Louisville leads for pair of JUCO standouts

Louisville already holds verbal commitments from two junior college offensive prospects – WR Steven Black and OL Gerald Parker. Now, Bobby Petrino's Cardinals appear in the driver's seats to land a pair of JUCO defensive stars. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Louisville already holds verbal commitments from two junior college offensive prospects – WR Steven Black and OL Gerald Parker. Now, Bobby Petrino's Cardinals appear in the driver's seats to land a pair of JUCO defensive stars.

Trinity Valley (TX) C.C. standouts Arseel Shakoor and Nevin McKenzie both have Louisville at the top of their wish lists, according to Trinity Valley coach Mark Sartain. Shakoor, a 6-0, 190 pound cornerback, and McKenzie, a 6-2, 200-pound safety, are both being recruited by Louisville's defensive coordinator Mike Cassity.

"Louisville probably leads for both of them," Sartain said Monday. "They both like their program and Coach Cassity has done a great job recruiting them."

Though Shakoor and McKenzie haven't scheduled official visits to Louisville just yet, Cassity spoke with Sartain about bringing both players to U of L for visits in December. The Cardinals are expecting to host a number of prospects Dec. 16 when the basketball team faces Kentucky at home.

"I talked to Coach Cassity last week and they do plan on bringing both of them up for an official visit," said. "They'll likely visit sometime after Louisville finishes their season and before their bowl game. They're both May graduates so there is no hurry for either one."

Shakoor holds offers from Louisville, Houston and Iowa State, while Louisville, Kansas and Memphis have offered McKenzie.

"Nevin has a visit set up to Kansas early next month," Sartain said.

McKenzie and Shakoor have each enjoyed outstanding seasons. McKenzie made 74 tackles and two sacks as a sophomore. Shakoor had 28 tackles and three interceptions.

"Arseel is a big, physical corner," Sartain said. "Nevin, he's a Roy Williams type of player. He's a heavy hitter."


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