2012 DT Pearson Names Favorite

Tyrone Pearson, a 2012 defensive tackle from Louisville (Ky) Seneca, grew up a big UofL fan. The 6'3, 270-pound lineman picked up an early offer from Charlie Strong last week, and has attended the Cardinals first two games this season. Saturday, Pearson told InsideTheVille.com that there's a clear favorite in his recruitment.

Tyrone Pearson, a powerful 2012 defensive tackle prospect from Louisville (Ky) Seneca, told InsideTheVille.com Saturday that he's ready to commit to UofL coach Charlie Strong.

Pearson, a teammate of 2011 UofL quarterback commit DaMarcus Smith, picked up an offer from the Cardinals last week and ranks as one of the top junior linemen in Kentucky.

"Last week they [Louisville coaches] told me they were ready to offer and I told them that I was ready to come [to Louisville]," Pearson told InsideTheVille.com Saturday afternoon. "[But] we haven't really sat down and talked about it yet. I'll probably [commit] when we sit down and talk about everything. If everything sounds right then that's what I'm going to do."

Pearson, who reportedly also holds an offer from Kentucky, made clear that Louisville is his favorite.

"Louisville is where I've been raised and brought up," Pearson said. "This is all I know. This is the team that I love. Playing for them would be a great accomplishment for me."

A 6-foot-3, 270-pound prospect, Pearson attended Louisville's first two games this season. He made an unofficial visit for yesterday's game against Eastern Kentucky to watch Charlie Strong's first win at UofL and said he's seen considerable improvement from the Cardinals this season.

"It's noticable how much they've changed," Pearson said. "Coach Strong has only had one recruiting class and he's already turned the team around. If you watched the game [against Kentucky] there were plenty of chances they could have won the game. They just lacked the talent."

Pearson is a big fan of UofL coach Charlie Strong.

"He's a phenomenal coach," Pearson said. "I watch how he gets in his players faces during practice. He doesn't back down from any challenges. He leads his team and everybody follows around him."

Pearson, who benches more than 300-pounds and runs a 4.9 forty, anchors the defense for Seneca's 3-1 team this season.

"I've got a whole lot of power and I know how to use my strength," Pearson said. "I have good quickness and speed and I'm very smart. There have been times when I just sit and watch film for hours and hours just so I can learn an offensive linemans moves, tendencies and weaknesses."

Pearson worked with Louisville defensive line coach Clint Hurtt this summer at UofL's one-day camp and learned a lot from the experience.

"He gave me a lot of advice," Pearson said. "He told me how to use my strength and move around and use my hands. That's something that has helped me out this season. Last year, I didn't do that that much. Using my hands has been a big key."

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