Whitt: Cards recruiting in fine shape

U of L recruiting coordinator Joe Whitt Jr gives Inside The Ville a status report on how the Cardinal coaching staff recruiting efforts are going

With three verbal commitments to date, the University of Louisville finds itself currently 58th in the Scout.com team recruiting rankings, much lower than most on Planet Red had expected from the Cardinal program that can now boast of being a member of the BCS elite.

A trio of Scout.com 3-star prospects, tight end Zach Meagher, wide receiver Troy Pascley and running back Anthony Allen make up the current collection of verbal pledges for Louisville, but Cardinal cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt Jr., who also serves as Bobby Petrino's recruiting coordinator, said that another trio of athletes, who are already on campus and participating in practice, will help make what he expects to be the strongest recruiting class yet.

"It'll be even better this year, because what some people don't realize is that we already have some of the guys here," he said of transfers Chris Vaughn, Pat Carter and Corey Thompson. "Those three guys are pretty good and will be some of the best we've had here."

Because of the transfers, U of L has a lower allotment of scholarships to hand out this year and when considering the calibar of athletes that the Cardinal coaching staff is recruiting, along with the fact that, due to the schedule, the program has yet to have a big official visit weekend, Whitt believes that there is no sense of urgency.

"Signing Day is the first Wednesday in February and you could have a bunch of commitments right now and lose every one of them," said Whitt. "One thing that an old coach told me, 'the hard thing is not getting them to commit, but keeping them.' We're not discouraged at all with the recruiting process. We are going after some top guys and that is what Tom Jurich wants here. He wants the best athletes and that's the type of players that we are going after - and we are going to land them."

With more than three months still remaining before National Signing Day, prospects, as they begin to make their official visits, will often change their mind and sign with a different school then originally committed too. Louisville's current roster has it's share of players - Bobby Buchanan, Elvis Dumervil, Mario Urrutia - that verbally committed elsewhere only to sign a Letter of Intent with U of L.

"We have a lot of guys on this team that were committed somewhere else at one point in time and they are here now," said Whitt. "There could be guys committed somewhere else right now that we might end up getting here."

Having three of their final four games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium should only help increase the odds for Bobby Petrino and his staff to land commitments from some their top prospects.

"We could get some more commitments here, but we want to get the certain guys that we believe will fit here," Whitt explained. "When we get them here on campus we feel that it is pretty much a done deal and they are coming."

"We're fine with recruiting," he continued. "If you know the guys that we are going after and see what they are saying about us, you know it's going to be a battle - it's not going to be easy - but, we'll get it done."

The following players are among those that have indicated to InsideTheVille.com or Scout.com that they will make an official visit to Louisville.

L.T. Walker
Defensive Tackle
6'3, 308
Scout.com 4-star prospect that is rated among the nation's top players at the defensive tackle position. Also considering Arkansas, Mississippi, Oregon and Tennessee.

Deantwan Whitehead
Defensive End
6'6, 245
Rated as the nation's No.3 defensive end in the country. Also considering Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and Georgia.

Jeramy Devane
Offensive Line
6'5, 290
Plans to take official visits to Central Florida, Louisville, South Carolina, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

Jeremy Campbell
6'2, 215
Has already visited Clemson and Purdue and has a trip scheduled with Louisville.

Latarrius Thomas
Wide Receiver/Safety
6'3, 210
Scout.com 4-star athlete that could excel on either side of the ball. Also considering Florida, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Rodney Gnat
Defensive End
6'4, 225
3-star prospect that set first trip with Louisville. Also considering Connecticut, Minnesota and South Florida.

J.T. Diederichs
Running Back
6'2, 230
Bruising back that has earned All-American honors Dixie State College in St. George, Utah. Also considering Arizona, BYU, Oregon State, Utah and Washington State.

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