Football Recruiting Notebook

InsideTheVille.com's 'Football Recruiting Notebook' is jampacked with information about new Louisville offers, including one of the top quarterbacks in Florida, and a trio of talented defensive prospects from Pennsylvania.

Star Florida QB claims Louisville offer

Jacoby Brissett, a 6'5, 225-pound quarterback from Palm Beach Gardens (FL) Dwyer, claims Louisville recently offered him a scholarship. Brissett, a three-star prospect, led his team to Florida's Class 4-A state championship last season. As a junior, Brissett, rated the No. 33 QB in the country, threw for 1,496 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 296 yards and had five interceptions.

"I've gotten recent offers from Florida State, Louisville, North Carolina, Texas A&M, and South Carolina," Brissett told Scout.com.

Brissett, who also has offers from Boston College, LSU, Rutgers, Wisconsin and West Virginia, told Scout.com that he remains "wipe open" on the recruiting front.

Louisville offers Cincinnati standouts

Louisville hit Cincinnati hard last year, landing Dominique Brown, Preston Brown and Ty Dixon from the Queen City. The Cardinals intent to raid Cincy again this year and already have offers out to several Queen City prospects, including TE Benson Brown, OL Donovan Clark and LB Steve Daniels.

Last week, Louisville sent out three more offers to Cincinnati standouts, including three-star Colerain teammates Chris Dukes and Trayion Durham. Dukes and Durham attend the same high school as 2010 Louisville signee Ty Dixon. The Cardinals also recently offered Sycamore OL Justin Murray.

Dukes, a 5'9, 160-pound cornerback, told InsideTheVille.com that Louisville's offer moved the Cardinals to the top of his list of favorites. Rated the No. 46 cornerback in the country, Dukes also holds offers from Colorado, Boston College and Pittsburgh and recently made a visit to Boston College. He says he's planning to visit Louisville this summer.

Durham, a 6'2, 200-pound fullback, holds offers from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Colorado, Cincinnati, Boston College and Indiana. He's rated the No. 1 fullback nationally by Scout.com. He rushed for 1,113 yards and 14 touchdowns last season.

Murray, a 6'5, 250-pound offensive lineman, holds offers from Indiana, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Illinois, Memphis and a host of MAC programs. Editor's note: Murray committed to Cincinnati last week.

Louisville offers Florida running back

The Louisville coaching staff recently made phone contact with Tre Mason, one of the top running backs in Florida. Mason, who holds an offer from the Cardinals, rushed for 1,460 yards and 24 touchdowns as a junior.

Mason, 5'9, 180, runs a 4.4 forty, and is ranked the No. 34 running back nationally. A three-star prospect, Mason claims more than a dozen offers, including from Minnesota, Cincinnati, Duke, FAU, FIU, Rutgers, Maryland, Ole Miss and Wisconsin.

Considered one of the top offensive players in talent-laden Palm Beach County, Mason rushed for over 3,000 yards and 44 touchdowns the past two years.

Cardinals offer PA stars


Armstead Williams
Louisville offered Monroeville (PA) Gateway teammates Armstead Williams and Dondi Kirby last week. The Cardinals also offered Philadelphia Northeast DE Deion Barnes.

Williams, a three-star prospect rated the No. 54 OLB prospect nationally, plays on both sides of the ball in high school (running back). The 6'3, 200-pound Williams has offers from Maryland, Boston College, Michigan, Illinois and NC State.

Kirby, a 6'1, 185-pound wide receiver/defensive back, is a big-time talent. Kirby has a ton of offers, including Ohio State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, North Carolina, Michigan and NC State. Kirby was one of the top prospects at the State College Nike Camp this month. Kirby projects as a safety at the next level.

Barnes, a 6'5, 220-pound defensive end, is one of the top rising prospects in Pennsylvania this spring. As a junior, Barnes made 64 tackles, including 25 for loss, and 8 sacks. Barnes has picked up several offers this spring, including Penn State, Michigan, Pittsburgh, Virginia, South Carolina and West Virginia.


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