The Louisville Cardinals staff will have a small but talented group of recruits on campus for Thursday night's season opener against Charlotte.
The Cardinals' staff will mainly have some in-state players and several from the state of Indiana because of the Thursday night game. Several players who are attending said they will leave at halftime because of a Friday night game at their school.
But it's still an impressive group.
Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the recruits expected at the game and chatted with many of them.
Jairus Brents, CB/WR, Waggener (2018)
One of the top 200 '18 players in the country, Brents has four offers - including Louisville - and in two games already has four catches for 167 yards and three touchdowns and 21 tackles.
Tajh Rice, DE, Waggener (2018)
The 4-star DT is also considered one of the top 200 targets nationally in the '18 class and holds a Louisville offer.
Charles Allen, OL, Doss (2018)
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Allen has a pair of offers and was another Doss player who performed well at U of L's camp. Allen has started strong and is one of the state's elite linemen in any class.
Shawnkel Knight-Goff, LB, Doss (2019)
Knight-Goff was super impressive in camp at Louisville over the summer, earning a scholarship offer from the staff. He's considered one of the top 2019 targets in the state of Kentucky and has 10 tackles and a touchdown in two games for the Dragons.
Quote: "Yes, sir I will be there at the game. I can't wait. Game ready."
Terez Traynor, Athlete, Doss (2018)
Traynor has a couple of offers, including Cincinnati, and was a solid performer at Louisville's camp. He's on the Cardinals' radar. Traynor has rushed for 217 yards and four touchdowns in two games and has completed 11 of 21 passes for 139 yards and one TD.
Quote: "I will be there and I am so looking forward to it."
Stephen Herron, DE, Trinity (2019)
One of the elite '19 prospects in the Midwest, Herron was recently offered by Ohio State. Louisville was his first offer and it came after an impressive showing at a one-day camp. In two games at Trinity, Herron leads the team with 10.5 tackles, including five tackles for a loss.
Quote: "I will be in attendance but can't stay the whole time. We have a game against Lafayette on Friday, so I need my rest."
Rondale Moore, WR, Trinity (2018)
Moore hasn't played at Trinity so far this season and is waiting on an eligibility ruling; but he's a fast and shifty-type of receiver. Holds an offer from Louisville and will be a top '18 target.
Jaelin Carter, WR, Manual (2017)
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Carter made a name for himself last season with a ridiculous one-handed catch for a touchdown. He camped several places during the summer and was impressive. Carter has three offers and is hoping for a U of L offer. He has five catches for 124 yards and one touchdown in two games this season for the Crimsons.
Manny Harper, WR, Waggener (2018)
Harper is only 5-foot-10 but he has big-time speed and great hands. Will be one of the top '18 wide receivers in the Bluegrass State. In two games, Harper has run for 37 yards, caught four passes for 70 yards and one TD and has six tackles and one interception.
Quote: "I'm excited that I'm going to be there."
D.J. Washington, OL, Ballard (2017)
The Western Kentucky commitment is one of the top linemen in the '17 class across the Commonwealth. He has all the tools to be a big-time player but is still raw. Was list as the 'sleeper' in the state by Scout.com.
Jakson Wine, K, North Oldham (2017)
Son of former U of L basketball player Robby Wine was a standout at several camps over the summer, including Louisville and Illinois. He has kicked one field goal in two games for the Mustangs.
Quote: "I am really looking forward to it. I am looking forward to seeing lots of points put up on the board; and of course seeing how the special teams perform."
Aidan Robbins, RB, Manual (2019)
A 6-foot-3, 200-pound sophomore athlete, Robbins has run 15 times for 45 yards in two games this season. He attended Louisville's camp and is starting to get some serious interest from Division I schools.
Tyler Hughes, DL, Nelson County (2018)
The 6-foot, 330-pound Hughes is a strong middle of the defensive line-type of player. He's a little under the radar but the staff has invited him to the games to get to know him a little better.
Milton Wright, WR, Christian Academy (2019)
The 6-foot, 160-pound Wright is a big-time athlete from the '19 class. He has eight catches for 79 yards and a touchdown, three carries for 40 yards, an interception he returned 80 yards and a TD and 15 tackles in two games for the Centurions.
Austin Carr, QB, Christian Academy (2019)
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound signal-caller started all of last season and camped at Louisville and several places over the summer. Carr has completed 24 of 50 passes for 220 yards and one TD in two game as a sophomore.
Jordan Barnett, RB, Jeffersonville, Ind. (2017)
The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Barnett has started his senior season with a bang. Barnett carried 17 times for 139 yards last week in a win over Seymour, including a 55-yard TD run.
Dayna Overton, DE, Jeffersonville, Ind. (2017)
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Overton is a Southern Indiana standout on the defensive side of the ball at the end position. He plays offensive line in high school and is hoping for a Louisville offer at some point.
Greg Bethel, RB, Moore High School
Bethel camped at U of L several times and was a visitor a lot last season; the Cardinals showed some interest but now he's left Butler and is at Moore High School. Not sure he's played yet this season.
Larry Harper, QB, Waggener
The starting QB at Waggener is in his second season with the Wildcats. He started last season at Trinity before a transfer and now has completed 20 of 33 passes for 346 yards and five TDs this season in two games.
Javon Fenwick, DT, Atherton
The 6-foot-1, 350-pound Fenwick is a run stopper in the middle of the Rebels' line.
Isaac Martin, LB, Trinity
Was solid at U of L's camp over the summer and brother of freshman walk-on lineman Max Martin; Isaac Martin is second on the team in tackles for Trinity at 10 after two games.
Jovan Smith, RB, Trinity
In two games has 127 yards rushing for the Shamrocks this season and is also a solid performer catching the ball out of the backfield.
Jovel Smith, DB/WR, Trinity
Has played some wide receiver but looks comfortable in two games at defensive back; he has nine tackles and a pass breakup.
Kadin Smith, RB, Spencer County
In two games, Smith has rushed 14 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns, had 10 tackles and returned a fumble 52 yards for another score.
Brian Smith, WR/CB, Male
Smith is another kid who camped at Louisville over the summer and is hoping to impress the staff this season.
Malik Grady, RB, Rock Creek, Ind. (2020)
Grady is a youngster who is getting key varsity experience with the Lions this season.
Terrence Browning, QB, Rock Creek, Ind. (2018)
Browning is playing his seasons season as the Lions quarterback and has improved a ton; he's athletic and has a solid arm.
Devin Hughes, Ath, Rock Creek, Ind.
Hughes plays both wide receiver and defensive back for the Lions and is a senior.
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