Miami commits will visit Louisville

Miami commitments Herbert Waters and James Burgess, three-star prospects from Homestead, Fla., will make official visits to Louisville next weekend, and plan to bring a third teammate along for the trip.

Miami commitments Herbert Waters and James Burgess will make official visits to Louisville next weekend.

Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt, who helped lure B.J. Dubose away from the Hurricanes last year, visited the Homestead (FL) teammates this week in South Florida.

Waters, a three-star wide receiver, said his in-home visit with Hurtt was impressive.

"It went great," Waters said. "We did a house visit and he came to my house and sat down and talked with my mom and brother. We plan to visit Louisville next weekend – me and James Burgess."

Hurtt's pitch to Waters and Burgess, a three-star outside linebacker who recorded more than 130 tackles last season, is simple: Come to Louisville and play for the Big East champs. The Cardinals played nearly one dozen true freshmen this season, including several former Florida high school stars like Dubose, Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, and Andrew Johnson, and won at least a share of the Big East title.

LB James Burgess
"My interest is very high in Louisville," Waters said. "We mostly talked about me academic-wise. That's the most important thing. He asked me what I want to major in and I told him criminal justice. As far as athletic-wise, he talked about all the freshmen that played and started this year. He talked about a few guys that I know personally - Andrew Johnson, Eli Rogers, Teddy Bridgewater."

That Louisville played and won with freshmen, mostly from Florida, this season is a major reason why Waters is strongly considering Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

"That's why I'm most interested in Louisville," Waters said. "Coach Hurtt was saying he keeps his word and if he says you can play he showed that by playing 14 freshmen, and many of them starting, this year. It's a definite plus. I like to work hard and get what I earn. If I choose to go there I'm going to work hard and try to take somebody's spot."

The highly-publicized NCAA investigation into Miami and the uncertainty surrounding Al Golden's Hurricanes has Waters and Burgess considering other options.

"I'm committed to Miami, but not fully committed," said Waters, who is rated the No. 85 wide receiver prospect nationally. "I'm keeping all of my options open. That's why I'm taking all of my trips to let everyone know I'm keeping my options open."

Besides Louisville, Waters plans to visit Vanderbilt in January. "That's the only school at this point until the other schools come in to visit," said Waters.

Burgess, rated the No. 85 linebacker nationally, missed most of his senior year with a broken hand. He recorded 13 tackles and an interception in the season opener before going out with injury. He could be a candidate to enroll early in January.

A third teammate, defensive lineman Pedro Sibiea, will visit Louisville with Waters and Burgess. A two-star prospect, the 6'3, 265 Sibiea has already visited Cincinnati.

Waters and Burgess are set to visit Miami December 2-3.

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