Walz, who replaced Tom Collen last spring, arrived at Louisville with a reputation as a first-class recruiter. His first class as the Cardinals coach proves that reputation accurate.
four Top 100 recruits.
The strength of Louisville's class lies in a trio of in-state prospects: Fern Creek star Monique Reid, Owensboro standout Janae Howard and Lexington Henry Clay's Gwen Rucker. Louisville's class also includes four Top 100 prospects.
Reid, the top-rated player in the state of Kentucky, headlines Louisville's 2008 recruiting class. Reid led the state of Kentucky in both scoring (28.9 points) and rebounds (16.2) last season as a junior. Reid is ranked the No. 36 prospect nationally by All-Star Girls Report.
Janae Howard, a 6'2 forward, is rated the No. 61 prospect nationally by the All-Star Girls Report, while Rucker, an athletic 6'2 center, is considered the "sleeper" of Louisville's recruiting class. Rucker, who also plans to play volleyball at U of L, is rated No. 133 nationally by All-Star Girls Report.
Louisville stole 6'0 guard/forward Mary Jackson from Memphis Oakhaven. Jackson, ranked No. 86 nationally by All-Star Girls Report, averaged 27 points as a junior.
Tiera Stephens, a 5'8 point guard from Dayton Chaminade, is the fifth player expected to sign with Louisville. Stephens is known as an excellent defender and floor general. Stephens is rated No. 68 in the nation by HoopGurlz.com and is considered the top senior point guard prospect in Ohio.