Louisville football: Recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff is in the middle of camps and hosting a ton of prospects on campus. Cardinal Authority will keep you up-to-date on all of the latest developments in the football recruiting process. Here's a notebook of items:

Florida LINEMAN CAMPS AT Louisville

Plant City, Fla., offensive lineman Montel McBride picked up a Louisville offer back in May and last weekend made the trek to campus.

McBride went through camp, toured the facilities and had a chance to talk with the coaches, including offensive line coach Dave Borbely.

"I had an amazing time," McBride said. "I got a tour of the facilities and had a great conversation with the O-Line coach and after that I went down and had an amazing camp there.

"I really enjoyed myself at Louisville."

McBride said he has around 15 offers including, Alabama, South Florida, Florida State, Mississippi State, Central Florida, Western Kentucky and Kentucky.


Decatur (Ga) Columbia linebacker Deshon Cooper (6'4, 220) was among the dozens of top-level talent that has recently participated in Louisville's camp and the Scout.com three-star prospect left impressed.

"It went pretty good," said Cooper. ""I like the dorms and how they school is in the city. I like the indoor facilities and how everything is right there close to everything."

Following the camp, Cooper spent some time visiting with the coaching staff, who extended the opportunity to commit.

"They had me working on my run blocking and pass blocking," he said. "They wanted me to commit. I started thinking about it, but I need to let my mom make a few visits to see the schools before I make any decisions."

Cooper lists Auburn, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Missouri, NC State and Ole Miss as his current favorites.


Collins High School's DeAndre Farris (5'10, 170) also attended a Louisville camp and he did so at a new position. Last season he racked up 937 yards and 17 touchdowns as the lead rusher, while also hauling in 60 receptions for 974 yards and an additional 13 scores for Collins.

When he arrived at U of L's camp he did so as a slot receiver.

"I just got converted to a slot receiver, so it's a big transition as far as coming out of your breaks and routes, but I did well," he told Cardinal Authority. "They told me to keep working on coming out my breaks and things like that, but they told me that I did a good job."

Farris has 4.43 40-speed, which makes him a great candidate for the spot and wide receivers coach Ron Dugans plans on keeping an eye on him this fall.

"This was the first time for Coach Dugans to see me as a receiver, so he wants to watch me some more during our season."


Seffner, Fla., Armwood safety Kyle Gibson told Jamie Newberg of Scout.com that he has 21 scholarship offers to date.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Gibson said U of L and Vanderbilt are the leaders.

"It's Vandy and Louisville," Gibson said. "I mean I am open but if I had to pick a couple of favorites it would be those two schools. I know both of those staffs. I speak with them offer and feel comfortable with them. In fact, I would like to visit both of those schools sometime in July."

Gibson is a three-star prospect.


According to Scout.com analyst Chad Simmons, U of L has offered standout 2015 offensive lineman Drew Richmond of Memphis University.

The 6-foot-6, 310-pound Richmond is one of the hottest lineman recruits in the country already with offers from Florida, LSU, Georgia and Alabama.

"Louisville is a top 10 program and that speaks for itself," Richmond said.


Indianapolis Lawrence Central linebacker Brandon Lee has narrowed his list of schools to nine, including U of L.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Lee is also still considering Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Northwestern, Missouri, California, Oregon and Virginia Tech.

Lee has visited U of L three times.


Clearwater, Fla., Countryside safety Michael Johnson said U of L and Florida State are recruiting him the hardest at this point.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Johnson has narrowed his list to those two schools, plus Texas Tech, Virginia, Vanderbilt, Syracuse, Purdue, Arizona, Central Florida and Rutgers. He said he was "most likely going to stick with this list."

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