Football Recruiting Notebook's Football Recruiting Notebook is jampacked with updates from the recruiting trail, including a recent visit to Louisville by four-star Maryland cornerback Blake Countess.

Louisville already holds commitments from 2011 corners Jacques Kirk and Eric Robinson, but Charlie Strong's Cards continue to search for more help at the position of need in this recruiting class.

One prospect Louisville has their eyes on is Blake Countess, a four-star cornerback from Olney (MD) Our Lady Good Counsel. Rated the No. 18 nationally by, Countess, 5'10, 174, recently made an unofficial visit to Louisville.

"At Louisville, Coach Strong seems like he's really going to turn the program around," Countess told "Everyone on that coaching staff he's brought in seems really hungry and motivated to make changes."

Countess also recently visited Virginia, and camped at Virginia Tech. Countess plans to make an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech this summer and attend camps at North Carolina and Tennessee.

Louisville in Florida DE's Top 5

Jordan Williams, a 6'4, 245-pound defensive end from Gainesville (FL) HS, has become a hot recruiting prospect this spring. Williams register 70 tackles and six sacks as a junior at P.K. Young HS but didn't garner scholarship offers. Now, since transferring to Gainesville, Williams gained 20 pounds and added 16 offers.

Williams, who runs a 4.4 forty, told that Louisville is among his favorites.

Florida defensive end Jordan Williams likes Louisville.
"I would say my top five would be Arkansas, Oregon, USF, Maryland and Louisville," Williams said. "I came from P.K. in January and had absolutely no looks from any colleges at all. I came to JHS and now I have got 16 offers after the spring. It was such a drastic change."

Williams is currently ranked a two-star prospect.

News, Notes

Torrey Campbell, a three-star running back from Naples (FL) Barron Collier, told that Louisville is one of his favorite schools and that he plans to visit the Cardinals this summer.

"My Top 5 [are] Iowa, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky and Boston College," Campbell said.

Victor Nelson, a three-star offensive lineman from Park Ridge (ILL) Main South, told's Allen Wallace that his Top 5 consists of Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Indiana, Louisville and Boston College.

Nelson said he favors Wisconsin and Vanderbilt. Nelson is ranked the No. 33 offensive lineman nationally. Nelson has visited both schools but neither has offered a scholarship to the 6'7, 285-pound lineman.

Darius Powell, a 6'0, 205 linebacker from Florida, camped at Louisville earlier this summer. Powell told that Louisville, Duke and Marshall are his three favorite schools. Powell, who said the Thundering Heard are his favorite, doesn't have an offer from the Cardinals.

David Dagrin, an outside linebacker from Miami (FL) Jackson HS, told that he's been hearing from Louisville, Duke and Tennessee State. Dagrin, a 6'3, 200, doesn't hold any offers at this time.

Zeke Pike, one of Louisville's top 2012 targets, recently attended Auburn's camp and landed a scholarship offer from the Tigers coaching staff. A 6'5, 225-pound QB, Pike holds an offer from the Cardinals.

Massachusetts linebacker Mike Orloff recently committed to Iowa over offers from Boston College and Louisville. Orloff participated in Louisville's football camp in June.

TJ Worthy, a wide receiver target on Louisville's recruiting board, appears close to a commitment to Ole Miss.

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