U of L football: Recruiting notebook

The University of Louisville already has 17 verbal commitments in the Class of 2016. Here are a few notes about the class, potential additions and an update on two in-state stars and when they square off.

With less than two weeks until the start of the new season, the University of Louisville football staff has almost completed recruiting for the Class of 2016. The Cardinals currently have 17 verbal commitments.

Of the 217 commitments, Columbia, Tenn., quarterback Tylin Oden is considered a "soft" verbal. U of L is expected to only take 18 or 19 commitments for the '16 class.

"I'm excited about what we have done as a staff in recruiting," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said last week. "We've put in a lot of hard work. We were behind last year but our staff has done a great job."

The Cardinals continues to work over the weekend, hosting seven prospects from Alabama and Florida.

Among the top prospects on campus were Montgomery, Ala., Carver star Lyndell Wilson, who is ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the country by Scout.com. Wilson is ranked as the No. 38 prospect overall.

In regards to the visit, Wilson said he "really loved it."

Carver wide receiver Xavier Lane and Park Crossing High School safety Jeawon Taylor were also among the visitors.

Two of the top players in Kentucky - and both U of L commitments - will play on Sept. 15 at Male.

The Bulldogs and wide receiver commitment Keion Wakefield will host Trinity and wide receiver/safety commitment Rodjay Burns.

Burns is ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the state by Scout.com, while Wakefield is No. 2.

Florence, Ala., linebacker Erroll Thompson will make his college decision on Friday.

Thompson, a teammate of U of L freshman Dee Smith, is a three-star prospect. The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Thompson is tabbed as the No. 14 inside linebacker in the country.

Thompson will pick from his list that includes: Louisville, Alabama, Mississippi State, Michigan and Kentucky.


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