Petrino wastes no time adding quarterback

Tyler Ferguson is transferring from Penn State.
Tyler Ferguson is transferring from Penn State.

One day on the job and Bobby Petrino pulls in a four-star quarterback prospect for the University of Louisville football program. What’s he going to do tomorrow?

Tyler Ferguson, who has two years of eligibility, will be on campus Sunday and start classes on Monday, apparently having already gone through the registration process at warp speed. He’s transferring from Penn State where he was the backup signal caller.

He had been contacted by Petrino while he was still at Western Kentucky University, both deciding quickly that Ferguson would be coming along for the ride. He’ll sit out during the 2014 and have two years of eligibility starting in 2015.

Numbers? Mostly mop up at Penn State the past season, completing 10-of-15 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown. He’s 6-foot-3, weighing 213 pounds, a Bakersville, Calif., native raised in a family of seven siblings, three brothers, three sisters.

No hesitating for Cory Cooper, Louisville football for him

Took about an hour for him to decide after getting the right offer.

Corey Cooper, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound wide receiver from Raleigh, will be joining Charlie Strong and company in 2013.

According to ESPN, Cooper chose the University of Louisville football program over multiple schools, including UConn, East Carolina, Illinois, Iowa State, Kentucky, Maryland, Miami-FL, Minnesota, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee, Tulsa, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Washington State and West Virginia.

Montrezl Harrell extends Louisville recruiting season

Never a dull moment, and a whole summer lies ahead.

The latest, greatest basketball recruit on the University of Louisville’s list is Montrezl Harrell, a 6-foot-8 power forward and a product of the Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va.

Hargrave, which asserts that it  is “the premier military boarding school” in marketing materials, is also a Baptist school dedicated to preparing young men for life. It also just happens to be a magnet for good high school basketball players, having sent nine players to the NBA over the years. Larry Brown, probably the most traveled coach in the NBA and college ranks, once coached there.

Harrell is everything Louisville needs in the front court, a powerfully built presence, muscular and aggressive, confident in his abilities, a proven rebounder and shooter. A backup for Chane Behanan, a possible fill-in when Gorgui Dieng gets in foul trouble.

The U of L connection is second-year assistant coach Kevin Keatts, who coached at Hargrave for eight seasons, winning two national prep championships while finishing as national runner-up three times. Harrell was one of his players but chose to sign with Virginia Tech in the 2012 class.

Harrell had a change of heart after VT Coach Seth Greenberg was fired after the season, asked to be released from his letter of intent and started looking around. His list initially included Kentucky but has been narrowed to Louisville, Cincinnati, Florida and Alabama.

He will hook up with Keatts again during an extended four-day official visit to U of L next week. But don’t expect a quick commitment. A week or so later, Harrell will be playing for Billy Donovan  as part of the U.S. U18 National Team Training camp June 5-12 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Then there’s the matter of where the scholarship comes from among existing players. Shouldn’t be too difficult sorting through the options.

UofL’s only recruit Terry Rozier is academically borderline, Rakeem Buckles has continuing injuries, as does Stephan Van Treese. Kevin Ware was mysteriously omitted in Rick Pitino’s latest blog. The question seems to be who’s going where.

Pitino has indicated that the scholarship situation has been resolved. But don’t expect it to end here. Getting a commitment from Harrell may be only the beginning of an interesting summer. He’s talking to some other players you know.

Florida linebacker commits to Louisville

Daqual Randall, a six-foot, 225-pound linebacker from Palmetto, Fla., became the 12th prospect in the class of 2012 to verbally commit to the University of Louisville football program Monday.

Randall had 86 unassisted tackles, four sacks and an interception last season. As a sophomore he had 122 tackles (83 unassisted) with nine tackles for losses and two sacks.

According to Jody Demling, Randall chose U of L over Rutgers, Purdue, Indiana and Middle Tennessee State. Georgia Tech was in the picture at one point.

That would be the 12th commitment if you’re counting. Charlie Strong makes them all count.

Marquis Teague Keeps Louisville Guessing

Anyone surprised that the next great player on the University of Louisville’s basketball recruiting list is suddenly interested making a visit to Lexington? That would be Marquis Teague, considered the nation’s top high school point guard and one of the best players in the 2011 class.

The scenario is a familiar one, a teenage phenom caught up in the hoopla, leveraging schools against each other, allowing rumors to fester, all the while milking the process for all it’s worth. The dad gets himself intricately involved, and the ordeal becoming even more complicated.

U of L has long been considered his favorite because his father, Shawn Teague, played for Rick Pitino at Boston University. But when he’s also looking at Kentucky, Cincinnati and Purdue, there are obviously some other factors involved.

Recent history indicates that’s not a good situation for Louisville. Don’t get hung up over this one.