Louisville football recruiting notebook

Cardinal Authority has a few recruiting nuggets for Class of 2014 prospects being recruited by the University of Louisville football staff. The Cardinals already have two verbal commitments in the '14 class.


Iowa Western Community College offensive lineman DeAndre Herron was supposed to be part of the Class of 2012 for the University of Louisville.

But the 6-foot-6, 310-pound Herron, a native of Avon, Ind., didn't make it academically and had to go the junior-college route.

Herron stayed in contact with the U of L coaches and he was told earlier in the week that he still had a scholarship offer. He also has an offer from Arizona.

On Wednesday, Herron will be in Louisville making an unofficial visit to the Cardinals' first spring practice of the season. He confirmed with Cardinal Authority on Tuesday night that he's making the trip.

Herron is also expected to visit Indiana on Thursday.


Three-star cornerback Al Harris Jr., the son of former NFL star Al Harris, is adding offers to his list.

And one of the recent offers for the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas is Louisville along with Penn State and Florida State.

"Louisville, I really like the style of defense they play," Harris told Amy Campbell of Fox SportsNEXT.com. "Charlie Strong, he's a very good coach. They have a great program (at Louisville)."

The 5-foot-11, 160-pound athlete also has offers from South Carolina, Rutgers, Cincinnati and Purdue but said he doesn't have any favorites.

Harris' father is a former defensive back who played for the Eagles and Packers, among other teams during his 14-year NFL career.

North Carolina LBER HAS OFFER

Louisville is one of three offers for Matthews, N.C., Butler linebacker Isaac Stewart, who also holds offers from North Carolina State and Charlotte.

The 6-foot-2, 232-pound Stewart has visited N.C. State and Clemson and is also hearing from North Carolina, Penn State, Georgia, Florida State, West Virginia and Marquette among several other schools.

Stewart had 115 tackles and six sacks as a junior.


Longwood, Fla., Lyman High School linebacker Nico Firios holds four offers, including ones from Louisville and Kentucky.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Firios also holds offers from Rutgers and South Florida and is expected to attend a Junior Day at South Florida this weekend.

Firios said he's also hoping to make a visit to U of L at some point this summer because he's "excited to see what they have to offer."

"Louisville is a really great school and I am really excited to have such an opportunity," he said. "They have a great program that is up-and-coming and they are entering the ACC. And especially with Charlie Strong as the head coach.

"He's definitely a defensive and linebacker-minded coach and that's really a pro for me."

Firios is the No. 7 ranked player in the Orlando Sentinel's Central Florida Super60.

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