Recruiting

Four Star Dual Threat Quarterback Lamar Jackson Has Committed To Louisville

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Photo: Nike Football

Just two days before the 2014 season opener, Bobby Petrino and the Louisville football program picked up a commitment from one of the top dual threat quarterbacks in the class of 2015.

On Saturday morning, Boynton Beach, FL., native Lamar Jackson made his verbal commitment public via his Twitter account.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pound, dual threat QB is rated as a four star prospect by Rivals.com.

Jackson is Louisville’s 15th commitment from the 2015 class and the second from the state of Florida.

He’s not the highest ranked prospect to commit to Louisville, but Jackson’s scholarship offer list is impressive to say the least.

Jackson has offers from Auburn, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Mississippi State, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, South Carolina and West Virgnia.

As a junior, Jackson ran for over 1,400 yards and threw for over 1,700 yards.

Scout.com Ranks Rick Pitino’s 2015 Recruiting Class Second Best Nationally

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Photo: 247 Sports

Earlier this month 247Sports.com released their updated 2015 college basketball recruiting class rankings and tabbed Pitino’s three-man class as the second best in the country.

On Tuesday afternoon the folks at Scout.com did exactly the same. The Scout’s individual player rankings have Louisville with two five star prospects in Deng Adel and Donovan Mitchell. Adel is ranked as the 18th best player in the class, while Mitchell is ranked 20th. Raymond Spalding is a four star prospect and ranked 39th nationally.

Scout.com Top Five 2015 Recruiting Classes

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Video: Donovan Mitchell’s Dunk That Shut Down New York City

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Photo: Brewster Academy

Since giving Rick Pitino a verbal pledge earlier this month, five star guard Donovan Mitchell has become one of the more talked about recruits in the 2015 class. Mitchell’s sensational summer on the AAU circuit played a huge role with that.

The future Cardinal participated in the Under Armour Elite 24 event on Saturday night in his hometown of New York City and as expected, he put on quite a performance. Mitchell caught an ally-oop that literally shut down the game for a brief amount of time.

Antonio Blakeney Will Take An Official Visit To Louisville Next Weekend

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Photo | Kelly Kline

When Rick Pitino landed a commitment from five star guard Donovan Mitchell earlier this month, the name Antonio Blakeney stopped being mentioned quite as much as it had been throughout the entire summer.

Blakeney has been one of Pitino’s top targets in the 2015 class for well over a year. However, with the addition of Mitchell, I don’t think anyone would have been surprised if Blakeney shifted his attention to other schools. Fortunately, it appears that the interest between Louisville and Blakeney is still mutual.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com reports that Blakeney will be taking an official visit to Louisville next Sunday. This means Blakeney will be on campus for the blackout football game against Miami.

As mentioned, the Louisville staff has been in pursuit of Blakeney for over a year now. Louisville has been thought to be the leader for quite some time, however the Florida native has kept his options open.

For those concerned about Blakeney possibly not wanting to join Louisville’s class because Pitino already have Donovan Mitchell, that shouldn’t have an issue. Mitchell made it clear throughout his recruiting process that the Louisville staff was recruiting him as a point guard. Blakeney is strictly a scoring/shooting guard.

Mitchell has also helping the staff with their recruitment of Blakeney. Earlier this week he informed Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com that he is trying to convince both Blakeney and five star guard Perry Dozier to join him at Louisville.

If Pitino was able to finish with a four man class of Deng Adel, Antonio Blakeney, Donovan Mitchell and Raymond Spalding, it would easily be the best class he’s had at Louisville.

Four Star Running Back Has Louisville In His Final Five

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Bobby Petrino and the Louisville Cardinals are currently riding some serious momentum on the recruiting trail.

After somewhat of a slow start, Petrino has picked up four verbal commitments within the past few weeks. Two of those commitments came from Traveon Samuel and Khane Green who are the top two pledges for Louisville’s 2015 class at this point.

When highly touted prospects choose Louisville over elite programs from the SEC, ACC and Big 10, other recruits take notice.

One recruit in particular that is high on the Cardinals is Marquise Doherty, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound, running back from Kansas City, MO.

Doherty sent out a Tweet on Tuesday morning revealing the final five schools that he is considering – Louisville, Oregon, Iowa, Kansas State and Missouri, in no particular order.

Nebraska was at one time thought to be the leader for Doherty, but he’s no longer considering the Cornhuskers.

Rivals.com rates Doherty as a four star prospect and considers him to be one of the top 30 running backs in the 2015 class. He’d be a huge addition to Petrino’s current class. Louisville is loaded at the running back position this season, but they’ll lose both Dom Brown and Michael Dyer to graduation.

Donovan Mitchell: The Road To Louisville

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No one had a better month of July than Rick Pitino’s latest commitment, Donovan Mitchell. Prior to the summer circuit, Mitchell was thought to be a borderline top 100 prospect and wasn’t being courted by very many of the nation’s top programs.

Pitino and assistant coach Kenny Johnson watched Mitchell in action at the Breakout Classic in Philadelphia during the first open contact recruiting period. Soon after they offered the New York native a scholarship offer and within less than a month he verbally committed to the Cards.

Scout.com released their updated 2015 recruiting rankings and Mitchell went from being borderline top 100 to being ranked as the 19th best player in the country. He’s now rated as a five star prospect.

Videographer Cory Porter has followed Mitchell throughout his junior season and also during his recent All Star events. Porter published this awesome video on Friday afternoon titled “Donovan Mitchell: The Road To Louisville.” I recommend you check it out. He’s going to be special.

Rick Pitino’s 2015 Recruiting Class Ranked No. 2 In The Country

Photo: 247 Sports

Photo: 247 Sports

Rick Pitino and his staff are currently assembling what could be the best recruiting class in the Pitino tenure. I realize you’ve probably heard that multiple times over the past week and it’s absolutely true. The staff is still working, but even if they finished with the three current commitments (Deng Adel, Raymond Spalding & Donovan Mitchell), they’d still have a stellar 2015 class.

The folks at 247Sports.com updated their team recruiting rankings for 2015 on Monday and Louisville came in at No. 2. I realize 247 Sports hasn’t been around quite as long as Rivals or Scout, but they’ve come a very long way in the past two years and are now considered to be one of the industry leaders.

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Not only did the class jump in the rankings, but so did a couple of Louisville’s commitments. Raymond Spalding is now rated as a five star prospect and ranked as the 21st best player in the 2015 class. Deng Adel is ranked No. 32 while Mitchell is ranked at No. 28.

Video: Donovan Mitchell Provides Highlight Reel Material At Rucker Park

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Photo: Brewster Academy

Louisville’s latest commitment Donovan Mitchell is riding some serious momentum in the past six weeks. The NYC native improved his stock as much as anyone in the 2015 recruiting class during the month of July. Mitchell followed that up with a commitment to Rick Pitino in the Louisville Cardinals last week.

In his first action since verbally pledging to Louisville, Mitchell as usual provided a highlight reel. In Monday night’s Reebok Breakout Classic at the historic Rucker Park in New York City, Mitchell had a sensational slam dunk. He followed a missed dunk from his teammate and threw down a ferocious put back. Mitchell finished with 14 points in the event.