Recruiting

Four Star Receiver Dez Fitzpatrick Has Committed To Louisville

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Photo: 247 Sports

Despite the tough loss to Florida State on Thursday evening, it turns out there is some good news to share regarding Bobby Petrino and the Louisville football program.

Following last night’s game, Dez Fitzpatrick, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound wide receiver from Farmington, MI., decided that he wanted to play his college ball at the University of Louisville.

Fitzpatrick made the decision public via his Twitter account on Friday morning.

The four star prospect is considered to be one of the top wide receivers in the 2016 class. Fitzpatrick also has scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue, Illinois and Wake Forest. He’s receiving strong interst from Michigan, Michigan St., Notre Dame and Ohio State.

Fitzpatrick is Louisville’s third commit from the 2016 class and the second four star for Petrino’s staff.

Louisville Commit G.G. Robinson Getting Some Strong Interest From Auburn

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Photo: 247 Sports

Verbal commitments mean very little in the world of college football recruiting. All that a verbal commitment really means is that a recruiting “thinks” he wants to attend that school. Keyword being thinks.

Despite being committed to other program, most recruits still visit other schools and keep their options open. There’s no harm in that, in my opinion, but unfortunately some recruits end up falling in love with another school and end up de-committing.

Louisville commit G.G. Robinson is still 100% committed to Louisville, but Petrino and his staff are going to have some stiff competition from now until national signing day.

The 6-foot-6, 240-pound, prospect committed to Louisville in mid-August, choosing the Cardinals over Virginia. He also had scholarship offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Mississippi State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati and others.

Robinson was previously recruited as a tight end, but is now playing defensive tackle. Since making the position change, Robinson has received interest from multiple other programs.

He took an official visit to Auburn over the weekend and it sounds like Gus Malzahn and his staff are close to offering a scholarship. Robinson has already shunned plenty of high profile schools for Louisville, however Auburn is where his father played which could give the Tigers an advantage. Robinson is the son of Gerald Robinson who is Auburn’s all time sack leader.

As of now, the younger Robinson is still committed to Louisville, but it’ll be interesting to see how his recruitment plays out.

Louisville Commit Lamar Jackson Scored 7 Touchdowns Last Night

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Photo: Nike

Since verbally committing to Louisville in late August, Lamar Jackson has become one of the top rising quarterback prospects in the 2015 class.

Prior to the start of his senior season Jackson had offers from Auburn, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Louisville, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and West Virginia.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound, dual threat QB has since picked up an offer from Florida and is being recruited by other SEC schools.

Jackson is having a tremendous senior season at Boynton Beach Community High School and had a monster game on Friday evening.

In a 63-58 victory over Coconut Creek High School, Jackson threw for 346 yards and two touchdowns, including the game winning score in the final seconds. He also rushed for 146 yards and five touchdowns. Boynton Beach is undefeated on the season.

Jackson remains committed to Louisville, but the staff will definitely have some competition from now until signing day.

Louisville Commit Donovan Mitchell Already Embracing The In-State Rivalry

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Photo: Kelly Kline Under Around

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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Photo: 247Sports

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.

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