Three more top-notched recruits have surfaced this week as having interest in Charlie Strong and the rejuvenated Cardinal football team. Two of the trio have have decommitted from big-time BCS schools and the third might be a diamond in the rough.
Delvin Jones (left) is a 6-6 230lb defensive end from Miami Palmetto and had recently decommitted from The Fighting Derek Dooley's in Tennessee last week. Known for his size and athleticism, Jones had NFL size and speed (4.6 40) at a position in which the Cards are in desperate need of depth. It has not been confirmed that Delvin will be in town this weekend, but that is the strong rumor (no pun). He's set to visit Ole Miss next weekend and holds offers from a who's who of college football - USC, Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, LSU, Nebraska, and Oregon - just to name a few. Ranked the 25th DE by ESPN and 32 by Scout. Cardinal Comparison - Brandon Johnson or Michael Josiah
QB Barry Brunetti (right) would be an outstanding grab by Strong and his staff. Not only because he is one of the Top 20 gunslingers in his class, but that he is recently decommitted from that couch burning, battery throwing school West Virginia. The 6-0 200lb pocket-passer has been praised for his presence and arm-strength, but criticized for his size. A few analysts have said he would be an ideal "spread-option" signal caller. That could be the reason why it is said that the Memphis-area QB is choosing between the Mountaineers and two Urban Meyer disciples - Strong and Miss St. coach Dan Mullen - all schools that run similar spread-option attacks. It has been confirmed that Brunetti will be in town this weekend to check out the Louisville facilities and spend some time with the coaching staff. He participated in the US Army All-American game and was ranked the 13th QB by ESPN and 20th by Scout. Cardinal Comparison - Shorter Dave Ragone
Jamaine Brooks is a teammate of Delvin Jones at Miami Palmetto and will absolutely be here this weekend on an official visit. The 6-4 285lb DT has been flying under the radar with many of the national services having him unranked. However, if you look at this highlight tape, I believe he could be a steal and also help bring Jones with him. Coach Strong has always said he is looking to play guys wherever they best fit to help the team - Brooks has the size and pedigree to find somewhere to be effective. I could see him beefing up and becoming a serviceable offensive lineman. Either way, it's good to see that Florida pipeline opening up again. Cardinal Connection - Adrian Grady