University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino called Saturday's regular-season finale against Kentucky a "big game" in the recruiting world.
And he wasn't fibbing.
The U of L staff is using the game as a major recruiting weekend, hosting nine Class of 2015 prospects on official visits.
One of the official visitors - Traveon Samuel - is already committed to the Cardinals. The athlete from Phenix City, Ala., signed his paperwork last week with the Cardinals and will enroll in January.
Samuel had 1,764 all-purpose yards in 10 games as a senior, rushing for 861 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching 39 passes for 553 yards and 3 TDs.
Keke Coutee is a three-star wide receiver from Lufkin, Tx., who had originally been committed to Texas. He recently visited Texas Tech and is also looking at Arkansas, Oklahoma and Baylor among others.
Coutee has over 1,000 receiving yards two years in a row.
Garden City, N.Y., Nassau Community College cornerback Rasul Douglas is making the trip to U of L for an official and has also visited West Virginia. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Douglas has also heard from Tennessee, Central Florida, Florida and Florida State.
Matt Kellerman is a big-time offensive lineman from Butler Community College who made visits to Illinois and Iowa State the past two weeks. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Kellerman is expected to make a decision soon after his visit to U of L.
Arkansas commitment LaMichael Pettway committed to the Razorbacks in late October but will make an official to U of L. The 6-3, 200-pound Pettway also had offers from Alabama and Nebraska before making his commitment.
Also visiting will be Tavin Richardson, Keshawn Vaughn, Chason Virgil and Josh Wariboko.
Richardson is from Duncan, S.C., Byrnes High School and is also a bigger wide receiver prospect. The 6-4, 210-pound Richardson will also visit Kentucky in January and has been to Central Florida and Nebraska.
Vaughn is a 5-10, 210-pound running back from Nashville Pearl Cohn. He has already visited and is expected to make visits to Ohio State and Vanderbilt among others.
Virgil is a three-star quarterback from West Mesquite, Tx., who recently de-committed from Mississippi State, while Wariboko (6-3, 305) is ranked as the No. 150 prospect nationally and the No. 12 offensive guard in the country.
Cardinal Authority will have updates on all nine in the coming days.