Louisville hosts top football recruits

While it's an important recruiting weekend for Rick Pitino's Louisville basketball program, Charlie Strong also will welcome dozens of 2011, 2012 and 2013 prospects to campus for Saturday's season-opener against Kentucky.

While it's an important recruiting weekend for Rick Pitino's Louisville basketball program, Charlie Strong also will welcome dozens of 2011, 2012 and 2013 prospects to campus for Saturday's season-opener against Kentucky.

Nearly half of Louisville's 2011 commits are expected to attend Saturday's game against Kentucky, including Seneca quarterback DaMarcus Smith, Ballard wide out DeVante Parker, Fern Creek standouts Jerrell Moore, Jamon Brown and Jalen Harrington. Three-star Indianapolis Warren Central cornerback Eric Robinson, Russellville, Ala., linebacker Robert Terrell and Central Hardin kicker John Wallace are also expected to attend.

Smith, who missed last season with a knee injury, has thrown for more than 400 yards and five touchdowns while leading Seneca to a 2-0 record this season. Seneca has a big game Friday night against Fern Creek, which features Louisville commits Moore, Harrington and Brown.

Ohio LB Steven Daniels
Parker, a four-star prospect, had six receptions for 179 yards and a touchdown in Ballard's win over Pleasure Ridge Park, then had 8 for 137 yards and two scores in a 35-34 loss to St. Xavier, the defending state champions.

Louisville is also expected to host three stars from Cincinnati, Ohio - Colerain cornerback Chris Dukes, St. Xavier linebacker Steven Daniels and Winton Woods linebacker Antonio Poole. Louisville has offered scholarships to all three players.

Dukes, a three-star prospect, told InsideTheVille.com this week that Louisville is his favorite and there's a "strong possibility" that he'll give Charlie Strong a verbal commitment during his visit to campus this weekend. Dukes is a former teammate of UofL linebacker Tyon Dixon, who will redshirt this season.

Daniels, who attends the same high school as current Louisville players Greg Scruggs, Stephon Ball and Darius Ashley, is a three-star outside linebacker who also holds offers from Michigan State, Boston College, Kentucky, and West Virginia, among others.

Poole, a four-star linebacker, is a former teammate of Louisville frosh. quarterback Dominique Brown. Though Cincinnati, Kentucky and Purdue appear strong with Poole, Louisville is trying to move up his list.

Another 2011 prospect with an offer from Louisville is Simpsonville, SC linebacker Mike Rose. Rose told InsideTheVille.com that he will make an unofficial visit to Louisville this weekend. Rose, a three-star outside backer, also holds offers from Maryland, Wake Forest, Kentucky and East Carolina.

Louisville St. X running back Lamont McMurry and Elizabethtown tight end Mitchell Henry will be guests on the sideline.

Two 2011 Kentucky commits are also expected to visit Louisville this weekend. Four-star Eastern tight end Jon Davis and St. Xavier cornerback Daylen Hall both plan to check out the Cardinals. While the Cardinals didn't offer Hall before he committed to Kentucky, Charlie Strong continues to try to sway Davis, Scout.com's No. 7-ranked tight end nationally.

Indiana commit Forisee Hardin is also expected to visit Louisville. Hardin, a safety prospect from Ballard, doesn't have an offer from the Cardinals.

2012 Prospects

Louisville will host a large contingent of 2012 prospects, headlined by Zeke Pike, Kentucky's top junior quarterback. Pike, who holds offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Auburn, Florida, and others, is considered one of the top quarterbacks nationally in his recruiting class.

Kentucky QB Zeke Pike
Joe Manley, a 6'6, 315-pound offensive lineman, is one of the top 2012 prospects in Kentucky. The Bowling Green native holds an offer from Kentucky and also visited Louisville last month. He's expected to check out the Cardinals again this weekend.

Several of the top juniors from Louisville will also visit Louisville this weekend, including Moore wide receiver Mekale McKay and Western cornerback Jalen Boyd. McKay and Boyd are considered serious recruiting targets for Strong's program.

Boyd, a 6'1, 185-pound defensive back, is one of the state's top juniors. McKale, a 6'4, 170-pound wide receiver, had a huge game against North Oldham last month, catching four passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns. McKay also had an 80 yard scoring run against North Oldham.

Three of the top 2012 running backs from Louisville also are expected to be guests of the Cardinals. Male's Ronjae Morris (5‘9, 150), Central's Anthony Wales (5'10, 170) and Valley standout Ricardo Hayden (6‘1, 200), all received invites from UofL.

Other 2012 prospects of note that are expected to be in attendance: Seneca DL Tyrone Pearson (6‘3, 285), Southwestern DL Rob Lewis (6‘4, 280), Rowan County QB Adam Wing (6‘3, 195), Henry Clay WR Vincent Miller (5‘11, 170), Middlesboro QB Chase Roark (6‘4, 210), and Central Hardin DL Patrick Graffree (6‘4, 245).

2013 Prospects

The top three sophomores in Kentucky are expected to visit Louisville for the season-opener against Kentucky. Trinity standouts James Quick and Jason Hatcher will visit, as will Lexington's Kyle Bolin.

Trinity WR James Quick
Quick, the son of former Louisville football player Ronya Quick, is one of the most explosive prospects in the state. The 6'1, 175-pound wide receiver already holds a verbal offer from Charlie Strong's Cards. Quick could be the next ‘big-time' prospect out of Louisville.

If Quick is a ‘big-time' prospect, so is his teammate Jason Hatcher. The 6'3, 235-pound defensive lineman also holds a verbal offer from Louisville and made a name for himself on the summer camp circuit.

Bolin, the top quarterback prospect in the sophomore class, won QB MVP honors at the NUC Midwest Ultimate100 camp this summer. The 6'3, 175-pound Bolin attends the same school as Louisville quarterback Justin Burke. Bolin has all the tools to be one of the nation's top quarterback prospects in his class.

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