Jody Demling

Louisville set to host 15 visitors at opener

The University of Louisville football team will be hosting a group of 15 visitors on Saturday for the home opener against Houston. The game will kickoff at noon and among the visitors will be eight Class of 2017 prospects and four '16 commitments.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and his staff will host a solid group of prospects on Saturday for the home opener against Houston in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The U of L staff will host at least 15 prospects, including four Class of 2016 commitments and eight Class of 2017 prospects.

DeSales punter Austin Johnson, Manual defensive lineman Derek Dorsey, Trinity wide receiver/safety Rodjay Burns and Male wide receiver Keion Wakefield are the four players committed expected at the game.

Trinity '16 linebacker Damon Lowe, who leads the Shamrocks with 25 tackles, including 11 tackles for a loss this season, is also expected at the game along with Collins long snapper Kyle Goss and South Warren High defensive end Jacob Wilde.

The group of 2017 targets includes several top players from the state.

South Warren wide receiver/cornerback C.J. Hayes is considered one of the elite '17 players in Kentucky, while Trinity twins Jovan and Jovel Smith are also expected at the game. Jovan Smith is a running back with 176 yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries this season.

Manual defensive lineman Sean Cleasant has a Vanderbilt offer and is getting a lot of interest from the Cardinals, while Gage Tucker is a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman from Scott High. Manual wide reciever Jaelin Carter, who made headlines with a one-handed TD catch in the opener for the Crimsons, is also attending the game.

The list could grow before the visitors show up for the game.

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