So, let's get started...
Flying the Friendly Skies
Last week was the start of in-home visits and due to the Cardinals having one remaining regular season contest, the U of L coaches spent time visiting a number of in-state prospects such as James McKinney, Earl Heyman, Brandon Deaderick, among others. Now that the regular season is over, the Cardinals coaching staff has headed to the airport and will be making a number of in-home visits to out of state prospects this week.
Clemson's Loss, Louisville's Gain?
After giving a verbal pledge to Clemson late last week, Michael Adams was informed by Tommy Bowden's staff that they no longer had the scholarship available and that they wouldn't accept his commitment. While Adams understandably didn't want to talk about the change of events on Sunday, it appears that Louisville and ironically, Ole Miss are his new leaders. With Petrino staying at U of L it's likely that the Cardinals have just became the favorite for the 6-foot-3, 235-pound defensive end.
Speedster Sets Visits
Wide receiver Trenton Guy of West Charlotte (NC) High School continues to list North Carolina and Louisville as his favorites. Both the Cardinals and Tarheels have offered and he has scheduled trips to both, Louisville this coming weekend and North Carolina on January 14th. Guy is close friends with current U of L freshman Rod Council, however UNC currently leads for his services.
Open Mouth, Insert Foot!
Despite reports from an opposing network that led some to believe that a decommit from Louisville commit Mike Donoghue of Covington Catholic was short coming, the 3-star offensive lineman remains committed to the Cardinals following an official visit to Kentucky over the weekend. Donoghue, who's father informed ITV on Sunday that his son will make an official visit to U of L on December 18th, spoke with Rob Gidel of InsideKentucky.com on Sunday and had the following to say, "I'm thinking things over, I guess," Donoghue said. "I had a good time at Kentucky, but I am gonna take my visit to Louisville in two weeks. As of right now, though, it still looks like Louisville."
As reported by ITV minutes following the game, Bergen Catholic was led by Brian Cushing to a 14-13 win over rival Don Bosco Prep and U of L commit Darius Mann on Friday for the state championship. Cushing totaled 186-yard rushing yards and two touchdowns, while also recording 15 tackles and 3 sacks.
"It feels real good," Cushing told Inside the Ville. "There's no way to describe the feeling. I played large because I had to."
The 5-star prospect also informed ITV that he has scheduled two more official visits, one to Virginia (1/21) and another to Miami (1/28). Since the end of the season Cushing has seen a major increase in contact from coaches and will welcome Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and Kevin Wolthausen to his home on Tuesday.
(Stay logged on to ITV for more on Cushing later today)
On November 28th, InsidetheVille.com broke the news that 4-star offensive lineman Brian Roche of Don Bosco Prep was thinking of decommitting from Rutgers. At the time, Roche explained that he wanted to "shop around" and would use all five of his official visits. It appeared that Louisville, along with Notre Dame and Rutgers were the programs at the top of his list. One can't help but wonder that the recent events at Notre Dame and the solid commitment of teammate Darius Mann, has elevated Louisville as the new leader for his services. Roche will join Mann and a few others from New Jersey for an official visit on December 18th.
"They're Up There!"
Tight end Careg Bonner told ITV over the weekend that Louisville remains high on his list. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Huntsville native will be among the many making an official visit to U of L on 12/18. Bonner, who made an unofficial visit to Louisville for the Cardinals season opener, was recently named All-City & All-Region. U of L assistant Reggie Johnson is expected to make an in-home visit with Bonner later this week.
(More to come on Bonner as well...)
I-A or I-AA??
Doesn't seem like much of a question, but Nelson County RB/S/K Steven Crepps is pondering to either accept a scholarship from a Division I-AA program to play safety or running back, or consider a possible future invitation from Louisville to join the team as a kicker.
One of the busiest prospects over the past few weeks has been Dave McClain of Central Bucks East (PA) High School. The 3-star offensive lineman has made numerous unofficial visits, including a stop in Louisville and officially tripped to Purdue over the weekend. McClain will welcome Coach Wolthausen into his home on Thursday and will likely discuss a possible scholarship offer. A commitment from McClain would actually count against the 2004 class and he would enroll at school in early January.