Recruits making visits

Charlie Strong and Rick Pitino will both host multiple prospects on visits this weekend.

Louisville will host Connecticut Saturday afternoon at PJCS and both Charlie Strong and Rick Pitino will be hosting recruits this weekend.

Strong will welcome at least two official visitors to campus – Mike Romano, a two-star center from Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Gionni Paul, a three-star linebacker from Lakeland, Fla.

Romano, 6'4, 275, has already verbally committed to play for Louisville next season. Romano, who has developed a close bond with Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt throughout the recruiting process, could play next season for the Cardinals. Louisville loses four starters on the offensive line, plus several top reserves.

"They want me to come in and play early, either at center or somewhere else on the line," Romano said this week. "They said they want to get me on the field."

Romano's teammate, LaMarcus Brutus, told Scout.com a few days ago that he would visit Louisville this weekend. Brutus is a three-star safety prospect who has verbally committed to Florida State.

Paul, a speedy 6'0, 225-pound linebacker, will make his first official visit to Louisville. Rated the 41st best outside linebacker prospect nationally, Paul recorded 160 tackles and six sacks as a junior. He has offers from ACC, SEC, Big East and Big 10 teams, including Auburn, Louisville, LSU, Michigan, West Virginia, Tennessee and Michigan. Paul plans to visit LSU, Auburn, and Tennessee. He'll visit LSU Nov. 13.

"I like coach Charlie Strong," Gionni Paul said. "He was good at Florida and I like that he's a defense-minded coach. I think he'll turn it around at Louisville."

Basketball Visits

Rick Pitino will host 2011 point guard Angel Rodriguez on an official visit, and three 2012 prospects will also be on campus.


Negus Webster-Chan
Rodriguez, a three-star prospect from Miami, visited Kansas State last week and still plans to visit NC State. Though Frank Martin's Wildcats are the presumed frontrunner, Rodriguez wants to check out the Cardinals and Wolfpack before he chooses his school.

Pitino will also host 2012 prospects Phillip Nolan, Negus Webster-Chan and Darrick Wood.

Webster-Chan is a promising 6'7, 175-pound guard/forward from Huntington Prep who has drawn recruiting attention from several big-time schools, including Ohio State, Syracuse, Baylor and Kentucky. Chan attends the same prep school as 2010 Louisville recruits Gorgui Dieng and Justin Coleman.

Wood, a teammate of Webster-Chan at Huntington, is a 6'3 guard with elite athleticism and leaping ability. He is a strong going to the basket and finishes in transition. He holds an offer from South Florida.

Nolan, a 6'10 center/forward, is an intriguing prospect from Milwaukee because of his length, ball-handling ability, shot blocking prowess and quickness. Though Nolan is still raw offensively, and needs more strength to finish around the rim, he has a good skill set for a big man. Nolan has offers from Marquette and Baylor.


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