Chad Simmons

A look at the 13 football official visitors making the trip to the University of Louisville this weekend to visit the Cardinals

A look at the 13 football official visitors making the trip to the University of Louisville this weekend to visit the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville football staff will host 13 official visitors this weekend.

The prospects - five already committed to the Cardinals - will early Friday evening and will depart on Sunday morning. The weekend is jam-packed with events with current players and the coaching staff, including new coaches Peter Sirmon and Lorenzo Ward.

Here's a closer look at the visitors and the chances for the Cardinals:

The massive offensive lineman Toryque Bateman is also looking at Michigan and Miami and is a tackle that could come in and compete right away on the Cardinals line. Bateman is scheduled right now to make a visit to Miami.

The skinny: He's Louisville's to lose. In fact, we think he's No. 22 on the board.

Highland Springs, Va., offensive lineman Mekhi Becton is not one to tip his hat during the process. He has visited Michigan and is expected to also make a visit to Virginia Tech. He's also still considering Virginia but this weekend's visit will go a long way in the process.

The skinny: Win him over this weekend and he could be another lineman to add to the mix. The sell will be on early playing time.

Another big guy, Caleb Chandler was originally a Todd Grantham recruit from Jefferson, Ga. But the rest of the staff has picked up for Grantham and he had an in-home visit that went well on Wednesday from line coach Chris Klenakis.

The skinny: The Cardinals will have to hold off Florida and Oklahoma State, but we think he'll be a nice addition.

A Todd Grantham recruit, Malik Clark has said he really likes the Louisville campus and program and will make the visit this week to get to know new defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon.

The skinny: Unless something major happens, Clark will wear the red and black.

The No. 22 player in the '17 class nationally, Cory Durden is committed to Florida State and is visiting with his teammate and close friend Ja'len Parks this weekend to Louisville. Durden also has visits to Ole Miss and Florida State set up for the next two weeks.

The skinny: Will be a tough flip, but the staff has a few in's with Durden and Parks and will attempt to get them both.

Miramar, Fla., safety Brian Edwards de-committed from Miami in October and has been a U of L lean since then but the Hurricanes are coming after him again. Has said he's been waiting for his Louisville visit to check out the campus. A big weekend for the Cards.

The skinny: We still think he's Louisville's to lose, but the Miami visit in two weeks is a worry.

A three-star safety, Anthony Johnson is one of five commitments making the trip this weekend and he's been quiet on the recruiting front since he committed back in the summer when he was on campus for a camp.

The skinny: He's a firm commitment and will be a guy who challenges for some playing time next fall.

Mississippi State commitment Aaron Odom is ranked as the No. 242 prospect in the country and is a major, major target for defensive line coach L.D. Scott. Odom still has his visit to Starkville but Peter Sirmon and Scott will try to flip him this weekend.

The skinny: Word is Odom has taken a liking to L.D. Scott and he's a candidate to flip.

A U.S. Army All-American and Florida State commitment, Ja'len Parks is in the same boat as Durden and has visits to Ole Miss and Florida State coming up before signing day. He's ranked as the No. 199 prospect in the country and would be a major target.

The skinny: Like Durden, will be a tough flip, but the staff has a few in's with Durden and Parks and will attempt to get them both.

A longtime commitment for the Cardinals, Kaheem Roach has been doing some recruiting for the staff with other prospects in South Florida. His main target is teammate Brian Edwards.

The skinny: Roach is a firm commitment to the Cardinals and will sign on Feb. 1.

Another commitment for the Cardinals already, Jabreel Stephens has been recruited by Nick Petrino and the staff feels like he's a guy who can be a major addition to the roster at defensive end or outside linebacker. Has a great frame and can add weight to it when het arrives on campus.

The skinny: Another firm commitment and will sign on Feb. 1 with the Cardinals.

Illinois had been the leader for top 50 prospect Jeff Thomas but after his showing at the Under Armour All-American game the schools have been coming out of the woodwork, Louisville gets the first visit of the month and the Cardinals have been on him a while. He'll also make visits to Tennessee and Miami before signing day.

The skinny: The fact that Thomas supposedly reached out to U of L wide receivers coach Lonnie Galloway - or so Thomas said in Orlando - to recruit him harder tells us he's serious about the Cardinals.

Another Louisville commitment and a guy you could see in the backfield next fall. He's a dynamic runner and a kid that will only get better once he gets under Kolby Smith and learns from the former Cardinal.

The skinny: A firm commitment for the Cardinals. Can't see anything changing here.

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