Big recruiting weekend taking shape

With just six known verbal commitments, Louisville is lagging behind the rest of its Big East competitors in the recruiting wars. But the Cardinals are hoping to make up some ground with a big recruiting weekend later this month.

In two weeks, when Louisville hosts Middle Tennessee at PJCS, Steve Kragthorpe and the Cardinals will have several important prospects in town on official visits. It promises to be a potentially huge recruiting weekend for a Louisville program in desperate need of some commitments for 2009.

The visitor list will be headlined by Petey Smith, a four-star linebacker from Seffner (FL) Armwood. Smith is ranked the No. 14 middle linebacker prospect nationally by and has ties to the Louisville program – his father graduated from UofL. Smith currently favors Alabama but is also considering Louisville, Auburn and Tennessee.

Louisville commit Mike Privott will also be an extremely important visitor for the Cardinals. Privott has wavered on his commitment this fall but recently said he intends to sign with Louisville in February. His visit could further help solidify his verbal commitment for the Cards.

Joining Privott will be junior Norfolk (VA) Lake Taylor teammate Travis Williams. Williams, a 6-3, 200-pound outside linebacker, is very high on the Cardinals and could end up following Privott to Louisville if he has a good visit. Williams' Top 3 consists of Louisville, West Virginia and NC State.

Julius Forte, a three-star defensive end from Gulfport (FL) Boca Ciega, plans to visit. Forte, ranked the No. 51 DE prospect nationally, could be the edge rusher Louisville needs in this recruiting class. He recorded 50 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior and is also considering NC State, Purdue and Ole Miss. Forte has already made official visits to Purdue and NC State.

Louisville will also host a pair of two-star wide receivers – Timothy Smith and Marcus McNeal. Smith, who runs a 4.34 forty, is ranked the No. 151 WR prospect nationally. He hails from Chesapeake (VA) Oscar Smith and is a friend of Mike Privott's. Smith's three leaders consist of Louisville, West Virginia and Virginia.

McNeal, from Lakewood, Fla., is rated the No. 161 wide receiver nationally. McNeal, whose sister resides in Louisville, lists the Cardinals in his top four along with Iowa State, West Virginia and Ole Miss. He runs a 4.34 forty and is a two-star prospect by

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