A few recruiting notebook items from the Louisville football program

Here are a few notebook items from the University of Louisville football program on recruiting. A few new offers and one potential huge visit from a junior-college All-American.

JUCO All-American to visit?

Junior-college All-American running back Justin Crawford, who was once committed to the University of Louisville, is back on the top of the target list for the Cardinals and is likely going to visit campus in the next month.

"Working on it," Crawford said when asked if he had a date for a visit.

The 6-foot, 195-pound Crawford, who is originally from Columbus, Ga., leads all of junior college ranks in all-purpose yards (1,623) and is second in the nation in rushing yards (1,285) in his sophomore season at Northwest Mississippi Community College.

Crawford said he has been in contact with the current U of L staff for several months.

As a freshman at NW Mississippi, Crawford had 1,551 yards rushing (fourth in the NJCAA) and 14 touchdowns. His 172.3 yards-per-game set a new single-season school record while his 219 all-purpose yards-per-game were the second-most in single-season school history.

Crawford was rated as the No. 42 running back in the country out of Hardaway High School. He originally committed to Louisville on Oct. 28, 2013, and was also recruited by Boston College, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Texas, UCLA and Tennessee among others.

Charlie Strong was the head coach when Crawford committed and he backed off his commitment shortly after Strong left for Texas. He was heavily recruited out of high school after re-opening the process but eventually went the junior-college route.

Cards offer huge JUCO end

Arizona Western defensive end Jonathan Kongbo has landed an offer from the Cardinals.

The 6-foot-6, 265-pound Kongbo is originally from the Congo but was raised in Canada and signed with Wyoming out of high school. He redshirted there last season before leaving and playing this fall at Arizona Western.

Kongbo has 30 tackles, including seven sacks, in six games this season. An All-State player in track, basketball and hockey in high school, Kongbo only played six high school football games.

He also has offers from Ole Miss, Alabama, Tennessee, Nebraska, South Florida, Arizona and Auburn among others.

Other new offers

  • The Cardinals extended an offer to 2017 quarterback/athlete Malik Cunningham of Montgomery, Ala., Park Crossing. He also has offers from Georgia, Troy and Tulane.

  • One of Cunningham's teammates - Marcus "Tank" Jenkins - at Park Crossing also has a new U of L offer. Jenkins is a 6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive lineman from the Class of 2018. He's one of the top linemen prospects in '18.

  • Dallas South Oak Cliff linebacker Hal Vinson reports an offer from Louisville. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Vinson also has an offer from Colorado State and is considered the No. 77 linebacker in the country by Scout.com.


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