The University of Louisville football team remains well-positioned in the recruitment of Trinity High School wide receiver James Quick, a top contender for Mr. Football and one of the nation’s best prospects.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Quick reaffirmed after Friday night’s Trinity victory over St. Xavier that U of L is No. 1 on his recruiting list, followed, in order of preference, by Ohio State, Oregon, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Why have the Cardinals remained on top?
“Just the fact that it’s close to home, and I like what they’re doing … offensively,” said Quick, who has attended U of L’s three home games this season on unofficial visits.
Tennessee is new to the top five, moving ahead of Cincinnati.
He had eight catches for 144 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown reception, in Friday night’s 34-7 victory over St. X. He has 51 receptions for 862 yards and eight TDs this season for top-ranked Trinity (6-0).
In an interview on Sept. 14, the day before he attended U of L’s game against North Carolina, Quick said he’d been impressed with the efficiency of Cards’ quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Quick, ranked as the nation’s No. 57 senior by ESPN.com, said when he attends games he tries to evaluate how the Cards’ receivers are involved in the offense and how he might fit in.
“I see a lot of the things they do there that we do here at Trinity,” he said. “I’m just thinking I could fit right in with the receivers they have now, and with Teddy Bridgewater as my quarterback, I could really fit in with that offense.”
Quick said he’ll attend Ohio State’s home game against Nebraska on Saturday.
He has said a decision could come in January after he takes five official visits.
Hatcher still solidly USC but plans visits
Another Trinity star, defensive end Jason Hatcher, said Friday that he remains solid in the commitment he made to Southern California in July but will visit other schools in order to fully explore his options.
“I’m talking to Florida, I’m talking to (Ohio) State, talking to Tennessee, talking to U of L, but I’m still a solid USC commit,” he said.
He said he would probably take official visits to those four schools as well as to USC, and he said the Trojans’ coaches are aware of his intentions.
Hatcher (6-2, 240), who’s ranked as the nation’s No. 213 senior by Rivals.com, has been to U of L’s home games against UK and North Carolina on unofficial visits.
* Lexington Catholic quarterback Kyle Bolin, a U of L commitment, left Friday’s game against Boyle County with a knee injury and will have an MRI to determine the severity, his father, Kerry, said Saturday.
* Antioch, Calif., power forward Marcus Lee cut his basketball recruiting list to UK and California — eliminating U of L. Lee will make an official visit to UK on Oct. 12.
* The nation’s 2013 basketball class added a top-10 talent this past week when power forward Noah Vonleh of the New Hampton School in New Hampshire reclassified from 2014. Vonleh, a top target of Indiana University, was originally a 2013 student but moved back a year in 2011 to give him more time to develop.
Now he’s far enough along academically to rejoin the senior class, and there’s little doubt he’s ready from a basketball standpoint. ESPN.com immediately ranked Vonleh, a versatile offensive player and powerful rebounder, as its No. 7 senior. IU, North Carolina and Ohio State are among the many teams recruiting him hard.
* Western Kentucky University got a football commitment Friday from Avon (Ind) High School wide receiver Jalen Edwards (5-11, 175) — the Hilltoppers’ 13th pledge for 2013.