"I had a great time," Region said. "This visit probably helped out Louisville a lot. I sat down with Coach [Charlie] Strong and talked to him about how I can help this program. He wants me to come in and compete right away to play early. That's a big thing. I really think Coach Strong and his staff really have things going right. I really believe Louisville will be back to doing good things again – they're doing good things right now."
Region, who came away from his weekend impressed with Louisville's facilities and fan support, said he also met Louisville's quarterback of the future, five-star Miami quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Bridgewater has enrolled at UofL for the spring semester and is a leading candidate to be the starting quarterback next season.
"Of course he wants me to come in because I would protect him," Region said. "He's a good guy and we had a good talk."
"I've known Jake from all the camps in Alabama and we've always been buddies," Region said. "They showed me the campus and the biggest thing I like about Jake and Chris is they didn't B.S. me on my visit. They let me know how it was and told me what goes on at Louisville.
"They told me they loved it at Louisville, but they told me this place isn't for everyone. They said if you don't want to work hard and be apart of something big you need to go somewhere else. He said Coach Strong demands from the players, whether it's going to class or football. It's big-time with Coach Strong."
How serious is Region considering Louisville? The talented offensive lineman said he felt extremely comfortable with the Louisville players on his visit, and plans to make an unofficial visit back to Louisville the weekend before National Signing Day.
"I'm coming back to Louisville Jan. 28 to relax and chill with Jake since I don't have a visit scheduled," Region said. "I want to hang out with Jake and Chris Acosta and relax and chill and see what it's like when I'm not on an official visit and they're not trying to win me over. I think it will be good because I have a good relationship with the guys on the team right now."
Region said there are a combination of factors that make him interested in the Cardinals.
"It's a combination of a lot of things," said Region. "The bond I have with the players. I really believe in Coach Strong and his staff. I think they're going to do great things. They have a great Criminal Justice program and that's my planned major program. I love Louisville."
"Auburn is still in the mix, too," Region said. "I'm just going to take all the visits, sit down and see how the chips fall."