Recruiting Notebook: Simms Visit?

InsideTheVille.com keeps you up to date with all the latest Cardinal football recruiting news, notes and possible visits in this edition of our recruiting notebook. Updates on Zach Kiernan, Matt Simms, Danny Russell and more...

QB Visit in the Works?
Speculation regarding the recruitment of Don Bosco Prep quarterback Matt Simms has taken a number of interesting turns. However, one thing has seemingly stayed constant since the Louisville coaching staff first took notice of the New Jersey product a couple years ago - the Cardinal program has remained under strong consideration.

Matt, the son of Louisvillian and former NFL great Phil Simms, visited U of L for it's annual junior day in late May and appears close to be making another visit.

Multiple sources have indicated to InsideTheVille.com that a visit to the Derby City for both Matt and his father could occur as early as this week. Should the trip occur, it will likely include some time watching the Cardinals practice, where he would have an opportunity to watch a couple former prep teammates in Darius Mann and Brian Roche.

Could the All-State quarterback make a commitment during the unofficial visit? Stay logged on to InsideTheVille.com for updates over the weekend.

Finding the Right Pieces
During his tenure as the head coach at the University of Louisville, Bobby Petrino has quickly built a reputation for finding the right athletes and developing their talent to best fit the aggressive styles of both the Cardinals offense and defense. An example of how Petrino and his staff are always searching for the right players, can be found with St Augustine, Florida defensive lineman Danny Russell. While making a school visit, primarily to see offensive linemen James Wilson and Clyde Yandell, a Cardinal assistant took note of the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Russell.

"The coach from [Louisville] came down in the spring to see James and he told me that he wanted to see more of me," Russell told InsideTheVille.com.

Louisville received that opportunity when the Scout.com three-star prospect mailed out video highlights to nearly 100 football programs.

"The offer from them came about two weeks before our spring game," said Russell, who also holds scholarship offers from Hawaii and Western Michigan.

He currently lists no favorites and hopes to schedule future visits with both Virginia Tech and Connecticut.

New Offers?
Louisville St.X running back Victor Anderson, who remains a soft verbal pledge for Big East rival West Virginia, continues to see his college options increase. Since making the decision to further research his many opportunities, the Scout.com Midwest Hot 100 member tells InsideTheVille.com that scholarship offers continue to arrive.

Anderson, who rushed for over 100 yards on just 8 carries in a scrimmage against Scott County last week, made an unofficial visit with Louisville this past Saturday, taking in the Cardinals morning practice session.

Two Sport Offers
Newport Central Catholic defensive lineman Zach Kiernan continues to hold scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky and Louisville, while drawing interest from a number programs throughout the region. The 6-foot-6, 240-pound athlete is also strong attention for his abilities on the hardwood.

"Yale and Georgetown (College) have both said that they want me for basketball," he said.

In addition to playing offensive tackle this fall, the Scout.com three-star prospect will record snaps at both both spots along the defensive line.

"The coaches said that they want to keep the defenses guessing," explained Kiernan, who recorded a sack from the end position during a recent scrimmage against Simon-Kenton High School.

Kiernan anticipates using most, if not all, of his official visits before making a decision later this year.

Sound Familiar?
Scout.com five-star defensive end, from a football crazy state in the southeast, strongly considers the University of Louisville. It sounds strangely familiar to the recruitment of now true freshman Deantwan Whitehead, who spurned offers from Alabama, Auburn and dozens of others to leave his Birmingham home for the Derby City. Peanut's decision to become a Cardinal made believers out of many and the latest comments from Luther Davis has Cardinals fans feeling confident again.

After scheduling a date to announce his college decision on ESPN, West Monroe, Louisiana prospect Luther Davis has had second thoughts and told Scout.com's Yancy Porter that he's not ready to make such a decision. The 6-foot-4, 255-pound five-star defensive end now considers himself "wide open" and that eight schools currently comprise his list of favorites.

"In no order, USC, LSU, FSU, Florida, Ole Miss, Louisville, and Miami," said Davis. "California is also still in it."

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