A notebook of items looking at Louisville football recruiting and a few of the Cardinals' prospects

The University of Louisville football team has 21 verbal commitments in the Class of 2016 but the Cardinals have a few more prospects the staff is hoping to add in the Class of 2016. Here's a notebook with updates on a few prospects:

Commit Robbie Bell off to a fast start in Georgia

University of Louisville football commitment Robbie Bell and his Mill Creek, Ga., team is off to a fast start.

The Hawks are 6-0 on the season with the closest game at 28-0, while Bell has anchored an offensive line that is opening holes for an offense that averages 41.3 points and 331.7 yards a game.

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Bell said he had "almost 20 pancakes" in the first four games.

"We have been dominating people," Bell said. "The season is going great and I think I am having an awesome year. I am just staying focused and trying to avoide distractions."

Bell made an unofficial visit to U of L for the Samford game with his mother.

"I loved it," said Bell, who had been to the spring game but was making his first trip for an in-season game.

Illinois 2017 OL checks out Louisville

Barrington, Ill., 2017 offensive guard Nick Bart made a trip to Louisville in the spring and was back to check out the Cardinals in the recent win over Samford at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Bart is also being recruited by Purdue and Bowling Green and said he has been invited to come back to Louisville for a Junior Day during basketball season.

"I thought the game was awesome," Bart said. "The atmosphere is great and the fans are awesome.

"I really enjoyed it and the coached told me they would stay in touch."

Ohio long snapper returns to U of L campus

Zanesville, Ohio, Bishop Rosecrans long snapper Gabe Skrobot made the trip back to Louisville for a third time recently and checked out the Cardinals in the victory over Samford.

The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Skrobot, who also plays on the offensive line, is ranked No. 5 nationally by ProKicker.com and No. 17 by Kohl's Long Snapping. He was at U of L also in the spring and for camp.

"I've been talking to the special teams coach (Tony Grantham) a lot," Skrobot said. "This is my first game of the year but it was awesome. Being on the field before the game and getting to see what game day feels like for the team was pretty cool."

Skrobot has heard from Purdue and Indiana and is expected to take in games at those places this fall.

Trinity linebacker a regular at Louisville

Trinity High School senior outside linebacker Vincent Lococo has been a visitor at several schools this fall already but has made several trips across town to watch Louisville play.

The 5-foot-11, 220-pound Lococo was at the Clemson and Samford games. He was on campus several times during the spring and summer.

"I loved everything about the game," he said after the Samford victory. "The atmosphere was out of this world. For me, there really isn't anything like game day at Louisville."

Lococo has also been to a game at Morehead State - a school that has offered him - and Indiana. The Hoosiers recently started getting in contact. He's also hearing from Marshall, Indiana State and Western Kentucky.

As a senior, Lococo is third on the team with 13.5 tackles this season for the Shamrocks.

Another Trinity LB likes Louisville

Trinity's middle linebacker - senior Damon Lowe - has also been to Louisville several times and "loves" the Cardinals.

"The defense there could be one of the best when everybody is clicking," Lowe said. "I have been there a few times and love the atmosphere. It's a lot of fun to go to those games."

Lowe has also been to Lexington and watched Kentucky against Florida, while he said he's also still hearing from Indiana State and Western Kentucky at this point.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Lowe has become one of the state's top defensive players. He has 23.5 tackles this season, including 11 tackles for a loss and two sacks, for the Shamrocks (6-1).

Nashville athlete enjoys Louisville attention

Nashville, Tenn., Overton athlete Elijah Pankey spent time at Louisville in the spring and was back for the Samford game, noting he is hoping the Cardinals extend him an offer.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Pankey plays wide receiver and free saftey in high school and has clocked a 4.5 40-yard dash.

"I had a great time meeting with the coaches," Pankey said. "Coach (Greg) Brown, coach (Terrell) Buckley, coach K (Chris Klenakis) and coach (Dave) Boller. I like the coaches and I plan on coming back soon."

Pankey is also hearing from Purdue, Vanderbilt, Chattanooga and several others.

Manual WR on the Louisville radar

Louisville has four commitments from the city of Louisville in the Class of 2016 and the Cardinals' staff is already checking out some of the top 2017 targets in the area, including Manual's Jaelin Carter.

The 6-foot-2, 202-pound Carter made headlines when he hauled in a one-handed catch against Central earlier in the season, a highlight that was picked up nationally by sports shows.

Carter, who has 18 catches for 304 yards and three touchdowns, said he's hearing from Louisville, Kentucky, Purdue and Western Kentucky. He has been to all three U of L home games.

"I feel welcomed and at home," Carter said. "The coaches have told me they'll be keeping an eye on me." 

Collins long snapper set to walk on

Shelbyville, Ky., Collins High School announced this week that he plans on taking a spot as a preferred walk-on next season at U of L.

The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Goss said offensive line coach Chris Klenakis offered him the spot and he accepted and noted that both of his parents have graduated from U of L.

Goss will join his former teammate - kicker Blanton Creque - as a walk on at U of L. Creque is a freshman currently on the team. U of L's long snapper this season is junior Colin Holba.


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