Louisville makes early in-state offers

Louisville struck out in their own backyard for the first time since 2001 and landed just two scholarship players from Kentucky in their 2009 recruiting class. Steve Kragthorpe has several early offers out to top 2010 Kentucky prospects and hopes the Cardinals land more in-state talent next year.

Tate Nichols, a 6-7, 240-pound tight end from Union (KY) Ryle, already has four offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Stanford. After earning his scholarship offer after a camp performance this past summer, Nichols is not sure where he stands with the Cardinals after news came out that Coach Jeff Brohm was leaving the program for Florida Atlantic.

"I went down to Louisville my sophomore year and have been talking with Coach Brohm since then. He's now gone to Florida Atlantic and I'm not sure where I stand with Louisville or if I even have an offer there anymore. I'm sure I'll hear from them at some point letting me know where I stand. Louisville offered me when I went down to their camp this past year."

The Cardinals have also offered northern Kentucky standout Austin Collinsworth, a 6-0, 175-pound defensive back from Highlands. Collinsworth, the son of former NFL star Chris Collinsworth, also has offers from Kentucky and Cincinnati.

"Louisville was kind of a surprise. I'd been told they really liked me down there and I had been invited to some games, but I didn't expect an offer," Collinsworth told Scout.com. "Head coach Steve Kragthorpe somehow contacted my dad and they talked. The next thing I knew it showed up in the mail."

Louisville has also offered a pair of Louisville (KY) Central standouts – LB Tim Patterson and WR Stephan Robinson.

Patterson, the No. 1 prospect in Kentucky and a four-star prospect, also holds an offer from Kentucky. The 6-5, 220-pound Patterson led Central to back-to-back state championships the past two seasons and was the Yellow Jackets leading tackler in each season. Though Patterson is a reported "die-hard" Louisville fan, the Cardinals will have to slow Kentucky's recruiting moment in west Louisville. The Wildcats already have four former Central players on their roster – DT's Corey Peters, Joe Scott and Mister Cobble and LB Ridge Wilson.

"His family is all Louisville fans, and he never takes a U of L shirt off," Central coach Ty Scroggins, a former UofL player, told Chip Cosby of the Lexington-Herald Leader. "But that doesn't necessarily mean that's where he's going to go. It doesn't hurt when four guys from your high school are at Kentucky."

Robinson is a speedy, 5-9, 165-pound WR/DB who runs the 40 yard dash in the 43.-4.4 range. Robinson had 120 receiving yards in the state championship game, including a 65-yard touchdown. He also holds an offer from Illinois. Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan State are also involved.

"If I had to decide right now, it would be Illinois," Robinson told Scout.com last week.

Miles Simpson, a 6-2, 190-pound RB/DB from Independence (KY) Simon Kenton, holds early offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Cincinnati and Indiana. Projected as a safety in college, Simpson rushed for 1,017 yards and 15 touchdowns last season. Simpson made unofficial visits last fall to both Louisville and Cincinnati.

"Louisville was nice, but I felt Cincinnati was even nicer. When I went to Louisville they really didn't show us around and Cincinnati gave us the whole tour," Simpson told Scout.com. "I was really impressed with Cincinnati's training and medical facilities. The game was also close and I really enjoyed watching them play defense. I could see myself playing there."

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