A recruiting notebook of items surrounding the University of Louisville football program

A notebook of items surrounding the University of Louisville football program, including a recap of a few unofficial visits to campus on Friday night for the game against Duke.

Cole Bentley in two All-Star games

Belfry High School senior Cole Bentley, a commitment to the University of Louisville since mid-June, has been invited to participate in a pair of national All-Star games after the season.

Bentley, an offensive lineman and one of the top prospects in the state of Kentucky, has helped the Pirates to a 7-1 record.

The first selection was to the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl to be played in Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State in Atlanta on Dec. 30. He was selected to that bowl about 10 days ago.

Now, Bentley has received word he's been selected to the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl to be held in Dallas at the Cowboys' AT&T Stadium on Dec. 22.  Bentley is expected to play in both games.


Tennessee QB enjoys trip

Coalfield, Tenn., junior quarterback Parker McKinney made the trip to Louisville on Friday night for the Duke game with a handful of his teammates. Coalfield had an open date on Friday night.

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound McKinney, one of the top candidates for Mr. Football honors in Tennessee's Class A division, has also had interest from Wake Forest, Purdue, Miami and Mississippi. He visited Wake Forest last weekend.

McKinney said he was "very impressed" with what he saw at U of L.

"I really enjoyed the game," McKinney said. "I really like all their facilities and the offense they run. The game atmosphere their is also really great."

McKinney, also a standout basketball player, is waiting for his first offer.

Younger Fitzpatrick enjoys the game

Louisville freshman wide receiver Desmond Fitzpatrick has a talented younger brother in Christian Fitzpatrick, who is a top 2020 prospect that attends West Bloomfield, Mich.

The younger Fitzpatrick, who already holds an offer from Louisville, was at the game on Friday.

The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Fitzpatrick attended the game with his father, Greg, and said it was "a great trip."

"I had a great time at the game and was happy that the Cards got the 'W'," Fitzpatrick said. "The game was kinda close for a while which made me a little nervous, but I had fun because the atmosphere was awesome.

"For me, being in the locker room after the game was a very cool experience."


Tennessee '18 lineman on campus

Corryton, Tenn., Gibbs 2018 lineman Dalton Widner was impressive at a Louisville camp during the summer and was back on campus on Friday night as he watched the Duke game with his parents.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Widner has also been on campus for games at Memphis, South Carolina and Eastern Kentucky.

"The visit was awesome," he said. "All the staff was extremely welcoming and the facilities were extremely nice. I loved spending my Friday night here and would be honored to come back anytime."

Widner is looking for his first scholarship offer.

Brothers enjoy trip to Louisville

Cordova, Tenn., linebacker Jeremiah Fordham and his brother, Broderick, who attends a junior college in Mississippi, both made the trip to Louisville and were guests of the Cardinals' staff.

Jeremiah Fordham is a 6-foot-2, 230-pound prospect in the Class of 2018, while Broderick is a '17 linebacker who attends Holmes Community College but is not playing football this season.

"It was nice," Jeremiah Fordham said. "I enjoyed it a lot. The coaches showed us everything about the program and the new stadium (expansion) they are about to get."


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