Recruiting

Report: Louisville Will No Longer Recruit Antonio Blakeney

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Photo | Kelly Kline

Shortly after announcing that he had decided to reopen his recruiting, five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney made it clear that despite his de-commitment from Louisville, he was still very high on the Cardinal program.

Unfortunately for Blakeney, it doesn’t appear that the feeling is mutual. Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority was the first to report that Rick Pitino and his staff will no longer pursue the five star prospect.

Blakeney was committed to Louisville for just 11 days before backing out. The Florida native was one of Rick Pitino’s top targets in the 2015 class for well over a year. He gave Pitino a verbal commitment three days after taking an official visit to the UofL campus.

Kentucky, Oregon, LSU and Missouri are reportedly the four schools that Blakeney will now consider.

Will Pitino & His Staff Shift Their Attention To Perry Dozier?

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Photo: Kelly Kline – Under Armour

With Antonio Blakeney’s recent decision to reopen his recruiting, the question now is what will be the next move for Rick Pitino and his staff. Prior to Blakeney’s commitment, it was pretty much assumed that Louisville was finished with the 2015 class.

Although Blakeney says he’s still considering Louisville and is very high on the Cardinal program, I’d say it’s a long shot that he ends up signing with Pitino. It’s still a possibility, but I doubt it happens.

It’s still a little too early to know exactly what the Louisville staff will do, but don’t be surprised if they shift their attention to 6-foot-6 guard Perry Dozier. The Charleston, S.C., native was scheduled to take an official visit to Louisville in early October but that visit was cancelled and never got reschedule once Antonio Blakeney gave Louisville a commitment.

Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal recently spoke with Dozier’s father who claims that Louisville would still be in considering if they reached out. It sounds like Pitino and his staff didn’t show much interest once Blakeney was on board.

Dozier is rated as a five star prospect by ESPN and is considered to be one of the top 30 players in the 2015 class. He’s currently being pursued by Georgetown, Michigan, North Carolina, South Caroline and Maryland.

Antonio Blakeney’s Coach Says The Decommitment Had Nothing To Do With Shoe Companies

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Photo: JD Coffey

The Louisville fan base received some unfortunate news on Monday evening as five star guard Antonio Blakeney announced that he would be reopening his recruiting. Blakeney was verbally committed to Louisville for just 11 days before deciding to put himself back on the market.

A Tweet sent out by national recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer led folks to believe that Blakaney’s decision to reopen his recruiting was shoe company related. The five star scoring guard has been playing for Nike sponsored AAU clubs for a couple of years now. As you know, Louisville is branded by adidas.

Steve Jones of the Courier-Journal caught up with Blakeney’s high school coach Alex Jackson shortly after the decommitment and Jackson claims that the decision had nothing to do with show companies.

Jackson also tells Jones that he hopes Louisville continues to recruit Blakeney. The 6-foot-4 scoring guard apparently feels the same way.

At this point, I’d be surprised if Louisville still pursues Blakeney. If history repeats itself, Rick Pitino will move on to targeting other prospects and let Blakeney go his own way. If he ends up still wanting to come to Louisville after visiting and talking with other programs, I don’t think Pitino would turn him away. That said, I find it highly unlikely that Blakeney will want to come to Louisville when it’s all said and done.

Jerry Meyer reports that Blakeney is will schedule visits to Missouri, Kentucky, Oregon and LSU, which are all Nike schools.

Antonio Blakeney Has Decommitted From Louisville

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Photo: JD Coffey

The Louisville Cardinal fan base hasn’t had much to cheer about within the past 48 hours. Just two days after the first football loss of the season, we’ve learned some unfortunate news regarding the basketball program.

ESPN national recruiting analyst Reggie Rankin was the first to report that five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney has informed the Louisville staff that he has reopened his recruiting.

“I made a quick and emotional decision based on some of the wrong reasons,” Blakeney tells Rankin. “I really loved my visit and everything about Louisville and I am still strongly considering them.”

Blakeny verbally committed to Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals on Sept. 4 following an official visit to the UofL campus. Louisville had been considered the leader for Blakeney for quite some time. His commitment helped Louisville climb to No. 1 in the 2015 recruiting class rankings.

