Cincinnati standout visits Louisville

Louisville raided Cincinnati last year to sign three of the top prospects in the city. From the look of things, Steve Kragthorpe plans to recruit Cincinnati hard again in 2009. Last weekend, the Cardinals hosted one of the top wide receivers from the Queen City for junior day. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

Louisville raided Cincinnati last year to sign three of the top prospects in the city. From the look of things, Steve Kragthorpe plans to recruit Cincinnati hard again in 2009. Last weekend, the Cardinals hosted one of the top wide receivers from the Queen City for junior day. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

"It was nice," Jordan Hopgood said. "I met with all the coaches and ate breakfast with them and stuff like that. Then we went over to the in-door practice field and they talked to us in individual meetings. And then we watched the scrimmage and I liked what I saw."

Hopgood, a talented athlete who plays both wide receiver and quarterback, has been receiving interest from Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Northwestern, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Stanford, Toledo and Akron.

"Ohio State likes him. Most of the Big 10 schools are interested in both of them, Duckworth and Hopgood," Leach said. "Indiana. Duke likes him. They were out here looking at him. UC's trying to keep him here in town. They don't want to lose him."

Hopgood, who visited Louisville last Saturday and watched the Cardinals scrimmage at PJCS, picked up his first scholarship offer last week.

"Right now his only offer is from Eastern Michigan. They just offered the other day," said Leach. "He's about 6-1, 190 right now. He's a receiver/quarterback. We run the spread and he's our backup quarterback. He's a slot receiver and he's very physical."

As a junior, Hopgood caught 25 passes for 432 yards (17.3 average) and six touchdowns. Hopgood was a second team All-Conference selection last year.

"He's got all the tools and he's got real good speed," Leach said. "I think 4.45 is the fastest we've clocked him at."

Former Louisville linebacker Gary Croley is an assistant at Princeton and went with Hopgood on his visit with the Cardinals last weekend.

"I would characterize Louisville's interest as very high," Leach said. "One of my assistants took him down there and from what I understand the (Louisville) coach made it a point to find out what his name was and where he was from. My assistant said they sort of separated him from the group to try to find out a little more about him."

"Sophomore year Louisville was my first choice over every other school," Hopgood said. "So it was big when I heard from them. That's why I took it to Louisville because I had a choice to make between Kentucky and Louisville's junior day and I chose Louisville. I hadn't heard from them until I got the junior day invite.

"I like the city and the campus. Coach Croley went there and he knew where everything was at. We took a tour and it's not too far from our house. The facilities were real nice. Everything was brand new. I like the offense and that there is more passing than running. I'm a receiver and I'll take that any day."

Hopgood will attend the Nike Camp on May 9th. He's also planning to attend several college camps this summer. "I'm also going to a couple of senior camps," Hopgood said. "I'm going to Louisville for sure. I went there last year. I'm also going to Ohio State and Cincinnati for sure."


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