University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell and his staff hosted a hope camp last weekend on campus and it produced a flurry of commitments.
The Cardinals have already landed three engagements from kids who attended camp, including one of Kentucky’s top prospects in the class of 2024.
Trinity High School sophomore pitcher Jake Schweitzer said he had five scholarship offers in total, but told Cardinal Authority he felt Louisville was “the right place” for him. He attended camp on Saturday and enlisted with the Cardinals on Monday evening.
“For me it wasn’t too difficult because I have a great support system around me,” said Schweitzer. “My coaches at Trinity and my family are helping me make the best decision for me. I felt like this was the right place for me in Louisville.”
Schweitzer, who has also received offers from Xavier, Alabama and others, said the relationship he has established with U of L coach Dan McDonnell, pitching coach Roger Williams and batting coach and recruiting coordinator Eric Snider was “just the best.”
“It was the right decision because I am very attached to the relationship with the coaches,” he said. “And not only is Louisville one of the best programs in the country, but I love the coaching staff. From Coach Mac to Coach Williams and Snider to Coach (Adam) Vrabel and Coach (Brian) Mundorf. I really like the coaching staff. “
Schweitzer, who will also play a shortstop at Trinity, has appeared in a total of 18 games as a rookie for the Shamrocks. Trinity won the school’s first state title and finished 41-2. He also pitched in six games, including a start in the state tournament opener against Hazard.
In the win over Hazard, Schweitzer pitched three innings and allowed just two hits, struck out four on strikes and allowed just one unearned run. It was his only win of the season on the mound. He finished with 8.2 innings and allowed seven hits, four earned runs, seven walks and 15 strikeouts.
Schweitzer also reached 0.280 with three RBIs for the Shamrocks.
“For me (the decision) does not relieve the pressure,” said Schweitzer. “For me there is now a much bigger target on my back. I just have to keep working hard.”
Schweitzer is now U of L’s third entry into the Shamrocks roster for next season, including senior outfielder Korbyn Dickerson and senior receiver Matt Klein. Outfielder Daylen Lile, who was Kentucky Mr. Baseball last season, signed with the U of L but chose to turn pro after high school.
The other 24 prospect who entered after the path was Fishers, Ind., High school pitcher / outfielder Jack Brown. The 6-foot, 185-pound Brown is ranked as the Indiana State’s No.2 player in the ’24 class.
Louisville now has a total of 12 entries in the ’24 class and has taken over the # 1 entry in the ’25 class. And that came after the camp of Kade Elam, the star of Corbin High School. He is also the Red Hounds starting quarterback in football and plays basketball.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Elam hit 0.375 with a homerun, 16 RBIs, 33 hits and 24 runs scored as an eighth-grader last season for Corbin. He completed 14 of 18 passes for 280 yards and two touchdowns for the Red Hounds in two games this season in football.
The Cardinals have 20 entries in the ’22 class, while they already have 14 entries in the ’23 class.