U of L football: Recruiting nuggets

With the recent success on the recruiting front, University of Louisville football fans are likely watching and waiting for the next commitment. The Cardinals have 14 for the Class of 2014 already and are in on a ton of other prospects. Here are a few updates from the U of L football recruiting world:


The University of Louisville's latest offer went out on Monday to Austell, Ga., South Cobb High School defensive end Justin Jones.

The 6-foot-2, 260-pound Jones is ranked as the No. 29 defensive tackle in the country by Scout.com but is likely going to move to the end in college.

Jones, a three-star prospect, picked up his first offer last month from Miami, Fla., and also holds offers from Mississippi State, Georgia State, Wake Forest, Marshall, Duke and Central Florida.

In one analysis of his game by Scout.com the comment was: "He has great feet, he moved very well in the position drills, the inside run, and the team on this day. He is a nimble defensive lineman who can move."


Franklin, Ohio, High School sophomore Luke Kennard made a basketball visit to the U of L campus last summer and is considered top-100 prospect in hoops.

But Kennard is also a standout on the football field.

The 6-foot-4, 170-pound Kennard has basketball offers from Indiana, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier, West Virginia, Dayton and Purdue.

Now, Kennard has his first football offer – Louisville. Kennard told Scout.com national basketball analyst Brian Snow the Cardinals recently offered.

In football, Kennard is considered a top quarterback prospect.

"I would say I like basketball more right now, but my high school football coaches think I can be a pretty big quarterback, so I will just see where I go from here," Kennard told Snow.


Quarterbacks have been the talk recently with the U of L staff and the Cardinals offers another signal-caller this week.

Olive Branch, Miss., standout Ross Trail, a member of the Class of 2015, has now picked up offers from U of L and Memphis.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Trail moved from Arkansas recently and is also hearing from the Razorbacks, Missouri and Mississippi.

Trail is a pro-style quarterback expected to camp at U of L this summer.


U of L became the sixth scholarship offer for Mount Dora, Fla., cornerback Von Davis, considered one of the top Class of 2015 prospects in the Orlando area.

The 6-foot, 175-pound Davis added his U of L offer to those he already had from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Florida International, Georgia Southern and Wisconsin.

As a freshman, Davis played both sides of the ball and caught 29 passes for 630 yards and five touchdowns as a wide receiver. He had 35 tackles, two interceptions and also came up with a fumble recovery on defense.

Davis, who plays basketball also at Mount Dora, has been timed in 4.4 seconds for the 40-yard dash.


Duncan, S.C., Byrnes standout wide receiver Tavin Richardson already holds offers from Clemson, Louisville and Boston College.

The 6-foot-4, 205-pound member of the Class of 2015 is expected to visit U of L this summer and the Cardinals were supposed to have a coach watching him during the Byrnes spring scrimmage this weekend.

Richardson could emerge as one of the top wide receivers in the class and certainly will be a top target for the Cardinals.

His brother, Torian, is a former standout at East Carolina and Tavin had over 600 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns as a sophomore.

He's also hearing from Georgia Tech, Maryland and North Carolina State.

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