Weekend Recruiting Wrap Up

Updates on Tim Hawthorne, Kevin McCaskill, Sam Johnson and more

In the midst of preparing Hunter Cantwell, who will replace the injured Brian Brohm as the Cardinals starting quarterback against Connecticut, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff of assistants have had a busy week on the recruiting trails.

Making Visits
Louisville started taking advantage of the short pre-holiday opening in the NCAA recruiting schedule that allows coaches to visit prospects and visited local lineman prospects Aundre Henderson and Corey Peters earlier in the week.

Henderson of DuPont Manual High School is a current verbal pledge to Minnesota and has told all schools, but the Gophers, Cardinals and Wildcats to stop recruiting him. The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Henderson recently scheduled official visits with both Louisville and Kentucky.

While he is still firmly committed to Minnesota, Henderson said that he wanted to take a closer look at the two in-state schools to make sure that he has made the correct choice. Our sources tell us that while he is still leaning heavily to keeping his current pledge with Minnesota, that the odds of him reconsidering are slowly increasing.

While Henderson may be inching closer to the thought of wearing the Red and Black, Central High School's Corey Peters appears closer to wearing Blue and White. Recent reports have the Cardinals on the outside looking in for the three-star lineman.

Wide receiver Tim Hawthorne, who made an unofficial visit with Louisville last weekend, will try and help his Homewood High School (14-0) team repeat as the Alabama 5A State Champs tonight in Birmingham when they face Buckhorn High School (13-1).

Hawthorne has 67 catches for 917 yards on the season and is hoping to reach his goal of 1,000 yards for the year tonight.

The Scout.com four-star prospect hopes to narrow his very long list of school's down to just eight on Saturday and Louisville is expected to among those left standing in the race for Hawthorne's commitment.

Quarterback prospect Joei Fiegler, along with teammate and junior receiver Kyrus Lanxter, who holds a scholarship offer from Louisville, also hope to repeat as state champions when their Alcoa High School team squares off against Goodpasture High School (11-3) for the Tennessee 2A State Championship on Friday night.

Cards Make Initial Favorite List
While those that follow U of L football recruiting closely will have to wait at least one more day to find out Hawthorne's initial list of favorites, they can take stock in the fact that the Cardinals did make Kevin McCaskill's new list.

"In no particular order they are Louisville, USF, WVU, Auburn and Marshall," he said to Josh Newburg of USFnation.com. "The only schools on that list I don't have an offer from is Auburn and West Virginia."

Missouri Linebacker Considering Visit
Linebacker Sam Johnson, a one-time Ole Miss commit, is considering an official trip to Louisville.

Louisville was the first to offer
junior receiver Kyrus Lanxter
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Johnson, Scout.com's 56th-ranked linebacker nationally, currently holds an offer from Kansas and will likely pick one up from Indiana when he visits there next weekend.

The U of L coaching staff has told the three-star athlete from Eureka (Mo.) High School that they would extend a scholarship offer should he choose to make an official visit.

Johnson, who also starts at running back, rushed for 959 yards and 14 touchdowns on 168 carries, while on defense he totaled a team-best 70 tackles, including 42 solo stops. He added a pair of sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery while spending the majority of his time at middle linebacker.

Jersey Linebacker Might Visit As Well
With official visits already scheduled with Rutgers, Connecticut and Deleware, linebacker Matt Hardison of Freeport (N.J.) High School is considering Cincinnati, Louisville and Ohio State for his remaining two spots.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker currently claims offers from Cincinnati, Connecticut, Delaware, Louisville, Rutgers and Temple.

For Your Surfing Pleasure
Here's a few links that you should keep close as the recruiting season continues to heat up:

  • Louisville Prospects
  • Louisville Commitments
  • Louisville Official Visit List
  • Louisville Prospect Video

  • Cardinal Authority Top Stories