Sprouse enjoys Louisville visit

Louisville was the first school to offer Damon Sprouse, and the 6-5, 276-pound offensive tackle from Decatur, Ga., made an unofficial visit to check out Charlie Strong's program on Saturday.

Louisville was the first school to offer Damon Sprouse, and the 6-5, 276-pound offensive tackle from Decatur, Ga., made an unofficial visit to check out Charlie Strong's program on Saturday. Sprouse, who attended Louisville's practice on Saturday, was accompanied by both parents and his younger brother.

"It was great," Sprouse said. "They have a nice campus and I noticed that the [coaches] have high expectations for academics. I was excited to see [Louisville] practice for the first time and see what it was like. My mom really liked Louisville because of their academic expectations and my father feels the same way. I'm considering them. It's a good school."

What did Sprouse think about Strong's practice? "I like the togetherness of the team and how they come out and have fun," said Sprouse. "Everything was so intense."

Following practice, Sprouse spoke with Strong and several members of his staff. He's being recruited by Kenny Carter, who recruits the Atlanta area for the Cardinals. "I didn't really meet any players, but I did talk to Coach Strong, Coach [Clint] Hurtt and Coach Carter," Sprouse said. "They said they expect me to do good in class as well as on the field. They told me they need more offensive tackles, and Coach [Dave] Borbely said if I came I'd be playing tackle."

Sprouse watched Borbely work with Louisville's offensive linemen during Saturday's practice. "He focused on teaching technique," Sprouse said. "That's a good thing because I'm not used to that. He was pretty calm in the way he coached. They are a pretty good passing team and my strength is pass blocking. If they have me on the edge that would benefit their passing game."

Sprouse spoke with 2011 Louisville signee Jamon Brown while at practice and got to know the Cardinals future defensive tackle. "He said he grew up watching the team and he said Coach Strong impacted the team's winning," Sprouse said. "He changed them from a loser into a winner and won a bowl game. He said he expects [the coaches] to make the team better than it was."

Sprouse said he's considering coming back for Louisville's spring game. He has no other visits scheduled this spring, but is receiving interest from Georgia Tech.

"I'll make my decision after the football season," Sprouse said. "The quality of facilities is number one on my list. Number two factor is their commitment to helping you achieve in school as well as on the field. I haven't visited any other schools, but Louisville sounds good. I really liked their dorms and practice facilities."


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