NCF On The Trail: Louisville Cardinals

Auburn loses juco DT commit Stuckey 

January, 27, 2014
With less than 10 days remaining until national signing day, defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey (De Funiak Springs, Fla./Pearl River CC), who is ranked No. 9 in the ESPN Junior College 50, has backed off of his pledge to Auburn.

The 6-foot-3, 305-pound defensive lineman, who had been committed to the Tigers since November, is now considering Arizona State, Miami, Louisiana-Lafayette and Louisville and said it was a decision he felt was best for his future.

ESPN 300 DT Poona Ford commits

August, 7, 2013
Highly-coveted defensive tackle Poona Ford (Hilton Head, S.C./Hilton Head) pledged to sign with Louisville Tuesday, according to multiple sources.

"I guess I just had a feeling. The feeling you get when you know you're welcome," he told The State. "I went up there for a visit, and they talked to me about coming in my freshman year and playing my very first game at home against Miami."

Ford selected the Cardinals over scholarship offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Boise State, Charlotte, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Kansas State, Marshall, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Purdue, South Carolina, Tennessee, Toledo, UCF and Utah State.

Last fall, the 6-foot, 285-pound four-star terrorized opponents to the tune of 154 total tackles, 44 tackles for loss and 10 sacks.

Ford, ranked No. 275 nationally, is now Louisville's highest-rated defensive pledge. The Cardinals have 24 verbals for 2014.

3-star DT Calloway picks Louisville 

December, 30, 2012
HOUSTON -- Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee defensive tackle Derrick Calloway has yet to take an official visit, but he figures there's no sense in wasting any more time.

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound three-star defensive tackle likes Louisville, so he decided to commit there, announcing his intentions at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

"I think they're an up-and-coming program, I honestly do," Calloway said. "I think Coach [Charlie] Strong shows a commitment staying there. He had offers to go to other schools but him staying there is a big commitment to the team."

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Decision looming for DT Derrick Calloway 

December, 28, 2012
HOUSTON -- Though he hasn't taken an official visit yet, three-star defensive tackle Derrick Calloway feels confident that he knows where he wants to go. His hope is that his officials validate the choice in his mind, a choice he'll announce this weekend while participating in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl festivities.

The Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee standout's choice will come from a final three of Louisville, Missouri and South Florida.

"I just feel real confident right now," Calloway said. "I was going to wait until the last minute, but I feel good about my decision, and once I get on campus, I think I'll feel way better, once I see it. Anybody can tell you how it is, but you've got to see it for yourself."

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3-star LB Kelsey receiving SEC interest 

December, 15, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Three-star linebacker Keith Kelsey Jr. (Gainesville, Fla./Gainesville) has offers from USF, Louisville and Iowa State, but now a few SEC schools are starting to show interest.

The 6-foot-1, 213-pound athlete has scheduled a visit to Louisville and could soon schedule a visit to South Carolina.

"I got Louisville scheduled so far and South Carolina has been recruiting me too, Iowa State and USF has been talking to me too. South Carolina is fixing to offer me. I'd be interested in taking a visit there."

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Gator pledge Hearns pondering OSU visit 

October, 5, 2012
James HearnsDerek Tyson/ESPN.comLong-time Gator commit James Hearns said Friday night after his high school game that he's considering taking an official visit to Ohio State.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Judging by his game on Friday night you would never know that four-star linebacker James Hearns (Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln) is coming off a severe ACL injury from last season.

The 6-foot-3, 226-pound inside linebacker accounted for two interceptions, including one he returned for a 48-yard touchdown in Lincoln's 45-7 victory over Gainesville (Fla.) Buchholz. Hearns actually had a third interception negated by a penalty early in the game.

Though he appeared to be the most dominant player on the field Friday night, Hearns said there are parts of his game he still needs to improve on.

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - With highly-sought-after 2014 offensive tackle prospect Demetrius Knox and Baylor commitment Xavier Phillips, a 2013 outside linebacker, Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal has itself some impressive college football prospects.

While those two warrant plenty of attention, the Saints - who made it to the consolation finals on Friday in the Texas Division II state 7-on-7 championships - have some intriguing players that are in search of their first scholarship offers but appear to have the physical tools necessary at the next level.

Included in that group is 6-5, 210-pound quarterback Foster Sawyer.

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Decision coming soon for Harris? 

June, 12, 2012
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Under Armour All-American safety Marcell Harris (Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips) has offers from the who's who of college football programs, but the talented 6-foot-1, 209-pound athlete decided to participate at Florida's camp on Tuesday afternoon.

Harris said getting familiar with Florida's coaching style, in particular defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson and head coach Will Muschamp, was a reason he decided to participate.

"It was cool being out there with them and seeing their style of how they coach," Harris said. "They were putting me in a position to play where I would be playing if I went there -- playing safety but also covering the slot."

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Louisville gains in-state tight end 

September, 30, 2011

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