On Friday evening dozens of athletes representing more than a dozen states will arrive in Louisville for the program's annual camp under the lights at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Dubbed, 'Light up the 'Ville,' U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff will work with a large group of top-level prospects for a few hours, giving them time to not only teach, but evaluate recruits as they work multiple drills and experience countless learning moments.
A large chunk of those athletes will be coming from throughout Florida. Louisville has leaned on the state of Florida to help fill its roster for decades. While some coaching staffs have adding more emphasis to recruiting the Sunshine State than others, it has always been a popular stop for the program. The trend shows no sign of slowing down either. In 2016, 19 players from Florida are on the Cardinals roster and the program's first two commitments for the 2018 class have come from the state.
At Louisville's camp on Friday, the state of Florida will have the highest representation with approximately 20 athletes expected to attend. Here's a look at a few of those making the trip from the Sunshine State to Light up the 'Ville.
Three-star offensive lineman Cordavien Suggs (Neptune Beach) is a monster of a prospect. The 6-foot-7, 270-pound tackle currently holds multiple ACC and SEC offers, including Louisville, Mississippi State, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia Tech.
Makel Young (Tallahassee) is a three-star running back with scholarship offers from Louisville and South Florida.
Rated among the top 100 wide receivers in the south, Alec Sinkfield is among a few from American Heritage in Delray Beach making the trip. A three-star prospect, Sinkfield is currently committed to former rival Big East West Virginia.
Also from American Heritage is three-star defensive end Noah Curtis. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound prospect is rated among the top 100 at his position and includes Arkansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and West Virginia among his offers.
Currently rated as Florida's No. 9 safety prospect, Ahman Ross (Jacksonville) holds a Louisville offer, along with Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami, West Virginia and others.
A three-star safety, Brian Edwards (Ft. Lauderdale) is currently rated as the No. 19 safety target in the Sunshine State, with offers from Louisville. Clemson, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, Syracuse and others.
Another highly-sought after safety that will be participating on Friday night is Lyn Strange (Tallahassee). The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect has collected offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa State, Indiana, Miami, North Carolina, Syracuse and others.
Among the top 200 wide receivers nationally, Demetri Burch (Apopka) is a three-star prospect that holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Marshall, Syracuse, West Virginia and others.
Three-star defensive end Kayode Oladele (Miami) is a member of the 2018 class and already holds scholarship offers from Bowling Green, Syracuse and Temple.