Weekend Recruiting Wrap-up

The wrap-up includes the latest developments on the recruiting trails for University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff of hard-working assistants, including news of two new prospects that have received scholarship offers from the Cardinal program and more.

After spending the weekend at Churchill Downs last weekend, the University of Louisville football staff went right back to work and hit the recruiting trails hard this past week. They've kept busy visiting airports, spending hours in rental cars and visiting countless high schools.

New Offers

With coaches from Louisville and many others watching on, linebacker Albert Rocker of Harvest (Ala.) High School turned in a strong performance at the Scout.com All-American combine held in Tuscaloosa which resulted in his first two scholarship offers. After receiving an offer from Vanderbilt on Monday, the 6-foot-1, 200-pounder received word that one from Louisville was on it's way.

"I picked up an offer from Louisville last night," Rocker told Andrew Bone of Scout.com on Wednesday. "Coach [Reggie] Johnson told me over the phone they had a scholarship offer for me, and they would send it through the mail."

Quarterback Joe Weatherford of Land O'Lakes (Fla.) High School also received a scholarship offer from Louisville this week and is looking forward to visiting the Cardinal program later this year.

Quarterback Joe Weatherford
"That puts me at three," Weatherford told Scout.com's Mike Bakas. "I like Louisville a lot. I'm very excited to check them out and to see what it's like up there. I know they like to throw the ball a whole lot."

The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder is the younger brother of Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford.


The Cardinal program continues to be listed by a number of the highly sought-after prospects and the trend continued this week, with linebacker Isiah Smith, offensive lineman Derek Sherrod and quarterbacks Drew Keil and Drew Weatherford all listing U of L high on their lists.

What We're Hearing...

6-foot-4, 220-pound linebacker J'Courtney Williams, who verbally pledged to Virginia last month, continues to receive attention from Louisville and he'll have an opportunity to see the Cardinal facilities for the first time when he participates in the May 20 Scout.com All-American combine being conducted at U of L. In addition to Virginia, Williams has also collected scholarship offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Mississippi State, North Carolina and Virginia Tech.

Two very reliable sources continue to tell me that it's Louisville and Boston College that currently tops the list of Scout.com four-star quarterback Matt Simms. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound Don Bosco Prep product - along with his father Phil Simms - visited Louisville last month for the Cardinals junior day. Simms is expected to join many of his teammates and participate in Boston College's camp - something Don Bosco Prep has made an effort to do annually.

Tremendous 26

A number of Louisville recruiting targets were named to this year's Tremendous 26, including a few - Victor Anderson, Doug Beaumont, Zach Kiernan, Chase Minnifield and Billy Joe Murphy - with early scholarship offers from the Cardinal program.

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