Junior Day Attracts Talent

The poor weather didn't dampen Louisville's annual junior day on Saturday morning, as more than 100 high school prospects visited with the Cardinal program. InsideTheVille.com was in attendance and can confirm the presence of a number of top prospects...

The excitement and energy found at the Howard Schnellenberger Football Complex and Trager Indoor Facility on Saturday morning wasn't just limited to the action of Louisville's second scrimmage of the spring. U of L head coach Steve Kragthorpe and his staff welcomed approximately 105 high school prospects for the program's annual junior day.

During their visit, the athletes toured the football complex and stadium, met with coaches, learned more about what U of L has to offer academically and watched the Cardinals scrimmage.

"It's important to us," Kragthorpe said. "We need to continue to recruit great student-athletes and we think we've got a great product to sell. When you put football and the academic opportunities together here at Louisville we think it's a special place."

As has been the case the past few years, the talent on-hand at U of L's Junior Day was impressive. Interested athletes arrived from Kentucky, Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas.

OL Jake Jackson
A number of players from the nation's top high school program from last fall - Southlake (Texas) Carroll - were in attendance. Offensive linemen Jake Jackson and Sam Schwartzstein and receivers Blake Cantu and Chris Brainard all made the trip from the Lone Star State.

Jackson, 6'5, 275 pounds, is also hearing from others such as Arkansas, Duke, LSU and Oklahoma. Brainard, 5'10, 165, possesses 4.5 speed and totaled 34 receptions for 619 yards and 9 touchdowns last fall.

The Buckeye State was also well represented.

Due to poor weather conditions quarterback Domonick Britt of Trottwood-Madison chose to attend Louisville's junior day instead of participating in the Scout.com combine in Cincinnati. The 6'5, 192-pound prospect, who arrived with incoming Cardinal and former prep teammate C.J. Peake, currently holds a number of scholarship offers and is hoping to add Louisville to his list soon.

QB Domonick Britt
Dublin-Coffman quarterback Zach Stoudt and receiver Trey Fairchild, Hamilton offensive lineman Phillip Manley, Lakota West receiver Bakari Bussey, 6'2, 195-pound defensive back/tight end Derek Mincy of Mount Healthy and 6'5, 310-pound offensive lineman J.D. Bales also helped make up a strong contingent that made the trip south from Ohio.

Defensive end Chris Enos, who named Louisville his early favorite, made the trip in from Hope Mills, North Carolina. The 6'2, 235-pound Gray's Creek High prospect is also drawing interest from the likes of Boston College, Connecticut and Virginia Tech.

From Georgia were Stockbridge quarterback Tyler Bass and Tucker linebacker Marcus Nedd. The 6'5, 207-pound Bass, who currently holds scholarship offers from Indiana and North Carolina, threw for 1,190 yards and 16 touchdowns, while also rushing for an additional 595 yards and 6 touchdowns on 91 attempts as a junior.

A couple others of note include Louisville Doss running back Eric Reed and 6'5, 335-pound offensive lineman William Woodard from Woodlawn (Ala.) High.

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for continual coverage of these and many others that attended Louisville's Junior Day on Saturday.

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