In the recruiting game, one measures success by commitments and eventually which recruits sign with the school.
If that's an indicator, Louisville's Friday night camp, 'Light up the 'Ville' was proving to be a success before the players begin running drills on the turf inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium as a pair of visitors - Florida safeties Anthony Johnson and Lyn Strange - committed to the U of L staff before the camp began, with another potentially popping for the Cardinals immediately afterward.
In addition to the commitment news, those attending the event helped create one of more talented U of L camps ever held. On a perfect summer evening in the Derby City, athletes worked with members of the Louisville coaching staff at varying areas on the stadium field. Cardinals head coach Bobby Petrino roamed the field, spending time watching and coaching at the different stations.
A handful of Louisville commitments participated. In-state offensive lineman Cole Bentley of Belfry, linebacker Tadarrius Patterson of Birmingham (Ala.) Carver and Cincinnati (Oh.) La Salle safety TreSean Smith all had solid outings.
It was also a night that featured a number of impressive performances that helped the Cardinals staff further evaluate their ability.
There were a number of defensive standouts. Among them, was four-star athlete Russ Yeast, who worked with the defensive backs throughout the evening and looked the part of a future FBS cornerback. Also, Charleston (W.V.) Capital linebacker Dorian Etheridge, a three-star prospect, was a top performer throughout the camp.
It was also a strong night for the offensive prospects attending the camp, including a trio of linemen.
At 6-foot-8, 320-pounds, Point Pleasant, W.V., offensive lineman Seth Stewart is an imposing figure that kept the attention of line coach Chris Klenakis and Petrino. Also, 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive guard Howard Watkins of Cincinnati (Oh.) Colerain and 6-foot-7, 270-pound Patrick Nuss of Birmingham (Ala.) Vestavia Hills were notable. Stewart, currently a Marshall commit, and Watkins both hold Louisville offers.
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