Louisville football continues to bolster it's group of invited walk-ons that will join the Cardinals roster this summer. Among the talented group, which includes players from multiple states, is Aurora, Ill., Metea Valley athlete Maurice Barkley.
He spent the past weekend in the Derby City, taking in Louisville's annual Red-White Spring Game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Joining the large group of recruits, Barkley toured the program's facilities, visited with coaches and watched much of the game from the sidelines.
"It's feels so much like a family and reminds me of the area in Chicago where I'm from," he said. "It seems like the perfect place for me to continue playing and my education."
The 6-foot, 200-pound Barkley starred on both sides of the ball as a senior, garnering All-State and All-Area honors. He rushed for 1,000-yards and six touchdowns this past season and was a key member of Metea Valley's defensive backfield.
For now, his future position at U of L is still to be determined.
"They haven't decided where they'll put me yet," he said. "They want to see how I work and where the needs are before making that decision. I'm just excited to be a part of it."
The future Cardinal anticipates returning to Louisville in May prior to the start of fall camp.