U of L football: Recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff is all over the country this week, recruiting to try and finish the Class of 2014 and get going on '15. Cardinal Authority brings you a notebook full of recruiting items:


Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing committed to the University of Louisville in May but has still been getting looks from some other schools, including a lot of attention from Wisconsin.

The 6-foot-2, 189-pound Rushing had been thinking of taking a visit to Wisconsin but for now that trip is not happening.

Rushing said he is completely "firm" on his commitment to U of L, noting defensive coordinator Vance Bedford was at his school on Tuesday.

Rushing has been recruiting other uncommitted targets in the Sunshine State and has planned his official visit for Jan. 17.


Hialeah, Fla., Champagnat Catholic safety Michael Johnson helped his team win the Class 2-A state title last weekend in Orlando, Fla.

On Monday, Bedford was in his school to chat with Johnson.

Champagnat coach Mike Tunsil said the 6-foot-3, 190-pound Johnson is solid with his commitment to U of L and will visit Jan. 17.

He said Johnson had a "great season" for Champagnat.

"Michael is Michael," Tunsil said. "He's going to come there and fit right in."

Tunsil said U of L is also "still in dialogue" with Travonte Valentine, the No. 13 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com. Valentine, who had previously committed to U of L, is currently committed to Miami.


U of L coaches have seen a few dozen recruits this week, including one of the top Class of 2015 running backs in Florida – Ray Ray McCloud.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound back from Tampa Sickles has offers from Arizona, Clemson, U of L, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Florida among others.

McCloud finished his junior season with 299 times for 2,300 yards and 26 touchdowns with five games over 200 yards and just one under 100.


One of the top remaining targets on the U of L '14 board – D'Cota Dixon – is participating in the Central Florida All-Star game on Thursday night.

Dixon, a 5-foot-9, 180-pound safety, is from New Smyrna Beach High School and will play on the East team in the All-Star game.

Dixon has already visited Michigan State and plans on visiting U of L and is still looking at Wisconsin and several others.

*U of L commitment T.J. Foster of Union County, S.C., will participate in the Touchstone Energy Cooperative North vs. South All-Star game.

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