Louisville football: Recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville football staff has been busy this week, checking in on prospects and adding scholarship offers to other prospects. Cardinal Authority has a notebook of football recruiting items, including some updates on current commitments.

CABAN LOOKING GREAT AT ALL-STAR GAME

Scout.com national analyst John Garcia reports Louisville commitment Amonte Caban has turned in an impressive week during practices form Team Alabama during workouts preparing for Saturday's Mississippi-Alabama All-Star game.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound middle linebacker from Smiths Station, Ala., told Scout.com he's still "solid" on his commitment to the Cardinals but will likely visit South Carolina.

Garcia said on Wednesday that Caban and South Carolina-bound Quandeski Whitlow "won the day for Team Alabama within its front-seven during extensive 11-on-11 team and situational drills. Whitlow was often in the backfield from his defensive end spot while Caban came downhill on running plays and factored more than we've seen him all week against the pass, snagging a late interception."

Whitlow is a 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end from Opelika, Ala., who is committed to the Gamecocks but told Garcia he would make an official visit to Louisville.

The All-Star game is Saturday at noon in Montgomery, Ala.

JALLOW STILL 'FIRM' ON CARDINALS

U of L's first commitment in the '15 class was from Olive Branch, Miss., defensive back T.J. Jallow, who is also playing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game.

The 6-foot-1, 202-pound Jallow told Scout.com he was "firm" on his commitment to the Cardinals and will make his official visit to campus on Jan. 16.

Jallow had more than 90 tackles in his final two seasons at Olive Branch. He was named first-team All-Area at Olive Branch.

PETRINO VISITS RB COMMITMENT

U of L coach Bobby Petrino visited Citra, Fla., North Marion running back James Allen - a U of L commitment in '15 - earlier this week.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Allen said he was "100 percent solid" with the Cardinals after his chat with the Cardinals.

Allen finished his senior season with 1,650 yards and 18 touchdowns. He averaged 9.7 yards a carry for North Marion.

Allen is scheduled to sign in February.

GREEN NAMED WR OF THE YEAR

Oklahoma City, Okla., Westmoore wide receiver Dahu Green, who has committed to U of L, was named to the All-Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference team.

Green, who had 58 catches for 961 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior, was named Wide Receiver of the Year on the team.

Green made his official visit last month and said he's "firm" on his commitment. He might visit several other schools before signing day.

Green is the No. 58 wide receiver in the country.

CARDS IN RB'S FINAL THREE

Nashville Pearl-Cohn running back Keshawn Vaughn eliminated North Carolina from his list and is now down to three schools.

The 5-foot-10, 205-pound Vaughn is down to U of L, Ohio State and Purdue.

Vaughn visited the Cardinals for the Nov. 29 game against Kentucky. He finished the season with 162 carries for 2,031 yards with 33 touchdowns his senior season. He was named Tennessee Class 2-A Mr. Football Back of the Year.

Vaughn is expected to make a decision in the next few weeks.

CARDS OFFER HALLANDALE PAIR

Louisville offered a pair of 2016 standouts from Hallandale, Fla., including quarterback Tyler Huntley.

The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Huntley has also been offered by Appalachian State and Florida Atantic and has interest from North Carolina, N.C. State, LSU and others.

The Cardinals also offered '16 wide receiver Josh Hammond. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Hammond also has offers from Duke, Mississippi Sate, South Florida, LSU and South Florida and interest from Florida.

LOUISVILLE COMMITS LANDS IOWA OFFER

Louisville 2016 commitment Baylen Buchanan from Suwanee, Ga., Peachtree Ridge has picked up an offer from Iowa.

Buchanan, a cornerback, is the son of former U of L great Ray Buchanan and committed to the Cardinals back in June.

"I'm verbal as of now, but I'm definitely keeping my options open and seeing what schools have to offer me as a player because anything can happen," Buchanan told Scout.com.

OFFER OUT TO FORMER NFL DB'S SON

Former Southern Miss and 11-year NFL veteran Patrick Surtain's son - Patrick Surtain Jr. - an offer. He's a 6-foot, 185-pound member of the Class of 2018.

The younger Surtain now has offers from U of L and Miami.

His father played for the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs and has a good relationship with U of L defensive backs coach Terrell Buckley.

JUCO BACK LANDS OFFER

According to the Fresno Bee, Fresno City Community College running back Jeremy Smith has landed an offer from the Cardinals. He rushed for 1,700 yards as a freshman in JUCO.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound Smith is originally from Louisiana.

Smith has interest from Alabama and Notre Dame and also has offers from Colorado, Iowa% and Southern Miss among several others.

A FEW LEFTOVERS

***U of L commitment Jaylen Smith was named a Class 5-A All-State selection in Mississippi. Smith, a wide receiver, will play next weekend in the Bernard Blackwell Classic All-Star game in Gulfport, Miss.

***Louisville is expected to get a visit in January from Miami Booker T. Washington four-star running back Mark Walton. The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Walton is committed to Miami and ran for 1,318 yards and 23 TDs as a senior. He's the No. 167 ranked prospect nationally.

***The Cards are the latest to offer Suwanee, Ga., North Gwinnett '16 wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, a three-star prospect with a total of 17 offers.

***U of L offered 2016 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., Dwyer wide receiver %%MATCH_16%% and was the No. 1 offer for Miami Coral Reef defensive back Harvey Clayton Jr.


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