The University of Louisville football program found success recruiting the state of Georgia for the 2015 class – signing four to scholarships – and have returned to the Peach State in search of athletes for the 2016 class.
The Cardinals coaching staff have already landed verbal commitments from a pair Georgia prospects in cornerback Bobby Buchanan and defensive tackle T.J. London, and they will welcome 12 prospects from throughout the state to campus over the weekend for the program's Junior Day.
Buchanan of Peachtree Ridge, who is the son of former Cardinal All-American Ray Buchanan, was the first pledge to the 2016 class will make the trip from the community northeast of Atlanta. Teammate, Malik Staples, a three-star running back, will also make attend Junior Day. Staples currently holds offers from Boston College, Colorado State, Georgia Tech, Marshall, Wake Forest and others.
A pair of teammates from North Gwinnett are expected to participate in the weekend activities. Kameron Pickett, a 5-foot-11, 205-pound running back will be joined by 6-foot-3, 275-pound offensive lineman Alex Mollette. Pickett holds scholarship offers from Georgia State and Marshall, with Mollette also holding a Georgia State offer.
Mill Creek teammates Robbie Bell and Peyton Moore will be among the dozen from the state to visit U of L this weekend. Bell, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound offensive lineman, holds an offer from Georgia State. Moore, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound linebacker, is in search of his first offer.
Also expected to visit is 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety Kendric Grady of Norcross. Boston College and Georgia State have extended offers, with Louisville joining Duke, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and others expressing an interest.
Earlier this week, Louisville became the first school to offer Lovejoy defensive end Chris Henderson. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound prospect participated in the Rising Stars All-Star game last summer.
6-foot-3, 230-pound tight End Robert Tucker, of the B.E.S.T. Academy, is among the group that currently hold a scholarship offer from Louisville. In addition to the Cardinals, Tucker also holds offers from Boston College, Florida Atlantic, N.C. State, Syracuse, Wake Forest and others.
Also expected are 6-foot, 220-pound John's Creek linebacker Kyle McGregor, Ty Patterson, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver from Lithonia.
In all, U of L is expected to host more than 50 high school prospects, from 11 different states, for their Junior Day weekend. Cardinal Authority will have updates throughout the weekend and as the prospects return home.