U of L football: Recruiting notebook

Here are a few nuggets from the University of Louisville football program on the recruiting scene, including a couple of new scholarship offers out.

Louisville IN THE MIX FOR Alabama SAFETY

After making a name for himself in his first season at a school in the first year of existence, Montgomery, Ala., Park Crossing safety Jaewon Taylor is seeing his recruitment pick up in recent weeks.

On Tuesday, the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Taylor landed an offer from Louisville.

Taylor, who plans on making a visit to U of L early next month, has also picked up offers from Auburn, Mississippi State, Missouri, Kentucky, Arkansas State and South Alabama.

As a junior, Taylor was a Class 6A-7A Montgomery Advertiser All-Metro selection and was also Class 6-A All-State honorable mention after 91 tackles.

Taylor also had four interceptions and two sacks.


Louisville has two of the state's top prospects - Trinity's Rodjay Burns and Manual's Derek Dorsey - already committed for the Class of 2016.

Head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff are searching for more in-state prospects. And one of the better ones - Caldwell County safety Dee Cain - made a visit to U of L's Junior Day.

"I loved the coaching staff," Caldwell told Scout.com's Brian Eldridge. "Their staff was very friendly. But then we could get down to business super quick."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Cain already has offers from Cincinnati, Georgia State and Murray State and hopes he could land one from the Cardinals soon.


Louisville became the first offer for Montgomery, Ala., St. James School middle linebacker Sterling Jones, a Class of 2017 prospect.

Jones started the final four games as a freshman and every game as a sophomore and is considered one of the top '17 defensive prospects in Alabama.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Jones is also hearing from Clemson, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Florida State.

He averaged 10 tackles a game as a sophomore.


On Tuesday, U of L became the 11th school to offer three-star cornerback J.J. Givens of Mechanicsville, Va., a scholarship.

The 6-foot-2, 165-pound Givens also has offers from Maryland, Arizona State, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina State, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Indiana, Wake Forest and James Madison. He has interest from a bunch of others, including Notre Dame.

Givens played both corner and safety as a junior but has said the college coaches are looking at him as a cornerback.

Givens recorded 32 solo tackles, picked off four passes and broke up 11 more in 2014.

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