told Brian Eldridge of Scout.com that he's been invited to Junior Day at U of L.


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