Jody Demling

A notebook of University of Louisville football recruiting items, including several updates from Junior Day

A notebook of University of Louisville football recruiting items, including several updates from Junior Day

Atlanta Grady athlete enjoys trip

Atlanta Grady athlete Jaylen Rivers made the trip to the University of Louisville on Saturday for Junior Day. Rivers was one of about 50 or so prospects that took in the festivities and said he really enjoyed himself.

"Louisville is a great school from what I have seen so far," Rivers said. "I love the direction the program is headed in with the new facilities that are being built there on campus."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Rivers has an offer from U of L and said he spent the entire basketball game talking with the Cardinals' new secondary coach Lorenzo Ward.

Rivers was a high school teammate of U of L tight end signee Kemari Averett. He also has offers from Georgia Southern, Troy, Tulane and others.

Nation's #2 DT makes the trip

Michael Thompson, the nation's No. 2 defensive tackle in the Class of 2018, made the trip for Junior Day.

The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Thompson, who is from St. Louis and attends Parkway North, said he enjoyed the trip to check out the Cardinals. He also came with friend Anthony Bell, a wide receiver from Park Hill South in St. Louis.

The No. 22 player in the '18 class nationally, Thompson was at U of L on Saturday and then went to Iowa on Sunday. He's seen a lot of campuses in recent months, including Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Florida State.

Nigerian lineman loves trip to The Ville

Seymour, Tenn., The King's Academy offensive lineman Chris Akporoghene is a native of Nigeria and has only been in the U.S. for about a year.

But the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Akporoghene is already getting a bunch of college attention.

He holds an offer from West Virginia and has a bunch of other schools looking at him, including Louisville. He made a visit to check out the Cardinals on Saturday when he attended Junior Day.

"Louisville seems like a great place to become a student athlete," he said. "I really enjoyed the trip to Louisville."

Akporoghene played both sides of the ball last season and had 19 tackles. He came to the U.S. with the intention to play basketball, but ended up on the gridiron and is getting attention from all kinds of colleges.

Two who didn't make it plan to come soon

A couple of the prospects in the initial list didn't make the trip, but plan to come on campus soon

Cincinnati Colerain safety Ja'von Hicks said the weather in the Cincinnati-area kept him home but he plans on making a trip down to see the U of L campus in the next month.

The 2019 standout already has offers from Cincinnati and Kent State.

Tampa, Fla., Catholic '19 athlete Ahmarean Brown said he didn't make the trip but will be on campus for the U of L Spring Game in April.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Brown already has offers from Iowa State, Missouri, South Florida, Michigan State and Kentucky.

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