After entering fall camp without it's first verbal commitment, the Cardinal program received good news from one of the top players in the Bluegrass State and one of the top quarterbacks in the country. If there were any concerns regarding recruiting at the start of last week, they were answered before the week came to a close when verbal pledges by Rockcastle (Ky.) County offensive lineman Brad Durham and quarterback Matt Simms of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey gave the program it's first two commitments of the class of '07.
The two players have held scholarship offers from Louisville for a number of months - Simms since last September - indicating that the coaches are two-for-two with players listed high on their wish list.
On Thursday, InsideTheVille.com broke the news that the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Durham had chosen to accept Louisville's scholarship offer.
"I called Louisville today and told them that I wanted to come there," the Scout.com three-star prospect said last week. "I talked to Coach Greg Nord and he said that he'd pass the news along to Coach Petrino."
Durham enters the start of the 2006 season ranked among top 5 in ITV's Best of the Bluegrass and was a Scout.com All-American combine First Team honoree.
Late Saturday morning we learned that Matt Simms, the son of Louisvillian and NFL great Phil Simms, was planning to extend his verbal commitment to the Cardinals. Matt gave the Cardinal coaches the good news around 12:30 p.m. and a few hours later the 6-foot-3, 200-pound All-State quarterback called ITV to officially break the news of his decision.
"I am going to be a Cardinal," he said. "I verbally committed to Louisville today. I've been thinking about it for the last couple weeks and just decided that this was it."
After showing off his defensive abilities by grabbing three interceptions in his team's first scrimmage, Beaumont put his offensive skills to work on Friday at Fort Thomas Highlands. The Scout.com four-star receiver scored four touchdowns, including an 82-yard jaunt on the first play of the game. The Louisville Male High School prospect also turned a botched punt into a 80-yard touchdown run.
Beaumont, who holds scholarship offers from both Louisville and Kentucky, has no timetable set for his eventual college decision and will likely wait until after his senior season ends before announcing.
After rushing for approximately 120 yards and four touchdowns against Oldham County on Friday, St. Xavier running back Victor Anderson is averaging an impressive 12 plus yards per carry in very limited action. The Scout.com Midwest Hot 100 member has made multiple unofficial visits with the Cardinal program during fall practice, most recently this past Saturday.
Another member of a talented group of in-state offensive line prospects expects to see his scholarship offer count increase soon. Scout.com three-star prospect Chase Dumphord of Paris High School told InsideTheVille.com last week that a third SEC program may join the official offer list.
"I think Florida will probably be my next offer," said Dumphord, who lists four current offers. "I have offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Auburn and Cincinnati."
The 6-foot-5, 300-pound lineman said that he's thinking of waiting until his season is over before making a decision and that he's now focused on his on-the-field goals.
"Our team goal is to win the state championship in Class A," he said. "My personal goal is to become one of the top players in the state and one of the top offensive linemen in the country."
Dumphord participated in the Scout.com All-American combine held in Louisville this past May and is ranked third in ITV's preseason Best of the Bluegrass.
This past week also brought promising news from two more of the nation's top-rated prospects.
Luther Davis, the nation's fifth-ranked defensive end, told Scout.com that he was canceling a previously scheduled date with ESPN where he was expected to announce his college choice. The West Monroe, Louisiana prospect now lists Louisville, and a number of others, as a favorite. Click here for more.
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