While the University of Louisville was forced to postpone the original date for its annual Junior Day, the Cardinals coaching staff had little struggle attracting a number of key prospects to town for the rescheduled date on Saturday.
The results from the afternoon visits have been very positive, as a pair - Rodjay Burns of Louisville Trinity and David Reese of Farmington (Mich.) - extended their verbal commitments, while others have moved the Cardinals program near or at the top of their current list of favorites.
Simeon Smiley, 6-foot-1, 200-pound defensive back from Pensacola (Fla.) Catholic, is among the Junior Day group that currently holds a scholarship invitation from Louisville and was experiencing what the program has offer for the first time.
"It was a great experience," he told Cardinal Authority. "It was nice meeting all of the coaches and to see the facilities. It was real nice."
Louisville cornerbacks coach Terrell Buckley, who is serving as the primary recruiter, further strengthened their relationship over the weekend.
"He's a great guy and we have a great relationship," said Smiley. "He has a very good relationship with my parents. We mainly talk about things other than football, like how its a family there and about me developing into a man."
Smiley also holds offers from South Alabama and Southern Miss, while also receiving growing interest from Florida, Florida State and others.
The visit put the Cardinals on top of Smiley's list of favorites and an early decision is possible. He anticipates making visits with Florida, South Alabama and Southern Miss in the coming weeks.
Stay logged on to CardinalAuthority.com for continuing updates on Smiley's recruitment.