Louisville will host in-state Junior Day

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino will try to keep the best players in the state and that will start with the school's first ever in-state Junior Day. The Cardinals will host the top prospects from across the state of Kentucky.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said last year when he was hired for a second time as the head coach of the Cardinals that he wanted to clamp down on the state.

Petrino noted his good teams the first time he was at U of L had "really good, key players" from the state of Kentucky and his plan is to have that happen again.

"We have to do a good job at home," Petrino said in an interview early last season. "We want to keep the best player in the city of Louisville and the state of Kentucky home. It's very important to us to do that."

The Cardinals didn't sign any players from the Bluegrass State last week in the Class of 2015. But only five players from Kentucky went to Power 5 schools and only 15 other players even signed Division I scholarship offers.

Moving forward there's more talent in the state - and the city of Louisville - and Petrino is take a major step towards making in-roads with those players.

Louisville will host - for the first time - a Bluegrass Junior Day where the top players from the state will be invited to make an unofficial visit at the school.

"It's a nice gesture," said a local high school coach who didn't want to be identified. "The coaches just want them to take a look at our kids and (Petrino) is always been one to do that, so this is a good thing for Louisville."

The Junior Day is expected to be held this Wednesday in conjunction with the U of L basketball game against Pittsburgh. There could be more than a dozen of the state's top prospects in attendance.

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