Big pigskin recruiting weekend for Louisville

The Louisville football program will host a large and talented group of official visitors this weekend. Who are the top prospects making visits? Who is most likely to verbally commit before leaving town? has the latest.

Top Dogs

Four-star running back Aundre Dean and three-star lineman T.J. Barnes are expected to headline an impressive group of official visitors for Louisville this weekend.

Dean, a 6'1, 200 –pound stud from Katy, Texas, was wavering on whether or not to make his visit to UofL this weekend earlier in the week, according to his high school coach Gary Joseph. Dean, ranked the No. 7 running back prospect nationally, played in the UnderArmour All-Star game last weekend. He's also considering Texas A&M, Arizona State, Ohio State, Alabama and LSU.

Louisville is one of three finalists for
T.J. Barnes.

Barnes, 6'6, 320, hails from Enterprise, Ala. According to his coach, Barnes has narrowed his list to three finalists: Georgia Tech, Louisville and Auburn. Barnes, rated the No. 57 OL prospect in the nation, has already visited Georgia Tech and will make his final visit to Auburn next weekend. He's expected to make his decision after his visit with the Tigers.

Next Commits?

Could Tyler Bass and Jon Dempsey be the next prospects to cast their lot with Louisville? Maybe.

Bass, a three-star from Stockbridge, Georgia, has made several unofficial visits to Louisville in the past year, including the Cardinals season-ending win over Rutgers. Bass is scheduled to visit Maryland next week, but if all goes well on his visit don't be shocked if Bass elects to end his recruitment with a commitment to the Cardinals. The Cards need a quarterback badly in this class and Bass might want to beat Ohio standout Zach Stoudt to the punch.

Dempsey, a junior college prospect from California, is a former teammate of current UofL DB Woodny Turenne. He's visited Michigan State but recently told that Louisville tops his list. If you are scoring this one at home, Dempsey is the most likely to commit to the Cards this weekend.

Will Aundre Dean visit?

Secondary Help?

Steve Kragthorpe said this week that he is looking to improve his secondary with this class. Louisville is expected to host a trio of defensive backs this weekend: Gerald Moore, Louis Watson and Andrew Taglianetti.

Moore, a 6'0, 190 -pound safety from Washington DC, hopes Louisville will extend an offer during his visit. Moore has told recently that if the Cardinals offer he'd likely commit. Moore was being recruited by former assistant Mike Mallory.

Louisville would love to land a commitment from Watson, a speedy corner from Mobile, AL. Watson has visited Mississippi State and Purdue and has one more visit scheduled to Marshall (Jan. 18) after his trip to Louisville.

Taglianetti, a cornerback from Pittsburgh, is also considering Toledo and Pittsburgh. A teammate of former commit Tino Sunseri, Taglianetti sounds highly interested in Louisville. Are the Cardinals equally enamored with Taglianetti, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Class AAAA Player of the Year?

Commits Visiting

Two players that have already given verbal commitments to Louisville - Damion Dixon and Terrance Frederick – will visit this weekend.

Dixon, a three-star wide receiver from Louisiana, missed most of his senior season with a knee injury. He's back to full strength now and making his mark on the hardwood for his high school.

Frederick, a teammate of Aundre Dean at Katy, gave a commitment to Louisville over the holiday break. He recorded eight interceptions this season to help lead Katy to the 5-A Texas state title.

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