The University of Louisville football team is ranked No. 3 nationally and recruiting is on an uptick; here's a notebook of recruiting items

The University of Louisville football team is ranked No. 3 nationally and recruiting is on an uptick with the fast start to the season. Here's a notebook of recruiting items:

Georgia star 'very high' on Louisville

Suwanee, Ga., Peachtree Ridge athlete Connor Heyward didn't get to make the trip to Louisville last week for the Florida State game but has taken notice to what the Cardinals have done in the first three weeks of the season.

And Heyward expects to make an official visit later this season to Louisville.

"I was busy this weekend, but that was a big-time game," Heyward said. "I plan to take my official another day. But I am very high on Louisville."

Heyward said U of L, Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Iowa, Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Maryland and several others are in the mix.

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound three-star athlete is the younger brother of former Ohio State and current Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward. His father, the late Craig "Ironhead" Heyward, played in the National Football League for 11 seasons.

Former Michigan commit checking out Cards

Former Michigan commitment Antwuan Johnson is a linebacker from Dayton, Ohio, Dunbar, who was in attendance when the Cardinals whipped Florida State last week. He said he holds nine offers.

The 6-foot-1, 210-point three-star member of the Class of 2018 does have an offer from the Cardinals.

"I loved the way they played," Johnson said. "I was running late so I wasn't able to talk to the coaches but it was a great game to be at."

Johnson said Louisville and a lot of other schools have picked up the recruitment.

"A lot of people slowed because they didn't think I would back out of my pledge to Michigan," he said. "Michigan is still in my top five."

Cards offer Scout300 offensive lineman

Louisville is the latest school to extend an offer to Cypress, Tx., Ranch High School 2018 offensive lineman Colten Blanton, who is ranked as the No. 167 prospect in the country by

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Blanton has 20 scholarship offers, including Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Baylor, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State and others.

Blanton is the No. 2 ranked offensive tackle in Texas.

Illinois RB commitment checking out the Cards

Illinois running back commitment Mike Epstein of St. Thomas Aquinas in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., was quick to react to the Louisville blowout win over Florida State last week. He did not attend but sent Cardinal Authority a message at the end of the game.

"Wow," wrote Epstein, who made a visit to U of L during the summer.

"They looked on point," Epstein said. "They did so many things that I loved. They use their players in versatile ways."

The 6-foot, 185-pound Epstein said the start to the season will make him give the Cardinals a harder look before he makes a final decision. He could make an official visit to U of L before signing day.

Epstein has 330 yards - 7.2 yards a carry - and three touchdowns in three games this season.

Indiana prospects hoping for more interest

A couple of prospects from the state of Indiana attended the game and are hoping for more interest.

Fishers, Ind., Hamilton Southeast 2018 defensive end Madison Norris has offers from Indiana and Central Michigan and said he "really enjoyed" his trip see the Cardinals' beat the Seminoles.

"They are just starting to recruit me, but that game was excellent," Norris said. "It was an amazing atmosphere."

Indianapolis Decatur Central 2018 athlete Tyrone Tracy attended the game with his brother - 2019 cornerback Larry Tracy - and said the Cardinals have just started to pick up the recruitment.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Tyrone Tracy is a three-star prospect and already holds four offers.

"I love Louisville," Tyrone Tracy said. "They did an amazing job on both sides of the ball."

Indianapolis Warren Central safety Julius Brents ended up missing the game because of an injury he suffered on Friday night. But the 6-foot-1, 175-pound three-star said what he saw on TV "looked absolutely amazing."

"I hope I'm able to get there for a game soon," Brents said. "I don't have an offer from (Louisville) but they have shown a lot of interest. Right now, they would be one of my tops schools."

Tennessee DL makes another visit to U of L

Cordova, Tenn., St. Benedict's 2018 offensive lineman Jerome Carvin made another unofficial visit to Louisville. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Carvin claims an offer from U of L and said the Cardinals are his early favorite.

He was here in the summer and was back for the Florida State game.

"The game was amazing," Carvin said. "Louisville made a statement with that win. The fan base was great, I felt at home. I talked to coach (Chris) Kleankis before the game and he said he was glad I came and looking forward to me being a Cardinal. It was a lot of fun."

Ohio '18 tight end hearing from the Cards

Lima, Ohio, Senior High School junior tight end Keaton Upshaw has been in contact with U of L recruiting coordinator Pete Nochta and tight end coach Matt Lombardi in recent weeks and attended the game last Saturday.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound Upshaw said the recruitment is in its early stages but he "really liked" the Cardinals.

"I enjoyed it a lot there," he said. "I loved the atmosphere. I've been talking to them and they are saying I'm wanted in the Ville and stuff like that. I didn't have a good year last year, but hopefully they come in this year."

Upshaw said he doesn't have any offers at this time. He's also being recruited in basketball.

Young Tennessee QB was watching romp

Louisville's Lamar Jackson put on a show against Florida State and Walker Russell was excited to watch it in person.

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Russell is a sophomore quarterback from Alcoa, Tenn., and said the Cardinals have recently been among the schools that have started to show him some interest.

"It was an awesome experience," Russell said. "They played great and I had a lot of fun."


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