A few recruiting notes from the University of Louisville football program

Here's a University of Louisville football recruiting notebook, including a couple of new prospects, an update on the quest for a running back and a current commitment bringing some friends to the game on Saturday.


Louisville commitment Robbie Bell will make a visit on Saturday for the game against Boston College and on his return trip to Papa John's Cardinal Stadium he'll bring a few friends along.

Hoschton, Ga., Mill Creek High School is 7-0 on the season and one of the top teams in the Peach State. The team is loaded with talent, including several top 2017 prospects.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Bell confirmed he will make the trip along with Sidney Otiwu, Tyler Fannin, Joe Thomas, and Jonathan Gipson.

Otiwu is a 6-foot, 205-pound outside linebacker in the Class of 2016 with offers from Army, Buffalo and Coastal Carolina among others, while Fannin is a 6-foot-2, 285-pound offensive lineman from the '17 class with a lot of big-time interest. Fannin already has offers from Marshall and Kansas State and is hearing from Tennessee and Georgia among others.

Thomas is a 5-10, 180-pound running back and '17 prospect, while Gipson is a 2018 cornerback.


U of L is searching for a running back and three big-time prospects have emerged as top targets.

The Cardinals have been in contact with Clinton, Miss., back Cam Akers, who is an Alabama commitment offered on Sunday night by the Cardinals, along with South Carolina commitment C.J. Freeman and Junior-College star Justin Crawford.

The 5-foot-10, 210-pound Akers is teammates with U of L commitment Lamarques Thomas and is the No. 1 ranked running back in Mississippi and fourth-best in the South Region. He plays quarterback at Clinton High and has over 1,800 yards passing, 895 yards rushing and 37 total touchdowns in seven games this season.

Freeman, who committed to South Carolina long before Steve Spurrier retired last week, said he's likely to make a visit to U of L in the coming weeks. He attends Northern Guilford in Greensboro, N.C., and is ranked as the No. 84 running back in the country. The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Freeman had 2,000 yards rushing and 28 TDs as a junior and has 799 yards rushing and nine TDs in the first six games this season.

Crawford, who is originally from Columbus, Ga., and was committed to Louisville with the previous staff, is now an All-American at Northwest Mississippi Junior College. He had 1,551 yards and 14 TDs as a freshman last season and already has 1,206 yards and 11 TDs in eight games this season. He also has 320 yards receiving and five TDs this season.


U of L has offered Carrollton, Ga., 2017 cornerback LaDamion Hunt, who was here in July for camp. The 6-foot, 185-pound Hunt also has an offer from Kentucky and is getting interest from several other schools.

Hunt is teammates with current U of L commitment Michael Boykin. As a junior, Hunt has 19 tackles and two interceptions.

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