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—Spread check: Virginia by 4.5.

—Samuell Williamson says that now he’s committed, his top priority is helping Chris Mack add to his 2019 class.

“Of course,” Williamson said. “I’ll talk to some guys because we want the best players and the best class possible.

“There are some guys I know that I will talk to about (Louisville).”

One of those players is Richardson, Tx., center Drew Timme, who played on the same Drive Nation team as Williamson during the spring and summer. Mack and assistant Luke Murray are also expected to make an in-home visit with Timme tonight.

“Oh yeah, we’re really good friends,” Williamson said of Timme.

The two prospects had a Twitter exchange after Williamson committed that ended with Williamson saying, ‘You know the move now.’

Williamson said he’s excited to be part of the recruiting class that includes Withers and Nickelberry and is currently ranked No. 4 in the Class of 2019 team rankings by 247Sports.

“It’s really cool for me to me to be part of it,” Williamson said. “We have the potential to be a really good class, especially once we get a couple more pieces. I think we can even be a greater class. I can’t wait to get there.”

—Congrats to U of L field hockey goalie Ayeisha McFerran for being named ACC Defensive Player of the Week.

—The U of L Athletics Broadcast Center officially opened its doors on Monday.

Here’s more on the facility:

—Jake Lourim of the CJ looks at how Louisville’s freshmen have performed through the first three weeks of the season.

—Streaking the Lawn says Virginia has a golden opportunity against Louisville.

—While Chris Mack was making headlines for being in Ireland on Monday, Jeff Walz was also doing some world traveling.

—Florida State’s average third down attempt is 3rd & 8 this season. Here’s how it got this bad, and why it isn’t likely to get better this season.

—The U of L football team returned to the practice field on Monday to start prepping for Virginia.

—Mark Story of the Lexington Herald Leader writes that things have gone in opposite directions for Bobby Petrino and Mark Stoops since Sept. 17, 2016.

On Sept. 17, 2016, you would have been hard-pressed to find two coaches whose futures looked more divergent than Bobby Petrino and Mark Stoops.

Which is why what has happened since is almost shocking.

In the 26 games Petrino and Louisville have played after Sept. 17, 2016, the Cardinals’ record is 16-10.

In the 26 games Stoops and Kentucky have played after Sept. 17, 2016, the Wildcats’ record is 16-10.

Both coaches are 0-2 in bowl games and 1-1 head-to-head in the Governor’s Cup rivalry since that pivotal Saturday two Septembers ago.

It’s an eternity until the Cats (3-0) and Cards (2-1) will end the 2018 regular season facing off in Cardinal Stadium, but through three games this year Stoops and Kentucky have shown more promise than Petrino and Louisville.

The story about the 4-year-old who was hit by a car and killed after the Kentucky game last weekend is one of the saddest things I can remember. I can’t imagine what that family is going through. My thoughts are with both them and the 18-year-old who made a terrible mistake.

—The DePaul legend is back for year two.

—Shoutout to my dude Mason Malone on beating brain cancer.

—Big Red Louie looks at whose stock is up and whose in down after the win over Western Kentucky.

—More quotes from Samuell Williamson, who told Evan Daniels that the Louisville fan base played a large part in his college decision.

“I went there this weekend and had a great time and Chris Mack told me he wouldn’t let me down when it comes to reaching my dreams and playing in the NBA,” Williamson told 247Sports.

”The fan base up there is ridiculous and I’ve always wanted to play at a basketball school,” he added. “The opportunity to play early and make an impact early, those were the three main things that went into my decision.”

The decision from Williamson, a 6-foot-6, 190-pound wing prospect out of Rockwall (Tex.) High, comes on the heels of his official visit to Louisville’s campus this past weekend.

”They definitely won me over on the visit,” Williamson said. “My mind wasn’t made up going in. I had it down to two or three, but when I left Sunday night, I knew that was the place I was going to go.”

Williamson picked up scholarship offers from a number of high major schools, but ultimately picked the Cardinals over Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. Williamson raved about the Louisville coaching staff.

”I loved the whole coaching staff,” Williamson said. “Just from the get go coach Mack and I have had that bond and chemistry, even when they started recruiting me in the spring. It goes back to when he was at Xavier and he recruited me harder than any coach in the country and that meant a lot to me.”

Opening these Saturday scrimmages to the fan base was one of the smartest things anyone associated with Louisville sports has done in recent memory.

—State of the U has Louisville at No. 9 in its ACC power rankings.

—Preston Brown is happy to be with the Cincinnati Bengals and not the Buffalo Bills anymore.

—Happy birthday to Cardinal big man Steven Enoch.

—The Virginia defensive line might be getting a boost on Saturday in the form of a grad transfer from Ohio State.

—A new website is tracking all the events in town associated with November’s Breeder’s Cup.

—And finally, 10 takeaways from Bronco Mendenhall’s Monday press conference.