I think I speak for all of us when I say that this offseason already has me hella bored. I may have to update the not cool with list in a post later this week just so I can stay awake (Virtually speaking of course, because in reality I don't sleep, much like the shark and the ant. Also like the shark and the ant, I have large, powerful teeth and enjoy home building).
Louisville extended a scholarship offer to Trinity High School offensive lineman Sam Robey yesterday. Robey, the son of former UK basketball All-American Rick Robey, was named to The Associated Press All-State team as a sophomore in 2005, and earned first-team All-State honors from The Courier-Journal a year ago.
At the moment Robey says he is also considering Notre Dame, Ohio State and Tennessee.
The soon to be self-made 19-year-old millionaire Amobi Okoye inked a deal with Nike earlier this week. In addition to Okoye, the Nike class of 2007 included Gaines Adams (Clemson), Leon Hall (Michigan), Calvin Johnson (Georgia Tech), Marshawn Lynch (California), Greg Olsen (Miami), Adrian Peterson (Oklahoma), Brady Quinn (Notre Dame) and JaMarcus Russell (LSU).
More good news is on the way for Okoye if Adam Schein, Fox Sports' douchey alternative to Mel Kiper, is right about where he ends up. In his latest draft piece, Schein says that Okoye will almost certainly be drafted sixth by Washington if the Redskins don't trade down. Kiper currently has Amobi as his eighth best prospect, but has him being selected ninth by Miami.
By all accounts Okoye is about to become the highest draft pick ever to come out of Louisville, surpassing Joe Johnson who was selected 13th by the Saints in 1994.
The Courier has apparently noticed the amount of attention that online recruiting sites are receiving, and is attempting to get in on the action (see top story in Monday's sports section). The powers that be at the C-J reportedly stabbed Jody Demling multiple times in the left arm (rumor) before he finally agreed to turn his blog into a highly updated source for recruiting news.
Demling spent this past weekend in Houston reporting from the Kingwood Classic, and did a rather splendid job (Jody talk always brings the bourgeois out of me). If recruiting is your thing, or if you're just a casual follower, Demling's blog looks like it will be a quality resource from here on.
PRP product Isaiah Howes was named Big East Player of the Week on Monday after collecting 13 RBI in a week that saw Louisville go 4-0.
For the week Howes was 9 for 17 with five runs scored, two triples and two home runs, and raised his season batting average to .407 which is second best on the team behind only Logan Johnson's sparkling average of .418.
Rivals has organized what is, to my knowledge, the first ever College Baseball Bracketology, and the Cards are included as the third seed in the Chapel Hill regional hosted by North Carolina. Both Louisville and Kentucky were listed as two of the last five teams to receive at-large bids to the 64-team tournament. Rutgers was selected as the automatic bid recipient from the Big East.
Mick Cronin got a much needed front court player when 6'11 shot blocking specialist Anthony McClain committed to Cincinnati over the weekend. Jerry Meyer of Rivals said that the addition of McClain to UC's six-man class of 2007 vaults it into the top 25 nationally.
The New York city based blog True Sports Fans has a nice post dedicated to the rise of native son Edgar Sosa.
Seriously, we're just four days removed from the Spring Game and I'm already craving Murray State football like sorority girls crave Matt Lauer. What can you say; chicks dig well-traveled, buzzcutted, monotone news types.