U of L welcomes prospects for camp weekend

After spending much of the spring on the road recruiting, U of L head coach Steve Kragthorpe and his staff will stay home this weekend and welcome hundreds of athletes to campus to participate in one of two camps or the 7-on-7 passing tournament.

Starting bright and early on Saturday morning, University of Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe will welcome countless high school prospects to the football complex for the program's annual set of camps. While the majority of those that participate in a camp or the 7-on-7 passing tournament may not be priority prospects for the Cardinals coaching staff, a good handful of them will be.

"I think it's huge," said U of L assistant and recruiting coordinator Greg Nord. "With the new trend today of a lot of guys looking to commit early and trying to speed up the recruiting process, it really helps if you can get them to come to one of your camps."

Unlike an official visit when the host school takes care of the prospects travel, meal and housing expenses, an athlete participating in a school's football camp has to get there on his own dime. However, a camp setting provides the visitor an opportunity to experience a part of the program that he may not during an official trip later in the year.

"By having them on your campus, they can see your facilities, see what type of coaches that you are and get a better feel for the program," Nord told InsideTheVille.com. "It gives them a chance to see if they might like it here and feel if they can be successful here."

However, it's not all about what the prospective student-athlete thinks.

"Well, we also get to see them and what they can do," Nord continued. "We can see how they respond to coaching and what type of techniques and fundamentals that they have, which helps us as a coaching staff to figure out if they could be successful in our program."

The first of this years camps is the lineman camp, which begins around 9:00 a.m. and will be conducted at Jim Patterson Stadium. As in recent years, dozens of offensive and defensive linemen will participate in the camp that will be guided by U of L offensive line coach Brent Myers and defensive line coach Mark Nelson.

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Prospects such as offensive linemen Sam Robey of Louisville Trinity, Dave Ulinski of DuPont Manual and Southlake (Tex.) Carroll's Jake Jackson, each holding scholarship offers from Louisville, are expected to be on hand. Many others, such as Ohio prospect Marc Stevens, who will be making his third unofficial visit at U of L, Eric Jones of Hoover, Alabama and New Orleans prospect Mondela Kazi, will attempt to grab the attention and a possible offer from the Cardinals coaching staff.

Coinciding with the lineman camp is the 7-on-7 passing tournament. More than 30 teams and 400 athletes, will participate in the day-long event. Louisville Male has claimed the title the past two years, defeating Greensburg (Penn.) Central Catholic each time.

Best described as fast-break football, the 7-on-7 event is a great opportunity to evaluate raw athletic ability, as well as sound fundamentals from skill position athletes.

The quarterback / wide receiver camp on Sunday will attract a number of talented prospects from throughout the region. Expected to among those on-hand are Lexington Henry Clay three-star receiver Aaron Boyd and four-star tight end Ben Cotton of Ames, Iowa.

Louisville's annual Senior Day camp will be held the following Sunday. Those attending the senior-only camp will receive instruction on the basic skills in speed improvement and agility from members of the U of L coaching staff.

Due to NCAA rules, media is not allowed to interview U of L recruiting targets while they are on campus to participate in a camp, but be sure to remain logged on InsideTheVille.com throughout the weekend and coming week as we follow up with many of those that will participating in one of the Cardinals upcoming camps.

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