Louisville offers Ryan Houston's teammates

While Louisville is hard at work trying to sway Ryan Houston, the Cardinals recently extended offers to three of the four-star running back's talented junior teammates. Who are these three prospects? InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

While Louisville is hard at work trying to sway Ryan Houston from his commitment to North Carolina, the Cardinals recently extended offers to three of the four-star running back's talented junior teammates.

Eddie Whitley, Robert Blanton and Spencer Adams each recently received scholarship offers from Louisville. Interestingly, all three start in the Butler High School secondary for coach Mike Newsome. They're also three of the top junior prospects in the south.

"They're all over 6'0, 185 and they have the type of size and speed college coaches are looking for. They're all very athletic and physical football prospects," said Newsome. "With them we have one of the best secondary's in the country."

Adams, a 6'2, 185-pound safety, is the fastest of the group. He's been clocked in under 4.4 in the forty yard dash and is also a standout track performer. He also holds offers from North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and South Carolina.

"He's a proto-typical safety," Newsome said. "He's very fast, extremely athletic and has long arms. He's got great range in the secondary and can cover a lot of ground in a hurry."

The 6'1, 170-pound Blanton, who made 100 tackles and six interceptions as a sophomore, holds offers from North Carolina, Michigan and South Carolina.

"Robert Blanton is one of our most intense players," Newsome told the CharlotteWeekly.com. "He's one of those players a coach loves to coach, just because of what he brings to the football field. He doesn't just bring the ability to play football; he brings excitement, he brings leadership. He brings ‘want-to' – he definitely wants to play the game and play it well."

Blanton might be the best prospect of the bunch even though he's only played defensive back the past two years.


Robert Blanton

"Blanton looks like he projects best as a safety with his ability to jump into the box and solid tackling ability," Scout.com analyst Miller Safrit said. "He moves well in space, has a great instinct for finding the ball, and has a penchant for making game-changing hits while able to break down and wrap up if he is the only defender in the area."

Whitley, a 6'0, 170-pound cornerback, ran a 4.7 forty at the Scout.com combine in Durham last summer. He made 100 tackles and five interceptions last season and has drawn heavy interest from several ACC programs.

"They must be pretty good, if the (No. 6) team (Louisville) in the country offered all of them," Newsome told the Charlotte Observer last month.


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