Mack, Dukes talk L'ville visit

Louisville commits Ryan Mack and Chris Dukes both visited Saturday to watch the Cardinals game against West Virginia. Both three-star prospects, Mack and Dukes spoke with about their visit and recruitment.

Ryan Mack, a 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman from Memphis, made an unofficial visit to Louisville Saturday for the Cardinals game against West Virginia. Mack, who committed to the Cardinals in July, made his first trip up to Louisville for a game this season.

"It was good," Mack said. "I really loved the atmosphere up there. They really show the players a good amount of love. So I looking forward to playing there."

Mack spoke with Louisville coaches Dave Borbely and Mike Groh while in town. Borbely, UofL's offensive line coach, said Mack could see playing time next season as the Cards lost four starters on the offensive front, including starting tackles Greg Tomczyk and Byron Stingily.

"I talked to Coach Groh and Coach Borbely," Mack said. "Coach Borbs was right to the point. He wants me to come up there and play as a freshman. He said if my head is on straight I could be in a starting position."

Mack helped lead his Wooddale team to an 8-4 record this season. He is one of the three finalists for Tennessee's Mr. Football offensive lineman award.

"I got nominated for Mr. Football, so I guess that's saying something," Mack said. "They make the announcement November 29. I'm in it with two other players. It would be big because this is just my second season playing football."

Mack said his commitment to Louisville is solid, though he plans to visit Tennessee and Memphis.

"I'll still probably take some official visits, though," Mack said. "I don't have a date of Tennessee, and I'm going to Memphis in January. I'm waiting until after the season for my official visit to Louisville."

Dukes enjoys trip

Chris Dukes, a three-star corner from Cincinnati, also made an unofficial visit to Louisville Saturday. He, and friend Steven Daniels, a three-star linebacker from Cincinnati St. Xavier, plan to schedule an official visit soon with the Cardinals.

Louisville three-star corner commit Chris Dukes from Cincinnati, OH.
"It was real fun, I enjoyed myself," Dukes said. "I plan on taking my official in December or January with my friend Steven Daniels. The visit was fun. I talked to some of the coaches and my childhood friends that plays for Louisville and went to their dorm after the game."

Dukes, who knew Louisville freshmen Tyon Dixon and Preston Brown from their high school days in Cincy, heard good things about Charlie Strong's team from his old buddies.

"Me, Tyon and Preston got a chance to catch up on things since I haven't been down there in awhile," Dukes said. "They said they've had a pretty good experience and there's a chance for me to get playing time next season."

Dukes also spoke with Louisville coaches Mike Sanford and Ron Dugans.

"All he (Sanford) was telling me is he can't wait to get me down there and how much they are excited about me coming down," Dukes said. "I would say I'm pretty firm in my commitment to Louisville but I think I'm also going to take a couple official visits."

Dukes said he's not sure which schools he might visit.

Dukes' Colerain team finished11-1, but lost to Daniels and St. Xavier in the regional playoff game. Dukes missed several games with a broken collarbone, but made one interception this season.

"We talk about it [playing together at UofL] every time I see him," Dukes said of Daniels. "He told me as soon as the season is over we're going to plan to visit Louisville."

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