Charleston guard Kobe Rodgers  commits to Louisville on blockbuster trade…

The number of players on the University of Louisville men’s basketball roster is now at nine.

Former Charleston guard Kobe Rodgers has committed to the Cardinals and is expected to redshirt next season. The Field of 68s Jeff Goodman first reported the news.

U of L coach Pat Kelsey and his staff have been trying to rebuild the roster after he took over on March 28. None of the 13 scholarship players from last season are expected to return to the Cardinals’ roster for next season.

The 6-foot-3 Rodgers, who is from Cincinnati, is the latest. He was injured in the NCAA Tournament loss to Alabama. He’s the third Charleston player to join the roster, following guard Reyne Smith and forward James Scott.

A former standout from Nova Southeastern, Rodgers played just one season at Charleston. He had helped Nova Southeastern to a Division III national title two years ago when he averaged 13.2 points a game.

This past season, Rodgers appeared in 31 games and was a starter 18 times. He averaged 21.7 minutes a game and averaged 9.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 1.2 steals a game. He had 24 points in 23 minutes of action against Townson in mid-January.

Rodgers was named to the All-CAA Tournament team after 10.6 points a game in three games.

Louisville football added to its 2025 recruiting class on Thursday as Wapakoneta (Ohio) High School tight end Grant Houser announced his commitment to the Cardinals.

A 6-foot-5, 230-pound three-star prospect, Houser, who visited Louisville over the weekend, chose the Cardinals over additional scholarships from Air Force, Arkansas State, Army, Central Michigan, Connecticut, Cornell, Eastern Michigan, Miami of Ohio, Navy, Toledo and others.

For Houser, the decision came down to feeling at home and the potential the UofL staff can help him reach.

“The thing that set them apart was the realness of it,” Houser told Cardinal Authority. “They didn’t try showing us flashy things or talking about what I could get from going there, instead they talked about how I would be developed and what we could do together. They have a great coaching staff, coach Wallace is a great guy. It just overall felt like home and I’m excited to get to work.”

The future Cardinal tight end is grateful for the recruiting process, but also to have his college choice made.

“Feels good,” he said. “Loved the process but glad to have the final decision made.”

He’s in the process of scheduling his official visit

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