The 2004 recruiting season is coming down the stretch and ITV has all the latest news you need, including the latest update on Terrance Butler and Gabe Wallace.
It has reached that time of year when one-time high prospects are no longer considering the Cardinals. As is often the case, it is usually due to a player at the same recruited position committing in front of them. Such prospects are TE Josh Satterthwait and RB Levonte Barber. Satterthwait recently committed to Miami (OH) and Barber currently lists Tennessee Tech, UT-Chattanooga and South Carolina.
You may have learned of WR Durrell Barry a few weeks ago during an ITV Premium Chat or last week on the Friends of ITV board, well despite an earlier report, Barry remains undecided. The 6'6, 245-pound athlete runs a legit 4.6-40 and has great hands. He made an official visit to Clemson this past weekend and will make an official visit to U of L this weekend and should be in attendance for the Cards game against Marquette. According to Barry, Louisville assistant Joe Whitt, Jr. spent some time in Barry's home on Monday. Barry told ITV that following his visit to Clemson that he remains "open right now." An advantage for Louisville may be the fact that Coach Whitt was a coach of one of Barry's coaches at Fort Dorchester last season at The Citadel. Barry currently projects as a partial qualifier.
Reports also surfaced on Monday and Tuesday regarding Cardinal commitments LB Terrance Butler and LB Gabe Wallace deciding to head elsewhere.
First Wallace...he orignally committed to Kentucky, along with teammate and close friend Marcus McClinton, then decommitted and pledged to Louisville. Well, as signing day approaches, he appears to have returned to his original choice and will join McClinton at Kentucky. ITV wishes nothing but the best of luck to the 1st Team All-State selection while at UK.
Now Butler...He continues to be a Cardinal. It was reported that Butler had committed to South Carolina during his official visit there this past weekend, but that is not the case. ITV spoke briefly with Terrance, as well as his mother on Tuesday, and learned that he will likely sign with Louisville on February 4th. Terrance spoke in length with Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino Tuesday about his commitment to the Cardinals.
As first reported on ITV, Louisville Male DB Steve McKinney has accepted an academic scholarship to the University of Louisville and will join the Cardinals on the practice field this fall. McKinney, who only played one year of high school football, has loads of potential and should flourish under the direction of U of L defensive coaches Mike Gillhamer, Joe Whitt, Jr. and Mike Cassity.
It's all in the family! Brian Brohm's and Bobby Buchanan's recent decisions to continue their family ties to the Cardinals football program may have started a trend. A similar situation may surface again with the 2005 class as McKinney's cousin, James McKinney and Mario Urrutia's younger brother, Maurice Urrutia should now be considered Louisville leans.
With Gabe Wallace's decision to attend Kentucky, that obviously opens a spot for someone else. ITV expects that U of L may receive commitments from as many as 28 athletes, which would indicate that the U of L coaches may land a handful of additional verbal pledges.
With kickers Marty Biagi and Kyle Belcher recently commiting elsewhere, Louisville may turn to its current stable of kickers for a starter for the 2004 season. Current team members Rob Zarrilli, Todd Flannery, Chris Hunt and Arthur Carmody will all battle for the spot. ITV has also learned that Sam Erny, a former 1st Team All-State selection, who committed to Marshall out of Manual High School, will get an opportunity to display his abilities as well.
You know LB commitment Maurice Mitchell, but have you heard the name of WR/DB Jovan Mitchell? Didn't think so and no, there is no relation. Jovan Mitchell, a 2nd Team All-County selection as a defensive back, is a 5'11, 175-pound athlete with blazing speed, having been clocked with a 4.2-40. He remains undecided and may be a partial qualifier, but keep an eye out for an update on the ITV homepage regarding Mitchell during the coming days.