After a slow start to the recruiting season, the Louisville staff appears to be gathering momentum. Nine days ago the Petrino and staff beat rival Kentucky for Georgia linebacker Jonathan Greenard. Last Wednesday they surprised many and got a commitment from Florida running back James Allen, long considered a Tennessee lean. Now, in the past 24 hours, they've helped address major needs in the offensive line and defensive secondary.
Yesterday, Power Springs, GA offensive lineman Chandler Jones committed to the Cardinals. He's a consensus three-star offensive lineman that was also listed offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, and Syracuse. At 6'4, 300, Jones will likely find a home on the interior of the offensive line once he arrives next year. He joins Troy Thingstad as Louisville's offensive line commitments. With heavy graduation about to take a toll on offensive line depth, Louisville will surely add several more at this position for 2015.
Kareem Orr, out of Nashiville, recently camped with Louisville. He made enough of an impression on defensive backs coach Terrell Buckley that the Cardinals offered and that was enough for him to want to go ahead and end his recruitment and commit shortly thereafter. He also had offers from Duke and East Carolina.
Louisville is enjoying a good two weeks on the recruiting trail and might not be done. Junior College receiver Paul Harris is either on campus currently or will be soon. There is also continuing chatter that Louisville could receive (or might already have received) a commitment from h-back Aaron Cochran, but that commitment isn't yet official according to the paysite gurus.