Top prospects visiting The 'Ville

Latarrius Thomas, Aundre Henderson and Chris Smelley are among those making an official visit with Louisville this weekend

This weekend the Cardinal football coaching staff will attempt to build upon the positive momentum that has built over the past two months on the recruiting trails as they welcome a handful of high school seniors to town for official visits with the Gator Bowl bound program.

While this weekend's group, who will attend Saturday's basketball game against Akron, isn't big in numbers, it is big in name, as each is drawing heavy interest from a number of the region's top programs. All have the ability to contribute as true freshmen and could develop into key members of Bobby Petrino's team.

Latarrius Thomas
New Smyrna Beach (Fla.) High School
Wide Receiver
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Thomas has the ability to succeed at either receiver or safety in college, but he's made it clear that he prefers the offensive side of the ball. L.T., who made an unofficial visit with Louisville in July, also has official visits scheduled with Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia. A trip to see Florida is also in the works. L.T.'s guardian, Andy Cox, knows Cardinals quarterback coach Jeff Brohm from his time coaching in the XFL. While Louisville is considered a strong possibility for Thomas, a weekend commitment isn't expected. The Scout.com four-star prospect intends on making all of his visits prior to making a decision.


Will visit make Aundre Henderson
rethink his commitment to Minnesota?
Aundre Henderson
Louisville DuPont Manual High School
Defensive Tackle
The Scout.com three-star prospect committed to Minnesota in August and has told all school's - with the exception Kentucky, Louisville and Minnesota – to discontinue recruiting him. While he remains committed to the Golden Gophers, he recently told InsideTheVille.com that recent visits from the Louisville coaching staff has him once again thinking about playing for his hometown team. While an official visit with Kentucky is scheduled for next weekend – he'll be in attendance when the Wildcats host the Cardinals at Rupp Arena next Saturday – his time spent at U of L the next few days will likely indicate whether he's strongly reconsidering his earlier pledge.

Troy Pascley
Alliance (Ohio) High School
Wide Receiver
Pascley verbally committed to Louisville in late July and has essentially become a rock solid commit. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound receiver, who made an unofficial visit with Louisville for the Cardinals final home, chose U of L over scholarship offers from the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois and Michigan State. As a senior he pulled in 35 catches for 892 yards and 12 touchdowns, earning First Team All-Ohio Division II honors.

Chris Smelley
American Christian Academy (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Quarterback
The trip to Louisville will be the last official visit for Scout.com three-star quarterback Chris Smelley, who has previously visited Ole Miss and South Carolina. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound quarterback currently holds offers from U of L, NC State, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee and others. He told Scout.com on Thursday that he will announce his college decision on Monday.


Will it be Auburn or Louisville
for Demetrius Culpepper?
Demetrius Culpepper
Benjamin Russell (Ala.) High School
Defensive End
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Culpepper, who could line up at defensive or linebacker on the college level, will eventually choose between Auburn and Louisville. While the home state Tigers may have a slight edge right now, his official visit this weekend could make the race for his verbal pledge a much tighter one. Alabama, Clemson and Tennessee are among the others that extended scholarship offers.

Corey Peters
Louisville Central High School
Defensive Tackle
As of right now, the Cardinals appear to be on the outside looking in for Peter's eventual signature. While Auburn, Kentucky and Minnesota are currently leading the way, the extra time spent with the 6-foot-3, 280-pound Scout.com three-star defensive tackle this weekend will most likely give the U of L coaching staff an indication whether they should increase their attention on the Central High product or spend their attention elsewhere.

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