Jefferson names leader

Larry Jefferson has strong family ties to Louisville. A three-star prospect from College Park (GA) Benneker, Jefferson, whose brother and sister live in the Louisville-area, as well as several cousins, is staying with family this week in Louisville while on spring break and plans to be a frequent visitor at spring practice for the Cardinals.

Larry Jefferson has strong family ties to Louisville. A three-star prospect from College Park (GA) Benneker, Jefferson, whose brother and sister live in the Louisville-area, as well as several cousins, is staying with family this week in Louisville while on spring break and plans to be a frequent visitor at spring practice for the Cardinals.

Jefferson, 6-4, 220, attended Louisville's practice last Friday and told InsideTheVille.com that he plans on watching Charlie Strong's team work out again on Monday.

"The visit [Friday] was real good, I liked it," Jefferson told InsideTheVille.com. "I attended their practice Friday and I'm going back to practice today. I liked practice. It was intense. I also saw all the facilities, and I talked to the coaches. I'll be going to practice throughout the week because I'm staying in Louisville for spring break."

While on the Louisville campus last Friday, Jefferson spoke with Strong and running backs coach Kenny Carter, who recruits the Atlanta-area for the Cardinals.

"I talked to Coach Strong and Coach Carter," Jefferson said. "My mother was with me and we just sat down and talked to them about everything. They want me to play tight end and they explained that I could come in and play right away if I work hard. I'm a tight end that can catch and run. I watched Louisville's tight ends during practice. They use the tight end a whole bunch and I like that."

Besides Louisville, Jefferson, who also runs track, has also visited Georgia this spring. While he plans to visit other schools, Louisville has emerged as the clear favorite in Jefferson's recruitment.

"I'm going to visit more schools, but they have to show me something real good to overtake Louisville because they're the top dog on the list, they're my leader," Jefferson said. "Me and the coaches at Louisville have a great relationship. Coach Carter and I have a real good relationship. I can just call him and talk about everything. Me and the head coach [Strong] also have a strong relationship and that's what I'm looking for in a program – a family."

"I'm going to make a decision before the season," Jefferson added. "Louisville is at the top. I'm going to check out Virginia Tech, California, Auburn, Georgia and Illinois. Right now nobody can take the lead from Louisville."

As a junior, Jefferson recorded 65 tackles and six sacks. On offense, he caught 50 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns. Jefferson has offers from Louisville, Auburn, Georgia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina.


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