Jacquese Kirk Visits Louisville

Jacquese Kirk, three-star cornerback from Jasper-Walker, Ala., took an official visit this past weekend to Louisville. He has been committed since the spring, but other schools have continued to recruit him. He talked about the weekend trip and an upcoming visit to the SEC.

"The visit to Louisville was real nice," said Jacquese Kirk. "I pretty much knew everything about Louisville. I have been committed to them for a while. I know mostly everything, so there wasn't much else they could tell or show me.

"What really stood out to me about the trip were the players. I feel real comfortable around them. That's a big thing for me. You should be able to get along with the players. You should be able to picture yourself around them for the next four years.

"The coaches have made me feel very comfortable, and I feel like I know everything about them. I have been around my high school coaches for four years. I have only been around the Louisville coaches for a year. I feel like I know just as much about them. I know them on a personal level. They welcome you with open arms."

Kirk talked more in-depth about the official visit.

"We got up there around 4:00 p.m. on Friday," he said. "We ate at the hotel. I went out with my host, Hakeem Smith. He made First Team All-Big East this year. He is a real cool dude. We hung out a lot. It was a lot of fun.

"The next day we spent a lot of time with the coaches. We went to the Louisville-Marquette basketball game. That was a lot of fun. It was a real good atmosphere. All the fans were screaming come to U of L. They were happy to see all of us.

"I got some one-on-one time with coach Bedford. Coach Bedford and I watched film with Hakeem. He was telling us how their best cornerback was going in the draft. They had to move a couple of guys on offense to play in the defensive backfield. They are looking for true defensive backs to come in and play. They want me to come in and play cornerback.

"I talked to coach Strong before I left. He talked about education. He wants me to get my education. He said that is the most important thing. He also wants to compete for national championships. I am in very good terms with the coaching staff.

"It was great to hang out with all of the guys. Spencer Region and Robert Terrell were up there. A couple players from Florida and a player from Memphis were there. I think there were 10 of us. Most of us are committed. All of the guys seemed cool. They didn't seem arrogant or cocky. I feel like Louisville did a good job recruiting good players and players who can get along with each other."

Kirk has scheduled an official visit this weekend to Vanderbilt.

"When coach Caldwell was there they recruited me pretty hard," said Kirk. "I wanted to go up there to see how everything is. It's close to home, and I know it's a great education. I liked the coaching staff. I felt good about them. Then the coaches changed. Coach Caldwell sent me a message saying he was no longer with Vanderbilt and didn't know if I still had an offer.

"When the new staff arrived they called saying they saw my tape and wanted me to come for a visit. They told me I was one of their top recruits. They told me I could play either wide receiver or cornerback. They told me I could play whatever I wanted.

"Vanderbilt was the first school I ever took an unofficial visit to. I liked it a lot. They weren't recruiting me hard at first, but then they saw my grades, and turned it up. I just want to weigh my options. I am committed to Louisville. If I am still feeling Louisville when I go up to Vanderbilt I will stay committed."

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