Petrino visits with top WR commitment
The University of Louisville football staff recently lost a commitment from top wide receiver commitment Dez Fitzpatrick.
The Cardinals are still in the mix with Fitzpatrick and will try to get him to sign in February, but head coach Bobby Petrino also took a step in making sure the staff didn’t lose another top receiver this week.
Petrino went on the road recruiting and made the trek all the way to California to check in on Rohnert Park, Calif., Rancho Cotate star Chris Taylor-Yamanoha. Petrino made the visit on Tuesday night and the prospect was impressed.
“It was pretty exciting,” Taylor-Yamanoha said. “I means a lot to me that he came all this way. It was awesome just to get to sit down and talk with him about me and my future. I loved it.”
Taylor-Yamanoha confirmed he’ll make his official visit next weekend at U of L. He is still being recruited by several other schools but said “right now, I don’t know” if he’ll make any other visits.
Taylor-Yamanoha finished his season with 82 catches for 1,417 yards and 26 touchdowns on offense and seven interceptions on defense. For his career, Taylor-Yamanoha had 199 catches for 3,076 yards and 55 TDs on offense and 19 interceptions on defense.
“They said they like my abilities on offense or defense,” he said. “I’ve played more offense but I just want to play.”
Dawkins doesn't visit UK, makes Super 25
Franklin Heights, Ohio, wide receiver Seth Dawkins was reportedly going to make an official visit to Kentucky last weekend for the game against the Cardinals. But the current U of L commitment didn't make the trip.
Dawkins is firmly committed to the Cardinals.
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Dawkins had a sensational season and made the area Super 25 first-team, along with being named first-team All-State in Ohio by two different outlets.
Dawkins finished the season with 66 catches for 944 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for three touchdowns, returned two kicks and one punt for a touchdown.
He was named District II Offensive Player of the Year.
Boykin injured, but has solid season
Carrollton, Ga., High School defensive end Michael Boykin had some injury problems this season. Boykin, who committed to the Cardinals over Clemson in July, only played in seven games because of the injuries.
But the 6-foot-7, 265-pound Boykin still had impressive numbers.
Boykin, who had 13 tackles in a second-ending 14-10 loss to Jonesboro in the second round of the 4-A playoffs, finished the season with 34 tackles in seven games. He had 18 tackles for a loss and seven sacks.
As far as the future, Boykin said he's still "big time" committed to U of L.
Ohio RB looking for an offer
Grove City, Ohio, running back Xavier Moore has been to the Louisville campus several times.
Moore was at camp this past summer and returned for a recent game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, noting “I hope to hear more from them because I love it down there.”
Moore is familiar with the Cardinals and coach Bobby Petrino because his uncle, Antoine Harris, played for U of L. He said he started emailing with Petrino last winter and said he believes “I can fit into his offense.”