Local prospects enjoy U of L game

The University of Louisville football team hosted some of the top prospects in the Louisville area at the season-opening win over Miami on Monday. Cardinal Authority has reaction from two of the top prospects in Louisville.

The University of Louisville hosted more than a dozen prospects from the area on Monday night as the Cardinals beat Miami in the opener.

And two of the top prospects from the city of Louisville gave the Cardinals' rave reviews.

Manual High School running back Michael Nero and Doss linebacker Ramone Kelly spoke with Cardinal Authority about the unofficial visit.

Both prospects had been to games last season and have been in contact with the new coaching staff. Neither has an offer from U of L at this point but are talking with the Cardinals.

Kelly is a 6-foot, 205-pound linebacker who was recently invited to play in the Offense-Defense All-American game in January. He's been one of the leading tacklers at Doss - and in the city - for the past two years.

Indiana and U of L are showing the most interest, while Eastern Michigan, Indiana State and Western Kentucky recently called and Kelly said a lot of smaller schools have been in contact in recent months.

But he did have a "great time," on Monday.

"It was just great," he said. "I loved the way Louisville played, especially defense.

The 5-10, 210-pound Nero is a standout running back at Manual. He had 1,889 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior for the Crimsons.

Nero said he has an offer from Toledo and interest from Indiana, Morehead State and several other smaller schools.

"I thought it was great to see the Cards capitalize and execute the run game and get the win," Nero said.

The Seneca duo of Aldwin Jackson and Mikal Ballard also attended the game. Jackson is committed to Western Kentucky and Ballard has committed to Austin Peay.

Another intriguing local prospect at the game was Fern Creek junior Lamarius Kinslow.

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