Notebook: Louisville hosts prospects

While there will be a handful of prospects that have already collected a scholarship offer from Louisville participating in Sunday's senior development camp, many others are hoping to attract one with a strong performance. InsideTheVille.com takes a look at a few that could leave the Derby City with good news.

The University of Louisville football program will close out it's camp season on Sunday, when it hosts dozens of prospects from throughout the country for it's Senior Development Camp. While among the many participating there will be a few that currently hold scholarship offers from Louisville, there will be plenty of others that hope a strong outing could attract an offer from the Cardinals coaching staff.

West Boca Raton (Fla.) tight end Nathan Nord has watched his stock rise during the past few weeks, which included an offer from Miami after turning his strong outing at their camp. The son of Florida Atlantic assistant Gary Nord, a former U of L tight end and assistant coach, the 6-foot-6, 215-pound prospect also holds full-ride invitations from Central Florida and South Florida, while others such as Boston College, Florida and Purdue are also involved.

Nord, who was injured for the majority of last season, was a Scout.com All-Combine selection in March.

As reported by InsideTheVille.com last week, offensive lineman Ryan Benzick of Louisville Fern Creek is a Derby City ‘hidden gem' no longer. In addition to participating in U of L's camp on Sunday, the 6-foot-6, 330-pound prospect has a busy camp schedule set, with trips planned for Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee and Western Kentucky. Others such as Florida, Purdue and South Carolina have expressed an interest as of late and it shouldn't be surprise if the preseason Tremendous 26 selection picks up a few scholarship offers during the next few weeks.

RB/DB Chris Hill of Lansing, Michigan stole the show at the adidas camp held at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium a few weeks ago and he's making a return trip with intentions of doing the same.


Louisville views Chris Hill as a defensive back
"That was a lot of fun," Hill said. "I was really down there trying to get my name out. I talked to the Louisville coaches after and they said that they liked what they saw, so I'm going down to their camp on Sunday."

In just four games last fall, Hill rushed for 400 yards on 72 carries, while also recording 25 tackles and 4 pass deflections from his defensive back position. Louisville is recruiting the 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect as a defensive back, while others, including Kansas State, are looking at him as a running back.

"He was one of the biggest sleepers there, and, and may have moved well enough to be thought of as a defensive back on the next level," said Scout.com recruiting analyst Greg Powers following Hill's impressive outing at the Kansas City combine.

In addition to Louisville, Hill will also camp at Kansas, Kansas State, Alabama and Iowa State.

Lovejoy (GA) safety prospect Michael Greene currently holds two scholarship offers, but hopes to add more after camping at Auburn, Eastern Kentucky, Georgia Tech and Louisville the next few weeks. A two-way athlete, Greene, 6'2, 190-pounds, also played quarterback and running back last fall, totaling over 1,300 all-purpose yards.

Offensive lineman Marc Stevens of Lexington, Ohio, will be making his third visit to Louisville on Sunday. The 6-foot-5, 295-pound prospect has already collected offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Marshall, Ohio and Western Michigan and could soon add Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, Vanderbilt and others to the growing list.

Cornerback Cartier Rice of Duncan, South Carolina recently received a scholarship offer from Michigan State and could be among the select few that add Louisville to their offer sheet following Sunday's camp. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect currently lists the Cardinals, along with Auburn, Georgia, Marshall and Michigan State as current favorites.


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