With nearly a full recruiting class for 2017, the Louisville coaching staff is in the process of locating its top prospects in the class of 2018.
Five from the Scout300 rankings for the class of 2018 spent Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium for Louisville's bout against Florida State. Checking in at No. 109 nationally and making the trek south from Dayton, Oh., was wide receiver Joseph Scates.
The highly-rated prospect toured the program's facilities and soaked up the atmosphere, which included ESPN's College GameDay program and a record crowd that roared throughout Louisville's 63-20 thumping of then No.2-ranked Florida State.
"I enjoyed myself and also enjoyed the beating [Louisville] put on Florida State," Scates said, adding that the game environment left a strong impression. "That's the thing that stood out to me the most. I loved it. I can't wait to get back up for another game."
Scates, a four-star prospect, is the top-rated receiver in the Midwest Region and is No. 18 nationally.
"Everything's good so far," he said. "I'm getting off to a pretty good start, but most importantly, us as a team is getting off to a good start."
Cincinnati, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, Toledo and Vanderbilt have extended early scholarship offers, while Louisville and a host of others are expressing heavy interest.
"I love everything about this whole recruiting process."