Recruiting

Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell Already Embracing The In-State Rivalry

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Louisville commit Donovan Mitchell still has another season of prep ball before he’ll suit up in a Cardinal uniform, but he’s already embracing the Kentucky rivalry. Mitchell sent out this Tweet to the other two Louisville commitments from the 2015 class.

Mitchell is rated as a five star prospect and is considered to be one of the top 20 players in the country. Fans sure are going to love him.

H/T to CollegeSpun.com

Mississippi State Commit Will Visit Louisville This Weekend

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Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinal football program has hosted a number of visitors throughout the season and on Saturday they’ll have more than ten recruits on campus.

Mississippi State commit Keith Joseph Jr. is one of the handful of prospects expected to be on the sideline at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium tomorrow. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound, defensive end has been committed to Mississippi State since June, but apparently he’s still keeping his options open.

Louisville will likely have to quite a big impression on Joseph Jr. in order to flip him. The Pascagoula, MS., native is the son of Keith Joseph Sr. who played at Mississippi State in the early 90’s and also spent time in the NFL.

Joseph Jr. is rated as a three star prospect and also has scholarship offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Duke, Louisiana Lafayette. Louisville, Nebraska, Southern Miss and Tulane. Auburn and Ole Miss are showing interest but haven’t offered a scholarship yet.

Louisville hosted Joseph Jr. for their annual Junior Day in April. Just a couple of months later he committed to Mississippi State, but that didn’t stop Petrino and his staff from pursuing Joseph Jr. Assistant coach Terrell Buckley has been Louisville’s lead recruiter for the three star prospect.

One thing Louisville has going for them is that current Cardinal commit Jaylen Smith, a 6-foot-1 receiver, is high school teammates with Joseph Jr. Smith will also be taking a visit to Louisville this weekend.

As mentioned, it’ll take a lot to flip Joseph Jr., considering his father played at Miss State and the Bulldogs are the top ranked team in the country. That said, who wouldn’t want to play for Todd Grantham’s topn ranked defense?

Bobby Petrino Lands A Verbal Commitment From Oklahoma Quarterback

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Photo: KFOR

Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinal football program picked up their second commitment from the 2016 class on Saturday morning. Keaton Torre, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound, quarterback from Edmond, OK., announced via his Twitter account that he has verbally committed to Louisville.

Torre joins Baylen Buchanan, a cornerback from Suwanee, GA., as the only other verbal pledge for Louisville in the 2016 class.

The Oklahoma native doesn’t have any other notable offers, but he’s receiving interest from Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas and others.

Louisville offensive coordinator Garrick McGee played a huge role in the Torre’s recruitment.

Louisville Commit Dahu Green Lands No. 1 Play On Sports Center With Crazy TD Catch

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Future Cardinal wide receiver Dahu Green has landed himself on Sports Center’s Top Plays prior to ever even suiting up in a Louisville uniform. Green made an insane one handed catch this past Friday in Westmoore High School’s 34-28 win over Normal High School. It was named the top player on Sports Center on Tuesday morning.

Green committed to Louisville in June, choosing the Cardinals over Cincinnati, Illinois, Tulsa, Virginia, and Washington State. He also had scholarship offers from Kentucky, San Diego State,Wake Forest, Southern Miss, Arkansas State and Indiana. The 6-foot-3, three star prospect is considered to be one of the top 60 wide receivers in the country.

Report: Pitino Showing Interest In 6-foot-11 Prospect From Spain

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Photo: 247 Sports

A little less than a month ago Rick Pitino’s 2015 recruiting class looked to be complete.

With commitments from Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding, Donovan Mitchell and Antonio Blakeney, we were convinced that Louisville had landed it’s best recruiting class in program history.

Unfortunately, you can never be too sure when it comes to recruiting. Teenagers are notoriously known for changing their mind on a daily basis and that is what Antonio Blakeney did less than two weeks after verbally committing to Louisville.

The staff then shifted their attention to four star point guard Perry Dozier who will be on campus for an official visit on Oct. 30.

As of right now, I’d say Dozier is the only serious target for Pitino and his staff in the 2015 class, but they’re reportedly showing interest in an up and coming prospect from Spain.

