Several local 2017 prospects checked out the Louisville spring game; see what the local players had to say about the Cardinals

The University of Louisville is recruiting several 2017 prospects from around the Louisville area. Several of those prospects attended the spring football game at U of L last weekend, see what they had to say.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has said he wants to put a fence around the area, keeping all of the top prospects in the Louisville area at home playing for the Cardinals.

U of L signed three of the top prospects in the city of Louisville in the Class of 2016 and the Cardinals are recruiting several elite prospects in the Class of 2017. A few of those prospects attended the spring game last weekend.

Here's what those local prospects said about the spring game:

Jaelin Carter: A wide receiver from Manual High School, Carter has been to visit U of L several times since the start of last season. He was at Junior Day and said he "really enjoyed" his trip back across the street for the spring game.

"It was great, especially getting to see Lamar (Jackson) throw accurate balls all over the place," Carter said. "Of course I love the offense because Louisville has a quarterback that can actually pass the ball. The coaches are telling me for the most to just come to a camp so I can show them my speed and route running and hopefully the offer will come right after that."

Carter had 34 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns as a junior.

Robbie Lewis: A linebacker from Trinity High School, Lewis is starting to get some interest on the recruiting trail. He played behind two senior All-State linebackers last season and still in six games had 20 tackles, two pass breakups and a fumble recovery. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Lewis will be one of the defensive standouts this season for the Shamrocks.

"I love the atmosphere the fans are great and the staff makes you feel at home I'm comfortable," Lewis said. "It's always been a dream of mine to be apart of the team at U of L and I hope it's starting to come true."

Lewis has also heard from Eastern Kentucky and last week attended Kentucky Wesleyan's Junior Day.

Brian Smith: The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Smith was one of the weapons in the stable of athletes on Male High School's Class 6-A state championship team last season, In eight games, Smith had eight catches for 81 yards.

"I'm liking the receiving core a lot (at Louisville)," Smith said, "I've been talking to (recruiting director) Dave Boller and he's just been saying to keep in touch with him and make sure I tell him when our spring game and all our big games are so they can come out and watch me play. He also invited me to attend one of Louisville's camps so I'm looking forward to getting some major looks out of that."

Roderick Thomas: the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Thomas is a senior at Trinity High School and is expected to be one of the Shamrocks main offensive weapons this coming season. He rushed 37 times for 220 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.

"I really enjoyed the spring game and I love the Card fan base," Thomas said. "I love how the players play the game with a passion and chip on their shoulders. I haven't got to speak with coach (Kolby) Smith yet but some of the other assistant coaches have been telling me things like I need to come to the camp in the summer to showcase my skills in front of the coaches.

"Also they've said I need to build a relationship with the coaches starting now so the coaches will know who I am coming into camp. Coach Boller said there will be coaches at our upcoming spring practice to watch us. I just love how active the coaches are with the recruits and how they make you feel at home. The environment is great."

Alex Simpson: A top offensive line prospect statewide in '17, the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Simpson plays at Lafayette. He helped the Generals to a runner-up spot in the Class 6-A playoffs.

"The atmosphere was fun and it was a fun game to watch," Simpson said. "The coaches want me to come back down in the summer for some camps to talk and get to know each other and see how I do."


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