Sicklerville (NJ) Timber Creek prospect Kareem Ali, one of the nation's most sought-after cornerbacks, is planning on making his college decision known on Thursday afternoon and Louisville is in the mix.
Rated as the No. 41 corner in the nation by Scout.com, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Ali holds about two dozen scholarship offers. In addition to the Louisville offer, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia, West Virginia and others made up his impressive list.
Ali recently narrowed his list of schools and spent recent days visiting those high on his list, spending Tuesday in the Derby City.
While reports surfaced prior to the visit that indicated Ali eliminated Louisville and West Virginia from his list, they may have been premature when it comes to the Cardinals. The nephew of former University of Louisville defensive back Josh Minkins, Ali has long hoped for an offer from the Cardinals and his recent visit has the Cardinals now under heavy consideration.
Time spent reaching out to the Louisville coaching staff by Timber Creek head coach Rob Hinson was rewarded when Cardinals offensive coordinator Garrick McGee responded with an offer for Ali and 2016 four-star wide receiver teammate Cameron Chambers.
"Louisville has always been a dream offer for him, because his uncle (Josh Minkins) played there," Hinson explained on Wednesday. "The previous staff never responded to our efforts to get Louisville involved in his recruitment. I was finally able to contact Coach McGee, who immediately extended an offer to Kareem and Cameron."
The relationship between McGee and Ali, which strengthened during his visit, has the chances of Louisville landing his commitment trending upward.
"Coach McGee's ability to connect with Kareem and convey Louisville's strong interest despite the lack of interest from the previous staff," Hinson said.
According to Hinson, Ali will make his decision known on Thursday at 2:10 p.m., with the Louisville, Maryland and Pittsburgh making up the finalists.
"He just spent several days in Louisville, and had all positive reviews of the school, team, and staff," said Hinson. "So, I believe Louisville should like their chances."