Justin Young of HoopSeen.com reports that Louisville is one of the few schools showing interest in 6-foot-11 Spain import Yankuba Sima.

Sima recently moved to the United States and attends Arlington Country Day in Jacksonville, FL. According to Young, the 6-foot-11 prospect has great size and is very athletic.

When speaking with Young, Sima claimed that Louisville, Maryland and Baylor are currently showing interest. He doesn’t have a recruiting profile on Scout, Rivals or ESPN. Sima’s profile on 247-Sports shows that he doesn’t currently hold any scholarship offers.

Perry Dozier Will Visit Louisville On Oct. 30 For The Florida State Football Game

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Photo: Kelly Kline – adidas

Less than 24-hours after an in-home visit with the Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson, four star guard Perry Dozier has scheduled an official visit to the University of Louisville.

The Columbia, S.C., native had been on Louisville’s radar throughout the spring and summer, but the staff stopped actively recruiting him once they landed a commitment from Blakeney earlier this month.

Within a little over a week’s time, the staff reestablished contact with Dozier and things appear to be heading in the right direction. He’ll be on Louisville’s campus for an official visit on Oct. 30 which just so happens to be the day of the Louisville football game against Florida State.

I can’t think of a more perfect day for Dozier to visit.

The four star guard is also being courted by South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgetown, Michigan and Maryland. With recruit only being allowed to take five official visits, it came down to Louisville and Maryland as to who would get the fifth and final visit.

Fortunately, Rick Pitino and Kenny Johnson worked the room well enough last night to convince Dozier into visiting the Derby City.

He’ll visit Michigan on Sept. 26, North Carolina on Oct. 3, Georgetown on Oct. 17 and South Carolina Oct. 24.

Perry Dozier Says His In Home Visit With Louisville Went Great

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Since the decommitment of five star guard Antonio Blakeney, Rick Pitino and his staff have shifted their attention to 6-foot-6 combo guard Perry Dozier. Although he’s not quite as highly regarded as Blakeney, Dozier would still be a great addition to Pitino’s already solid 2015 recruiting class.

The Columbia, S.C., native had been on Louisville’s radar throughout the spring and summer, but the staff stopped actively recruiting him once they landed a commitment from Blakeney earlier this month.

Within a little over a week’s time, the staff reestablished contact with Dozier and had an in-home visit with the four star prospect on Wednesday evening. According to Dozier’s Twitter account, that visit went well.

Dozier is also considering Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Louisville in early October but that visit was cancelled and has yet to be rescheduled.

The four star prospect has four official visits scheduled at this point. Michigan Sept. 26, North Carolina Oct. 3, Georgetown Oct. 17 and South Carolina Oct. 24. It appears that either Louisville or Maryland will get Dozier’s fifth and final official visit. Considering that his in home visit went well, I’d say Louisville certainly has a strong chance.

The Louisville Staff Will Have An In-Home Visit With Perry Dozier Next Week

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Photo: Kelly Kline – adidas

Very shorty after five star shooting guard Antonio Blakeney decided to reopen his recruiting, Rick Pitino and the Louisville staff decided to shift their attention to someone else.

That someone else happens to be four star combo guard Perry Dozier.

The 6-foot-6 Columbia, S.C., native had been on Louisville’s radar throughout the spring and summer, but the staff stopped actively recruiting him once they landed a commitment from Blakeney earlier this month.

As soon as Blakeney announced that he’d reopen his recruiting earlier this week, the Courier-Journal’s Steve Jones caught up with Dozier’s father who said that his son hadn’t heard from the Louisville staff yet.

That has since changed. Phil Kornblut of the Palmetto Post reports that the Louisville staff will have an in-home visit with Dozier next Wednesday.

“PJ was always the first choice at Louisville,” Dozier’s father says. “We’ll pull back (from Louisville) and see how things look.”

Dozier is also considering Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina and Michigan. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Louisville in early October but that visit was cancelled and has yet to be rescheduled.

The four star prospect has four official visits scheduled at this point.

Michigan: Sept. 26
North Carolina: Oct. 3
Georgetown: Oct. 17
South Carolina: Oct. 24

It appears that either Louisville or Maryland will get Dozier’s fifth and final official visit. Next week’s in home visit with the Louisville staff will be important to say the least.

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