Cardinals QB/WR camp a success

In just its second year of existence, the University of Louisville's QB/WR camp has become a can't miss camp for athletes from throughout the south and midwest. Among those on hand included Prattville (Ala.) quarterback Larry Smith and Alcoa (Tenn.) receiver Kyrus Lanxter, both of whom hold scholarship offers from the Cardinal program

In just it's second year in existance, the University of Louisville's QB/WR camp has become a popular destination for many of the regions top performers. This year's camp was no exception as quarterback Larry Smith and wide receiver Kyrus Lanxter helped highlight Sunday's talented group of athletes.

On Sunday, more than 100 athletes from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and elsewhere attended the day long camp, which included instruction, film study and more.

A deep group of quarterbacks included Larry Smith, Thomas Darrah, Robert Arnheim, Nick Petrino, Drew Kiel and a host of others, while Kyrus Lanxter, Sonta Whatley and Rashad Mason helped make the receivers and tight ends group.

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Larry Smith highlighted a deep
group of quarterbacks
Prattville (Ala.) High School's Larry Smith, Scout.com's top pre-season quarterback in the state of Alabama, displayed a nice arm and impressive footwork at the camp and it was clear to see why Louisville was so quick to offer the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder late last year.

Smith, who was making his second trip to U of L, currently holds scholarship offers from Louisville and Vanderbilt, while others such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia Tech and LSU continue to express heavy interest.

Quarterback Thomas Darrah was one of the surprises at Sunday's camp. The 6-foot-5, 195-pound signal-caller from Newnan, Georgia throws a nice deep ball and is effective while throwing on the run.

Louisville Trinity quarterback Nick Petrino looked great once again. Petrino, who turned in a strong performance at the Scout.com All-American combine last month, easily held his own on Sunday. One spectator, who was keeping a close eye on the quarterbacks, said Petrino had the best mechanics and maybe the best arm of the group.

Orlando (Fla.) Edgewater quarterback Robert Arnheim was another impressive quarterback on hand. Arnheim, an All-State honoree as a junior, attended Ohio State's camp on Saturday and will head down to Nashville for Vanderbilt's camp before returning home. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback threw for 1,910 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior and is drawing attention from Georgia Tech, Louisville, North Carolina, Northwestern and many others.

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Alcoa (Tenn.) High School wide receiver Kyrus Lanxter has spent the weekend driving around the southern part of the country. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Lanxter attended a camp at Ole Miss on Saturday and then made the trek to Louisville to participate in the Cardinals QB/WR camp.

Lanxter, who hauled in 513 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior, currently holds scholarship offers from Louisville, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.


Nashville WR prospect Rashad Mason
The 'who is that' award has to be extended to Nashville Pearl-Cohn's Rashad Mason. The 6-foot-6, 180-pound receiver looked the part of the type of big receiver that U of L head coach Bobby Petrino has made such a vital part of his offense.

Also a standout on the hardwood, Mason is quicker than many his size and displayed nice hands and footwork on Sunday.

Possibly the quickest athlete at U of L's QB/WR camp on Sunday was Auburn (Ala.) High School receiver Sonta Whatley. Whatley had to have upped his stock with the Louisville coaches, as he used his quickness to make last second adjustments to make difficult catches.

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While working with the U of L coaches inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and the Trager Indoor Facility, the camp attendee's couldn't help but be impressed by the multiple facilities that the Cardinal football program has to offer. Seemingly just as impressive for some was the Johnny Unitas Museum.

The museum, which is housed inside the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex, was a popular spot during the camp's one-hour lunch break. A few dozen took turns watching Cardinal football highlights and checking out the bio's of a number of U of L greats in the video portion of the museum, while others took the opportunity to discover the growing tradition of the school's football program.

As a few gathered around a wall display that includes recent U of L and current NFL quarterbacks Dave Ragone and Stefan LeFors, one from the group spotted a picture of U of L head coach Bobby Petrino, pointed, and said, "he's the man."

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In addition to the talent on the field, a few of those watching the action from the sideline are of note as well.

Louisville St.X running back Victor Anderson was on hand watching teammate and close friend Daniel Passafiume. Anderson, who verbally committed to West Virginia in April, will make the trip to Morgantown for their upcoming camp. Next Saturday he'll join his Tiger teammates at U of L for the Cardinals annual 7-on-7 passing tournament.

Also on hand was Alcoa (Tenn.) High School running back Chris Shiverdecker. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound back continues to draw interest from Louisville, as well as many others.

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Best overheard quote:
"You guys need to come watch our team practice, because that's not sprinting," - U of L Offensive Coordinator & Receivers Coach Paul Petrino while working with a group of the better receivers at the camp.

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The Louisville coaching staff will conduct a youth camp this week, with the 7-on-7 passing tournament and the lineman camp being conducted on Saturday. Next Sunday U of L will host it's annual Senior Day camp.

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Stay logged on the InsideTheVille.com, the authority on University of Louisville football recruiting, for more on Sunday's QB/WR camp, including player feedback, potential new scholarship offers and more throughout the coming week.


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