Football Visitors: News & Notes

Chase Minnifield

The University of Louisville football program is currently hosting a number of top prospects on official visits. On Saturday afternoon, those making visits, including two surprise visitors, attended the Louisville - Kentucky basketball game.

The University of Louisville is hosting an impressive group of official visitors this weekend, including a trio of Scout.com four-star prospects in JC All-American defensive back Woodny Turenne, Florida linebacker Josh Bynes and Illinois running back Dale Martin. Also on campus for a visit are tight end Mat Williams, JC cornerback Allen Bell, offensive lineman Mark Wetterer, running back Rai-Shawn Wilson, linebacker Patrick Grant and punter Brandon Walker. Wetterer and Walker are both U of L commitments.

The group of visitors attended the Louisville - Kentucky in Freedom Hall on Saturday afternoon. Among those serving as player hosts at the game were Anthony Allen, Gary Barnidge, Michael Bush, Art Carmody, Harry Douglas, Breno Giacomini, Peanut Whitehead and Eric Wood.

During a media timeout in the first half of play, the Big East Conference Champions and Orange Bowl-bound Cardinals were introduced to the 20,042 on hand and received a loud and standing ovation. An Orange Bowl representative announced that ticket sales now indicate that more than 30,000 U of L fans are expected to make the trip to Miami. Before the brief stop in play was over, the visiting recruits joined in and were standing and taking in the festive atmosphere.


Vic Anderson visited U of L on Saturday
In addition to those making official visits, two of the top prospects in the state were on-hand. St. Xavier four-star running back Victor Anderson and three-star all-purpose athlete Chase Minnifield of Lexington Henry Clay took in the action at Freedom Hall. Minnifield's father, Frank, a former U of L All-American, was also in attendance and spent a few minutes visiting with assistant Greg Nord following the basketball game.

Anderson received the invitation to the game during an in-home visit from Greg Nord on Thursday. Rated among the top 40 running backs in the nation by Scout.com, U of L continues to view Anderson as an important prospect and is competing against West Virginia, South Florida and Kentucky for his eventual services.

One of the state's top junior prospects, Sam Robey of Trinity High School had a front row seat in the end zone. The 6'5, 230-pound Robey is the son of former University of Kentucky basketball All-American Rick Robey and is already drawing interest from Louisville, Kentucky, Ohio State, Notre Dame and others.


Simms will visit
U of L in January
One prospect that was scheduled to make an official visit, but didn't make the trip is U of L quarterback commit Matt Simms. Simms, a U.S. Army All-American selection, led Don Bosco to an undefeated season and state title this fall.

Simms grew concerned when it appeared that former Texas quarterback Jevan Snead became interested in transferring to Louisville. Those concerns were squashed on Saturday when Simms spoke with members of the U of L coaching staff. The 6'3, 200-pound All-State quarterback now anticipates making an official visit to Louisville the first weekend of January.

Stay logged on to InsideTheVille.com for continuing coverage of this weekend's group of visitors.

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