While recruiting Ryan Houston last year, U of L spotted and quickly extended scholarship offers to a number of his younger teammates at Butler High School in Matthews, North Carolina. Juniors Spencer Adams, Robert Blanton, Jacob Charest and Eddie Whitley each received early written offers from Louisville.
Adams, 6'2, 185, and Whitley, 6'0, 180, are both highly-rated safties, while Blanton, 6'1, 170, is considered one of the top cornerbacks in the region. Each has collected multiple scholarship offers with Duke, Michigan, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina and Wake Forest among the schools that have also offered.
Louisville was one of the first to offer each and among the first two, with NC State being the other, to extend a scholarship to quarterback Jacob Charest.
Scout.com National Top 100 junior Kyle Long of Charlottesville, Virginia has quickly become of the hottest recruiting targets in the nation. The 6'7, 275-pound offensive lineman, who is the son of former NFL star Howie Long, has already collected more than a dozen scholarship offers with Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Louisville and Virginia among them.
While has yet to receive a scholarship offer from Louisville, Hope Mills, North Carolina prospect Chris Enos already has the Cardinal program high on his list. While participating in the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio last month, Enos, a 6'3, 240-pound lineman, listed Louisville as his favorite. Boston College, Connecticut, Georgia and Virginia Tech are among those also showing early interest.
The University of Louisville will once again host many of the regions top prospects during the off-season. U of L will host dozens of juniors this spring for Junior Day and then again this summer for it's annual camps and Senior Day.
Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com throughout the week as we continue to preview U of L's 2008 recruiting efforts.