According to Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority, Rick Pitino was expected to be in Florida to see Blakeney on Wednesday. It sounds like he’s since cancelled that trip.

When committing to Louisville, Blaekeny was also considering Kentucky, Oregon, USC, LSU and Missouri. He had also previously been recruited by Florida and North Carolina.

Jerry Meyer of 247Sports.com reports that Blakeney’s decision was shoe company related?

Prior to his commitment to Louisville, Blakeney was scheduled to attend Kentucky’s annual Big Blue Madness event. I imagine he’ll now be taking that visit to Lexington and I’d consider Kentucky to be the leaders at this point.

We’ll have more as the story develops.

Video: Donovan Mitchell Summer Highlights

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Photo: Kelly Kline Under Armour

Since the fall recruiting period began earlier this week, Louisville head coach Rick Pitino has been making his rounds in the northeastern region of the country. On Wednesday he stopped by Brewster Academy to see one of his four commitments, five star shooting guard Donovan Mitchell. The New York native is one of the main reasons why Louisville’s 2015 class is rated as the nation’s best. Here are some summer highlights, courtesy of RIAffiliated.

Pitino Visits With Top 2016 Prospect On First Day Of Fall Recruiting Period

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Photo | Nike

With commitments from Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, Donovan Mitchell and Antonio Blakeney, Rick Pitino now has the top ranked 2015 recruiting class in the country. The program has never been better from a recruiting standpoint, but that doesn’t mean coach Pitino will slow down anytime soon.

Pitino spent the first day of the fall recruiting period checking in with one of the top overall players in the 2016 class. According to Adam Zagoria of SNY.TV, Rick Pitino spent about two hours on the campus of the Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, N.J. to see 6-foot-5 shooting guard Tyus Battle.

The New Jersey native is widely considered to be one of the top overall players in the 2016 class.

“Tyus is a top priority for them,” Battle’s coach tells SNY.tv after the visit. “He thinks Tyus can play multiple positions in his system and he loves Tyus’s length and athleticism.”

Battle took an unofficial visit to Louisville in mid-June and he appears to be one of the Louisville staff’s top targets in 2016. Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson established a relationship with Battle long ago while he was still at Indiana.

Alabama Linebacker Chooses Louisville Over South Carolina & Tennessee

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Bobby Petrino and the Louisville football program’s momentum on the recruiting trail continued on Tuesday afternoon as Petrino picked up his second commitment of the week.

Via his Twitter account, Amonte Caban, a four star linebacker from Smith’s Station, AL., announced that he has verbally committed to Louisville.

Caban chose Louisville over South Carolina and Tennessee. He also had offers from Clemson, Cincinnati, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Mississippi State, among others.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound, inside linebacker is the 18th commitment for Louisville in the 2015 class. Caban is the fourth recruit from the state of Alabama to commit to the Cards this year, joining athlete Traveon Samuel, defensive end Tim Bonner and offensive lineman Troy Thingstad.

Scout.com ranks Caban as the 12th best middle linebacker in the country from the 2015 class. As a junior in 2013, he finished with 140 tackles and three sacks.

The Louisville Football Staff Is Getting Creative With Their Recruiting Efforts

Recruiting is one of the toughest and most competitive components of collegiate football. Even the best coaches in the country will tell you that if you’re not getting the top talent, it’s hard to consistently compete with the perennial college football powers.

Bobby Petrino and his staff have recently picked up some serious momentum on the recruiting trail. We all know that the staff has a lot to sell when trying to lure a recruit to commit to the University of Louisville. But even when you have a lot to offer, you’ve still got to be as creative as possible and it appears that is exactly what they’re doing.

Josh Wariboko a four star offensive lineman from Oklahoma City sent out a Tweet on Monday night showing some of the recent recruiting mail he’s received from the Louisville staff. Wariboko is one of the top offensive lineman in the country and has offers from a handful of elite programs. The Cards aren’t the favorite, but they’re in the mix.

Louisville already has a commitment from Khane Pass, a three star safety from Columbus, GA. The staff is now after his younger brother, Jawon Pass, one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the 2016 class. Knane sent out this Tweet on Monday evening.