A notebook of items related to the University of Louisville football program and recruiting efforts in the Class of 2017, '18 and '19

Here's a notebook of items related to the University of Louisville football program and recruiting efforts in the Class of 2017, '18 and '19. The Cardinals have had a bunch of visitors in town recently and some offers have been issued recently.

Young QB checks out Louisville

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee are known for the development of quarterbacks. And the two U of L offensive gurus also don’t hide the fact they like to bring in as many top quarterbacks as possible.

Especially, young quarterbacks with potential like Gaven Williams.

Williams is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound quarterback from Saint Simons Island, Ga., Frederica Academy with a ton of potential after starting last season as a freshman. He’s a member of the Class of 2019 and attended the U of L Junior Day last weekend.

“It was definitely worth driving 10 and a half hours,” Williams said of the trip to Louisville. It was such a great experience for me and for my family. "The coaching staff told me they will keep an eye on me and just keep grinding and stay positive.”

Williams, who is being recruited by new U of L wide receivers coach Nick Petrino, was recently a standout at the Valdosta, Ga., MVP Camp.

The Scout.com report said the ’19 prospect “threw the best ball of any quarterback at the camp, and showed that he could make all of the throws. He has good arm strength but also showed he can throw with touch when it was needed.”

As a freshman, Williams completed 68 of 131 passes for 1,144 yards and 11 touchdowns with only six interceptions. He threw for 195 yards and two TDs and had a QB rating of 120.3 in a win over Trinity Christian. Frederica Academy is a relatively new school that went 7-4 last season.

Illinois safety takes in Junior Day

Bloomington, Ill., Central Catholic free safety JP Sikora wasn’t one of the high-profile names at Louisville's Junior Day last weekend.

But the hard-hitting 6-foot-1, 185-pound Sikora is a prospect to keep a close eye on.

Sikora is coming off an impressive junior campaign for Central Catholic. He finished with 61 tackles, including 49 solos, three interceptions and 13 pass deflections.

While playing offense as a sophomore, Sikora averaged 19.8 a catch as a receiver and as a junior averaged 21 yards on kickoff returns.

The college interest is just starting but Sikora said he “really enjoyed” Louisville.

“Junior Day was great,” he said. “I really loved all of their facilities and the campus.”

Sicker said the U of L coaches told him to “keep working hard” and they hoped he would come back to camp, noting “a lot of guys they signed last year camped there.”

Tennessee athlete on U of L's radar

Mount Juliet, Tenn., High School athlete Jalan Sowell is still an under-the-radar prospect in the Class of 2018. But the Louisville staff knows about the speedster. U of L has been in touch with Sowell for a few weeks.

The 5-foot-9, 160 pound Sowell was at U of L’s Junior Day last week and is also hearing from Memphis, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

“My Junior Day was great,” Sowell said. “I loved Louisville. I really liked it all.

“I loved the coaches and was very impressed with the facilities at the school.”

Sowell said he “can’t wait” to get back on campus and notes he’ll likely come back to the U of L spring game and then again for a camp during summer time.

“The coaches told me to keep working hard and they would be watching,” he said.

Illinois brothers looking at Cards

The Louisville staff had about 50 prospects in attendance two weeks ago at Junior Day, including a set of brothers from the state of Illinois.

Henry and Michael Marchese are both wide receivers from Lincolnshire, Ill., Stevenson High School and played for a 7-4 team last season.

The brothers are similar in size with Henry checking in at 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds.

“It was great,” he said. “It was nice to finally get to meet the coaches face-to-face instead of the calls and messages. It was our first visit to Louisville, so hopefully we’ll be back.”

Henry Marchese said the U of L coaches told him to come back to camp and “then they’ll make a decision on a scholarship.”

Henry Marchese has 1,118 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns in two seasons. As a junior, he caught 59 passes for 981 yards - 16.6 yards per catch - and nine touchdowns.

Recent offers

Here are a few players who recently landed offers from Louisville:

  • Jefferson, Ga., High School four-star offensive tackle Caleb Chandler landed an offer on Thursday from the Cardinals. The 6-foot-5, 302-pound Chandler said the offer from the Cardinals was his 11th offer.
  • Grenada, Miss., four-star safety C.J. Avery landed an offer this afternoon from thje Cardinals. The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Avery is ranked as the No. 12 safety in the country and the No. 166 player overall in the Scout300.
  • Stanford safety commitment Stuart Head landed an offer from the Cardinals. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Head committed to Stanford on Christmas Eve and is from Woodstock, Ga., Etowah High School.
  • Plant City, Fla., High School wide receiver Antoine Thompson also landed an offer from the Cardinals on Thursday. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Thompson also has offers from Wisconsin and Mississippi State.
  • Cincinnati Colerain's Amir Riep - the No. 1 cornerback in the state of Ohio - now holds an offer from the Cardinals. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Riep also has offers from Michigan, Nebraska, Arizona and California.
  • The Cardinals offered a pair of safeties from Nashville - Ensworth star Rodney Owens and Overton Comp. standout Theo Jackson. Owens also has offers from Memphis, Vanderbilt, Mercer and Miami, Ohio, while Jackson has offers from Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Arkansas State, Middle Tennessee and Utah State.
  • Cordova, Tenn., defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna, who committed to Kentucky last week, has landed offers from U of L and Cincinnati. The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Bohanna also has offers from Southern Miss and Memphis.
  • Dodge City, Kan., inside linebacker Gary Johnson added an offer from U of L. As a freshman last season, Johnson led the Conquistadors with 133 tackles while finishing second in sacks (8) and third in tackles-for-loss (13.5). He also forced four fumbles, recovered three fumbles and had a team-leading four interceptions. He also has offers from Alabama, Akron, Baylor, Iowa State and others.
  • Louisville continues to try and get in with the top players from Louisiana. The Cardinals latest offer was to New Orleans Brother Martin cornerback Tre Swilling. He is the No. 197 player nationally in the Scout300 and the No. 18 corner in the country.
  • Madison, Ala., James Clemens safety Kyriq McDonald landed an offer from the Cardinals. He's a 5-11, 190-pound safety who has been timed in a 4.42 40-yard dash.

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