The Wrap Up

First came 'The Skinny.' Now comes it's football playing brother, 'The Wrap Up,' which will provide a weekly recap on the Cardinals football recruiting efforts, as well as tidbits regarding the program.

The addition of a home and home series with Miami is a large upgrade in the Cardinals out of conference scheduling and we look forward to likely future games with the likes of North Carolina State, Georgia Tech and Texas Tech, among others. We also look forward to a possible extension between the Cards and Tar Heels. We also understand it's likely that during the Big East meetings in May that one topic of discussion will concern conference members playing Notre Dame as an out of conference game.

As the Louisville football program continues its preperation for its move into the world of the BCS, it could also be preparing to break ground on an indoor football practice facility in the near future. The next edition of Inside the Ville Magazine, which is preparing to hit the press, will include additional information as on its progress and details, so keep an eye on your mailbox in the coming weeks.

Speaking of the Big East, the U of L football staff has began recruiting more extensively in the northeast, with Coach Kevin Wolthausen being responsible for much of the area.

While scheduling upgrades and indoor facility will be something that will satisfy the Cardinal faithful, they are also improvements that will continue to improve the U of L coaching staff's ability to recruit as it gets closer and closer to being on a level playing field with that nation's top programs.

With the end of spring practice also came a recruiting window that allows coaches to begin visiting high schools, which also is an indicator of the beginning of scholarship offers being extended to the top targets.

Numerous players stretching from the northeast to the deep south now have offers in hand from the University of Louisville. Be sure to frequent the ITV Scout Database and Hot News for the latest on the ever-growing list of prospects.

While we won't list all the latest prospects to surface, here is a small look at some of the news from the past week.

Tight end Wes Brown of Athens (AL) High School received an offer from Louisville recently. In addition to the offer from U of L, Brown also holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Kentucky, Duke, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State.

Quarterback Keyron Sheard of Red Bank Regional (NJ) High School is the second signal-caller from the Garden State to receive interest from the Cardinals. Sheard, who hasn't received an offer to date, could look elsewhere because of his high desire to play early and with Brian Brohm arriving at U of L this fall.

The other New Jersey quarterback that has received a high amount of interest from the Cardinals is Delbarton High School's Domenic Natale. Natale has an offer from Louisville, as well as from Missouri, Syracuse and Mississippi State.

Lamont Robinson, a linebacker from Salem (NJ) High School, is receiving frequent mail from the Cardinals.

Moving a touch south, into the Keystone State, Jason Kacinko, an imposing offensive lineman from Penn Trafford High School, has offers from Louisville, Pittsburgh, North Carolina and Syracuse.

Off to the deep south and Birmingham, Alabama. Louisville is the latest to offer tight end Charles Hoke a scholarship. In addition to Louisville's, Hoke now holds offers Georgia Tech, Alabama, Vanderbilt and North Carolina.

6-foot-4, 330-pound offensive lineman Craig Jenkins of Pearl High School in Mississippi has been receiving continued interest. Jenkins was an All-District and All-Metro choice as a junior.

The first ITV Best of the Bluegrass list has been completed and the top ten list will be published in the coming issue of Inside the Ville Magazine.

Any such list will definately include Central's James McKinney. Scholarship offers continue to pour in for the DE/TE, but indications are now pointing that Louisville has pulled even with the likes of Michigan and others.

Also, keep an eye out for our 2004 high school scouting stops as we enter our second year of high school coverage.

Coming soon to Cincinnati is the MSL/TheInsiders.com Combine and Inside the Ville will be on hand getting an upclose look at a high number of top prospects that U of L is recruiting. We'll have complete testing results, photos and video of the event held at the University of Cincinnati on Memorial Day weekend.

The recruiting tidbits is just a sneak peek into the upcoming barrage of recruiting news that you'll find right here on ITV.


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