U of L football: Recruiting notebook

Cardinal Authority has checked in with a lot of prospects who were in attendance at the University of Louisville's first football camp of the summer on Saturday. Here's a notebook of items that were worthy of mentioning about some prospects who attended camp.


Louisville has been strong in the state of Alabama under coach Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals' had a prospect from there who appears to be on the move as far as interest at camp last Saturday.

Harvest, Ala., Sparkman wide receiver Chazz Garrett was impressive in one-on-one drills and has good size and speed. He also camped at Middle Tennessee State on Sunday and has camps scheduled for Western Kentucky, South Alabama, UT-Chattanooga, Southern Mississippi and Auburn later this summer.

"I think I could have done better but they said I did good," Garrett said. "They said they were interested and my recruiter (Chris Klenakis) wanted to come and see me at school. I like it there."

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound Garrett is waiting on his first offer. He said he hopes to stay in touch with U of L.

"Coach (Lamar) Thomas gave me a lot of great pointers," Garrett said. "I've got to use what I learned to help try and turn somebody's head and try to get on their radar."


With three offers in hand, Sparks, Nev., Reed High School tight end Parker Houston made the trek to U of L for camp and along with '17 prospect Jimmy Jaggers was the top tight ends.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Houston showed the size and speed needed to be a blocking tight end but also ran solid routes and had good hands. He appeared to be the total package for a tight end.

"I enjoyed the camp and learned a lot," Houston said. "I liked it there at Louisville."

Houston has offers from Idaho, San Diego State and Toledo and interest from Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada and UNLV.


Evansville, Ind., North High School offensive lineman Bryce Brown, who was born in Louisville, camped with the Cardinals and was trying to catch the eye of the staff for his first offer.

The 6-foot-1, 270-pound Brown, who was also at U of L's spring game, said he felt like he had a "really good day," at camp.

Brown, who is still looking for his first offer, is getting recruited hardest by Ball State and also has Indiana, Indiana State, Army and several other schools.

"I talked with coach Klenakis a lot during the camp," Brown said. "He told me what I needed to work on. I need to quit leaning into my pass sets, I really need to work on that."


In early April, the U of L staff hosted Zanesville, Ohio, Bishop Rosecrans long snapper Gabe Skrobot and he was back on campus for camp. The 6-3, 230-pound Skrobot worked with the line and also showed his long snapping abilities.

"The camp was great and I love being in The Ville," he said. "I felt like I snapped pretty good and coach said he would be in touch. I might go back to camp again this week because Louisville is definitely my No. 1."

An offensive guard and defensive end in high school, Skrobot said he reached out to Louisville in March and has been chatting with the coaches since then. The Cardinals are looking to add a long snapper in the Class of 2016.

Skrobot said he would camp at U of L in early June. He is ranked No. 5 nationally by Prokicker.com and No. 17 by Kohl's Long Snapping. He is still looking for his first offer.


Trinity linebackers Damon Lowe and Vincent Lococo both attended the U of L camp.

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Lowe already has offers from Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri, while he's getting a lot of interest from other schools, including Louisville and Western Kentucky.

Lowe led Trinity in tackles with 57.5, including 17 tackles for a loss, as a junior.

"They liked me and things went great at camp," Lowe said.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Lococo, who had 49 tackles as a junior, also camped at Toledo on Sunday. He was very impressive in the Louisville one-on-one passing drills against running backs and tight ends.

"I was very happy with the day," Lococo said. "The coaches said they would definitely be by to watch some games this year. Overall, I was very pleased with the atmosphere. You can tell Louisville wants to win the ACC and do it soon."

Lococo has also visited Western Kentucky, Marshall and Miami of Ohio. His lone offer came from Morehead State.


Gainesville, Ga., Riverside Military Academy defensive end Elijah Watson had a big day in front of the Louisville staff, including defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

The 6-foot-4, 270-pound also worked with defensive line coach L.D. Scott.

"Camp was amazing," Watson said, "There was a lot of talent out there. Coach Scott said my moves were good but that I can do better by staying lower. Coach Grantham said I was physical and he liked my work ethic.

"Coach Grantham said I would be seeing a lot of him in the future."

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