U of L football: Recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff is going strong on the recruiting front this spring. Here are a few updates on signees and some new scholarship offers the staff has extended.

U OF L SIGNEE EXCITED ABOUT OFFENSE

Memphis Melrose wide receiver Cornelius Sturghill signed with the University of Louisville in February and said he was excited to get to campus this spring.

After attending last week's U of L Spring Game, Sturghill wants to get going with the Cardinals and new coach Bobby Petrino.

"I saw a lot of positive things," Sturghill said. "It was a great atmosphere and just a lot of good things while I was there."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Sturghill had been committed to Wisconsin until the days leading up to signing day when he flipped to U of L.

A speedy, physical receiver, Sturghill had 51 catches for 961 yards and 16 touchdowns as a senior. He earned 5-A all-state honors at wide receiver after leading the Golden Wildcats to an 8-4 record one year after finishing 0-10.

"I am just so excited now," Sturghill said. "I saw how coach (Lamar) Thomas interacted with his receivers and he really gets the best out of them each play and I saw how it was a senior group.

"So, I can't wait to get to campus and learn things from coach Thomas and the seniors."

WEST COAST DB/WR LANDS U OF L OFFER

Gardena, Calif., Junipero Serra cornerback/wide receiver Stanley Norman has a ton of big-time offers and on Wednesday added one from the Louisville Cardinals.

Norman, whose nickname is Scrappy, said it was his third new offer in 24 hours.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Norman also has offers from USC, UCLA, Florida State, Arizona State, Washington State and Mississippi State.

Scout.com national analyst Greg Biggins reports that "there wasn't a more impressive player during the spring 7on7 circuit than Norman." He's ranked as the No. 7 cornerback in the Class of 2015 by Scout.com.

CARDS FIRST OFFER FOR Oklahoma ATHLETE

Oklahoma City, Okla., Casady School junior safety Max Wariboko reports his first offer came Tuesday from U of L.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound Wariboko is the younger brother of Oklahoma commitment Josh Wariboko. The younger Wariboko is a prospect in the Class of 2016, while the older Wariboko is a '15 prospect and also holds a U of L offer.

Max Wariboko recorded 41 tackles last season.

Alabama SAFETY LANDS FIRST BIG OFFER

Montgomery, Ala., Carver High School safety Melvin Tyus already had six offers.

But on Wednesday landed his first offer from a school in one of the major conferences - earning one from Louisville.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Tyus also has offers from Southern Miss, Arkansas State, South Alabama, Louisiana Tech, Troy and UAB.

Tyus runs a 4.52 40-yard dash. He recorded 62 tackles, four interceptions, eight pass deflections and one forced fumble last season.

CARDS OFFER BIG Georgia LINEMAN

U of L has offered a bunch of linemen in recent weeks, including Ellenwood, Ga., Cedar Grove lineman Quentez Johnson.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Johnson plays both sides of the ball and has been offered now by more than 20 schools.

Johnson also holds offers from Penn State, Oregon, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Mississippi State and Arizona State.

California RB LANDS U OF L OFFER

U of L's new staff has spent a little time in California, offering at least six prospects.

Add another West Coast standout to the list - Fresno, Calif., Clovis North running back Bolu Olorunfunmi added an offer from the Cardinals.

The 6-foot, 210-pound Olorunfunmi is already committed to UCLA but has over a dozen other offers, including U of L, Notre Dame, Stanford, Fresno State and Northwestern.

Olorunfunmi turned in a monster junior season and was named second-team All-State underclass honors. He rushed for 2,344 yards and 24 touchdowns, including 258 yards and two touchdowns in the Central Section Div I Championship game against Bakersfield.


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