U of L football: Recruiting notebook

With just over a week until national signing day, there's plenty of news on the recruiting front for the University of Louisville football team. The Cardinals have around 20 commitments heading into the final week before signing day:


The University of Louisville football staff has hosted 18 official visitors in the past two weekends as national signing day nears.

But this weekend is expected to be the biggest of them all.

U of L could be hosting close to a dozen visitors on the weekend before the Feb. 5 signing day. Cardinal Authority has already confirmed six visitors and will be on campus this weekend and will confirm the rest as the schedules get set.

It's the first weekend the new U of L staff will have a basketball game – which typically is a huge draw – to take recruits and let them attend during the visit.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on all the news of the weekend.


Reports surfaced on Monday night that Sarasota, Fla., running back Marlon Mack committed to the University of Louisville and then a bit later to South Florida.

But in the end his high school coach, Johnnie Jones told the Tampa Bay Times that the 6-foot, 190-pound Mack did "not make any decision at all."

Mack was visited by U of L coaches on Monday and the Cardinals are still in the mix for his services. A decision could come at any time.

As a senior at Booker High School, Mack ran 186 times for 1,527 yards and 19 touchdowns. He had 1,037 yards rushing as a junior and had over 4,000 all-purpose yards in his final two seasons.


Lakeland, Fla., defensive tackle Chris Nelson told Cardinal Authority on Friday that he will make his final visit to Louisville this coming weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Nelson was committed to U of L under the previous staff and remains a "soft commit" to the Cardinals now.

But he's told several news outlets since his visit to Texas last weekend that he will visit U of L or Notre Dame. Expect a decision on his official visit soon.


One of the more than a dozen new 2015 scholarship offers that went out last week was to Tim Irvin, the nephew of Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.

The younger Irvin is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete from Miami Westminster Christian High School. He's a running back and a safety.

Tim Irvin has more than 15 offers, including U of L, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan State, USC and Oregon.

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