When Bobby Petrino was named head football coach at the University of Louisville last month, he said in-state recruiting would be a focus.
Petrino wants to get the best players from across the country, while keeping the best of the Bluegrass State at home.
He will start to lay the groundwork for the future of in-state recruiting on Sunday. The Cardinals will host at least 12 top in-state prospects during the U of L basketball game against Rutgers on Sunday at the KFC Yum Center.
Nine of the prospects in attendance are expected to be players in the Class of 2015, while two will be from '16 and one in '17.
The highest-profile prospect expected to attend will be four-star Warren Central linebacker Emmitt Smith. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Smith is ranked No. 107 nationally by Scout.com in the '15 class.
Henderson County offensive lineman Mason Wolfe is a three-star prospect visiting. The 6-5, 280-pound Wolfe already has an offer from Kentucky and is hearing from Purdue and California among others.
Trinity running back Donald Brooks will also be in attendance, along with DeSales offensive lineman Matt Bledsoe and Ballard defensive end Sean Hammonds. Brooks ran for 896 yards and 15 touchdowns, while catching 35 passes for 257 yards and one score, while Bledsoe is a 6-3, 275-pound prospect who played both sides of the ball for the Class 2-A state champions. Hammonds is a 6-3, 220-pound prospect.
Jensen Feggins is a 6-1, 200-pound wide receiver from Fort Thomas Highlands. He finished his junior year with 51 catches for 1.100 yards and 15 touchdowns for the Bluebirds.
Linebacker Darrian Scott (6-0, 220) helped lead Bowling Green to the 5-A state title, while Marques Trigg ran for 1,669 yards and 26 TDs at Glasgow. Bryan Station wide receiver Marcus Floyd is a 6-1, 185-pound prospect with some interest from Purdue, U of L, and Kentucky.
Lafayette junior-to-be quarterback Clay Bolin, the brother of U of L quarterback Kyle Bolin, will be one of the two 2016 prospects at the game. He threw for 765 yards and five TDs in five games last season. The other '16 prospect will be Ballard wide receiver Malik Dow.
Lafayette sophomore-to-be Walker Wood will also be at the game. He passed for 947 yards and five TDs, ran for 175 yards and caught 11 passes for 100 yards and a TD as a freshman.