Due to an interest to bring this back, here we go with the first one in quite a while. Please feel free to send any recommendations or questions my way and I will try to do my best to answer them!
** This UofL/N.C State game is setting up to be a huge recruiting weekend for Louisville. While it sounds like most of the current commits plan to be there, we are also keeping our eye out on some uncommitted guys who are high atop the wish list. Side note: most/all current commits will be taking their official visits after the season ends because the coaching staff likes to be able to sit down and spend more time with them 1 on 1.
** Russ Yeast is probably Louisville’s #1 target and he will be taking his official visit to UofL this weekend. While the general consensus is that he plans to wait until he takes all 5 official visits to decide, the Louisville coaching staff would love if he pulled the trigger and committed this weekend. Is it possible? I think so, but if no commitment happens I do not take it as a bad thing whatsoever. Louisville is in a great position to land him.
** Miami 4* DB/S commit Brian Edwards also plans to be on campus this weekend for an official visit. As some of you may remember, Edwards was committed to Louisville a while back. He is a legitimate talent at 6’4″ he has great speed and is very physical. Louisville will try to get him back in the fold once again and several sources close to the situation think this one has a very good chance at materializing. We will be watching closely.
** Staying in the secondary, Louisville is also expecting MS 4* safety CJ Avery on an official visit this weekend. My inclination is that it will be very difficult to pull Avery from his home state of Mississippi, although Avery has been very consistent with his interest in Louisville.
** One more defensive back to keep an eye on is Eric Stokes. The 3* 6’0″ 170lbs prospect from Georgia is taking an official visit to Louisville on December 2nd. Stokes said he has been receiving interest from Ole Miss, LSU, Florida, Missouri, West Virginia, and Purdue along with Louisville. Not only does he have great size for a corner, Stokes also has speed. According to his profile he is a 400m, 200m, and 100m track champion, was the fastest prospect at “The Opening Atlanta” and has a 4.33 second 40 yard dash.
** UPDATE: Colin Wilson has made the running back situation a little more clear with his commitment to Louisville today. Damon Williams and AJ Davis are now the top two candidates for the final spot. Williams is visiting this weekend and has been in constant contact with the staff. If I had to guess I think Williams takes that last running back spot. 2 4-star running backs in the class? That would be a home-run recruiting class.
** Another recruit that is committed elsewhere, Quinton Bohanna (UK), is one of the staff’s top targets at the defensive tackle position primarily due to his size and athleticism. With Louisville trying to snag a big time DT in the 2017 class, Bohanna along with Lee Autry, Tyrone Truesdell, Ben Hutch, and recently offered Krojhn Calbert are the main targets at the position.
UPDATE: Louisville offered Noah Ellis and Elijah Conliffe. While Conliffe seems to be an Alabama lean, look for Louisville to put a full court press to see if they can convince him to join the class. I will have more on this later.
** I am expecting Louisville to take a kicker in this class, although at this time I do not have any names to report. We will keep an eye on this one and update you as we get some.
UPDATE: 2 kickers to keep an eye on, North Oldham HS Jakson Wine & Northwestern commit Charlie Kuhbander.
** Louisville recently offered class of 2018 dual threat QB David McCullum. McCullum attends the same high school that produced current Louisville freshman Dez Fitzpatrick, Waterford Mott (MI). His film is very impressive and it is easy to see why Louisville gave him his first scholarship offer.
** It seems Louisville may be entertaining taking another WR in the 2017 class, although I am not sure how serious they are in this regard. If they do two names to remember are Leroy Henley and Shawn Smith.