September will be one of the busiest months of the year for Chris Mack and his staff on the recruiting trail. Louisville has hosted multiple visitors so far this month and will host many more over the next few weeks.
Hosting recruits for official visits is a big part of securing commitments, but paying a visit to said recruits is also very important. Chris Mack and his staff have been have been in to see multiple targets so far this week.
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On Tuesday Chris Mack paid a visit to Huntington Prep on Tuesday to see four-star prospects Zach Loveday & Jaemyn Brakefield. Both have been long time targets for Chris Mack and staff.
Loveday has taken multiple visits to Louisville including an official visit to campus earlier this month. The 7-footer is high on Louisville, but also recently visited Baylor and will visit Ohio State next week. Indiana, Purdue, Florida and Xavier are also believed to be in the mix.
The interest between Louisville and Brakefield has been strong for quite some time. Following an unofficial visit to campus last year Brakefield said Chris Mack is probably the “coolest coaches in college basketball..” The top-40 swingman recently trimmed his list to ten — Michigan State, UCLA, Louisville, Ole Miss, Michigan, Michigan State, Kansas, Oregon, West Virginia and Auburn.
Brakefield will officially visit Louisville later this month on Sept. 27 for Louisville Live.
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Assistant coach Luke Murray traveled to the midwest earlier week to see five star point guard Caleb Love and top ranked JUCO prospect Jay Scrubb.
Love is down to Louisville, Arizona, North Carolina, Kansas and Missouri.
The Missouri native initially had Indiana in the mix, but Love cancelled his official visit to Bloomington on Wednesday and dropped the Hoosiers.
He has already visited Missouri (9/7) and will officially visit North Carolina next weekend. Love is scheduled to take an official to Louisville on Sept. 27 for Louisville Live. Kansas will receive a visit from Love on Oct. 12.
With the visit to Indiana getting cancelled, Arizona could now potentially land Love’s fifth and final official visit.
Jay Scrubb said in a recent interview that he’s still considering a lot of schools but Louisville, Memphis, Alabama, Xavier and Cincinnati are recruiting him the hardest. The Louisville native is also considering making the jump straight from junior college to the NBA.
Last month Scrubb said that due to a scheduling conflict he wouldn’t be able to make it home for Louisville Live, but he now says he will be there. Scrubb is scheduled for a visit Memphis for their “Memphis Madness” event in early October.
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Assistant coach Dino Gaudio traveled to see in-state prospect JJ Traynor on Tuesday and was in to see four-star guard Josh Hall on Wednesday.
Traynor doesn’t currently have a scholarship offer, but he’s certainly on the radar after seeing a huge jump in the updated class of 2020 rankings. Prior to the summer circuit Traynor was an unranked and somewhat unknown. He’s now ranked 79th overall and is a four-star prospect.
Depaul, Western Kentucky, Murray, Cincinnati, Evansville, Ball State, Northern Kentucky and Akron have offered, while Louisville, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri and Virginia Tech have shown interest.
Traynor took an unofficial visit to Louisville at the end of August. He is the son of former Louisville forward Jason Osbourne.
Hall took an official visit to Louisville earlier this month. Chris Mack and his staff got involved later than other schools, but Louisville appears to be in good shape.
The Alabama native was scheduled to visit NC State this past weekend, but it’s unclear if that visit took place. Texas, Pittsburgh, Miami and Florida are also believed to be in good shape.
Hall’s recruitment appears to be wide open.