Klusman names leader

T.C. Klusman, a 6'4, 280-pound offensive lineman from Cincinnati Elder, favors Louisville and Pittsburgh. Klusman camped with the Panthers last week, and could make a decision after attending Louisville's camp this weekend. Do the Cardinals have an edge?

Louisville holds five commitments in the Class of 2012. T.C. Klusman, a talented offensive lineman from Cincinnati, could be next.

Klusman, who attends the same high school as former Louisville standout and current Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Eric Wood, said Wednesday that Louisville and Pittsburgh are the top two schools on his list and that he might be ready to make a decision after attending Charlie Strong's one-day camp this Saturday. Klusman visited Pittsburgh last week.

"Louisville and Pittsburgh are my top two because they are the only schools that have offered," Klusman said. "I went to Pitt last week and we had a nice visit there. I'm going to Northwestern's camp Friday and Louisville's camp on Saturday. I could make a decision then because I really like Pitt and Louisville. I could see me playing at both of those schools."

While Pittsburgh has made a strong impression on Klusman this spring, Louisville has a slight edge for Klusman's services.

"If I had to lean one way it would probably be toward Louisville," Klusman said. "I'm calling both schools tonight to see where we're all at. The main thing [this weekend] is comparing the coaches at [Pitt and Louisville]. I want to see how they coach and how I would fit what they do."

Why is Louisville in the lead?

"It's just the connection I have with the coaches," Klusman said. "Plus, Louisville is closer to hometown than Pittsburgh. But the main thing is the comfort level I have with the coaches, and the head coach. I love the Pittsburgh coaches, but there's something about Louisville that me and Coach Strong, Coach Borbely and Coach Watson all connect on."

Louisville already has a commitment from 6'4, 295-pound Indianapolis offensive lineman Sid Anvoots in this class. Anvoots, who also will attend Louisville's camp this weekend, has developed a friendship with Klusman and plans to work on Klusman for the Cardinals.

"I'm looking forward to spending more time with Coach Borbely and getting to know him a little more and seeing if I could play for him four or five year in his style of offense and coaching," Klusman said.

Klusman visited Louisville twice this spring to watch the Cardinals practice and talk with members of Charlie Strong's coaching staff.

"My first visit we went down for a scrimmage during spring practice," Klusman said. "We watched the game then went inside and toured the facilities. Coach Watson, the recruiting coach for my area, and Coach Borbely sat down with me and my parents and talked for about an hour. We came back a few weeks later for a longer weekend and went in and talked to Coach Borbely and Watson for another hour ."

Though Louisville and Pittsburgh are his only two offers, Illinois is trying to get him to attend their camp next week, and Northwestern is also showing interest.

"He [Borbely] likes my feet and him and Coach Strong think I would fit into the program. They like how I play, how I get after it and my aggressiveness on the line," Klusman said. "They feel like I'm a really good fit for their style of offense. They've been telling me I could play center, tackle or guard depending on need and [development]."

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