Arizona star attends Louisville practice

How did Jarrell Barbour, a three-star prospect from Peoria, Arizona with offers from Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma wind up at Louisville's first practice Thursday afternoon? has the scoop.

How did a three-star prospect from Peoria, Arizona wind up at Louisville's first practice Thursday afternoon?

Here's how. Jarrell Barbour's father lives in the Louisville area and is a friend of former Louisville basketball player Tony Branch. Branch recently told Louisville assistant Reggie Johnson about's No. 65 rated WR prospect and gave him Barbour's DVD highlights a few days ago.

Apparently, Johnson was immediately impressed with what he saw from the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Barbour. So he took the DVD and showed it to head coach Steve Kragthorpe. Apparently, Kragthorpe was impressed because the Cardinals quickly intensified their recruitment of Barbour – or more accurately, began to recruit him.

Barbour has been in town all week visiting his father and he's been to U of L twice this week. He's met with Kragthorpe, gotten to know Harry Douglas and apparently has developed a solid relationship with Johnson.

"Louisville is stepping up their recruitment of Jarrell," his father told "They haven't offered yet, but the first time they saw his DVD was two days ago. Once they saw it and realized the caliber of player he is I think they became interested immediately."

Barbour holds offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Michigan, Nebraska and Oklahoma.

If Louisville offers, the Cardinals will definitely be in the mix for Barbour's services.

"Jarrell has serious interest in Louisville," Barbour said. "He has indicated that he is very interested in Louisville. If there was an offer, it would be very hard to deny attention from a Top 5 program like Louisville. Louisville can go blow for blow with any school recruiting him now."

Barbour will return to Arizona tomorrow. He hasn't scheduled any official visits yet, but it sounds like a solid possibility that he'll be coming back to Louisville for another visit this fall.

"Jarrell was extremely excited by what he saw and the professionalism Coach Kragthorpe runs his program," Barbour said. "We met with Caoch Kragthorpe and talked with him and watched practice. Reggie Johnson has been the guy who really got this process going. He met Harry Douglas and they kind of hit it off and forged a good relationship. He was extremely impressed with what he saw from Louisville."

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