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Ballard High’s Josh Minkins Jr. commits to Cards

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Josh Minkins Jr. finally got the scholarship offer he coveted and decided to stay home.

Minkins, a 6-foot-3, 183-pound defensive back from Ballard High School, announced his commitment to the University of Louisville football team on Friday.

Minkins’ father, Josh Sr., played defensive back at U of L from 2000-03. But the younger Minkins said that wasn’t the only reason he chose the Cardinals.

“Coach (Scott Satterfield) wants me to come in and play as a freshman,” Minkins Jr. said. “He doesn’t want me to come in there and sit around and be a freshman who gets passed up. I want to play early and put on for my city and represent.”

Minkins is ranked as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com. Last season at Ballard, he posted 15 tackles and three interceptions and also played wide receiver, hauling in 16 receptions for 259 yards and four touchdowns.

Minkins was recruited as a defensive back at Louisville, but also received scholarship offers as a wide receiver. Other schools he was considering included Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio) and Purdue.

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“I know U of L is the one he coveted, being a legacy guy,” Ballard coach Adrian Morton said. “Being able to play the same place as his father played is awesome. He’s a big-sized defensive back with great ball skills. One thing I told any coach who came in this spring is that he has a high football IQ. No matter where you put him … he’s going to dive in be strong.”

Minkins is the Cards’ 11th commit in the Class of 2020 and the second from Louisville. Christian Academy defensive end Austin Collins committed to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Minkins said he leaned on Ballard product Marshon Ford, now a sophomore tight end with the Cardinals, for advice during the recruiting process.

“He just told me about the culture and the way things are with the new coaching staff,” Minkins said.

Minkins’ commitment follows that of Henry Bryant III, a three-star defensive tackle from Delray, Florida who chose the Cardinals on Thursday over NC State, Duke and a few other Power 5 schools. Lineman Kobe Baynes committed Wednesday. 

Half of Louisville’s commitments have come on either the offensive or defensive line so far. Seven of the commitments are on defense and three on offense, including three-star quarterback Tee Webb, who plans to enroll in school early. 

Cameron Teague Robinson contributed to this story. 

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @kyhighs. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: www.courier-journal.com/jasonf.

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