Though Louisville already has a commitment from Cincinnati St. Xavier running back Darius Ashley, who broke the Ohio state championship game rushing record last week, the Cardinals are still in hot pursuit of Desoto, TX four-star running back Cyrus Gray. Rated the No. 11 running back prospect nationally, Gray will make an official visit to Louisville this weekend.
The Cardinals are battling several big-time programs for Gray's services, primarily Notre Dame, Florida, Kansas and California. Louisville assistant Tony Alford made an in-home visit with the 5'11, 195-pound Gray earlier this week and the Cardinals will have an opportunity to make their best recruiting pitch this weekend.
Gray will be joined by teammate Adrian Bushell, a three-star WR/DB. Bushell, ranked the No. 54 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com, told Scout.com earlier this week that he has narrowed his options to three schools: Oklahoma State, Louisville and Florida. Bushell visited OSU last weekend and plans to visit Florida next month. Following his visit to Stillwater, Bushell put the Cowboys at the top of his list.
"I almost committed during my official visit," Bushell said. "There were like seven guys on the visit that committed and I was pretty close. It was a great visit and I like what they are doing there. They are serious about football and are working hard to be a top contender."
Steve Kragthorpe and the Cardinals will need to make a strong impression to make up ground on the Cowboys for Bushell. "I wasn't too impressed with them this season, but I've always liked them and really want to check them out," he said. "I want to see what the campus is like and see how all the players act and how I'd fit in."
Louisville will also host a pair of four-star linemen this weekend – 6'6, 275-pound offensive tackle Zebrie Sanders from Clayton, Ohio and 6'2, 290-pound defensive tackle Tyler Jessen from Butler (KS) CC.
Sanders admits that Florida and Georgia currently top his wish-list but he's still considering Louisville, LSU and South Carolina. Sanders, who attended the Scout.com camp in Louisville two years ago, has watched and admired the Cardinals while growing up near Dayton, Ohio. "I've been looking at a few schools and I just wanted to make sure that those schools were the right choice," Sanders said. "So I looked around a little bit and started looking at Louisville and their depth chart and it looks really favorable."
Jessen, according to his junior college coach, has narrowed his list down to a pair of options: Troy and Louisville. A mid-year transfer, Jessen made an official visit to Troy last week and could be ready to make a quick decision after his official visit to Louisville this weekend. "I think his mind is wide-open," said Butler coach Aaron Flores. "He just wants to take a couple of visits and he doesn't want to rush into anything. I think he wants to see what is going to be the best (fit) for him."
Flores said he believes Jessen's visit to Louisville will be his last before making his decision, but added, "Baylor may try to jump in here late but he may just wrap it up after this weekend."
After losing four-star Iowa tight end Ben Cotton to Nebraska last week, the Cardinals will host Cincinnati St. Xavier tight end Stephon Ball on an official visit this weekend. Both Louisville and West Virginia extended scholarship offers to the 6'5, 210-pound Ball earlier this week. Ball, a teammate and friend of Darius Ashley, told InsideTheVille.com that he has narrowed his options down to Cincinnati and Louisville and will make his decision early next week.
The Cardinals will also host versatile Washington D.C. WR/FS prospect Gerald Moore this week. While Louisville hasn't offered a scholarship, the 6'0, 190-pound Moore told InsideTheVille.com that he favors the Cardinals and would likely commit if Kragthorpe makes an offer.