Jefferson talks Louisville visit

Three-star TE Larry Jefferson has been committed to Louisville since April, but that hasn't stopped Arkansas, Kentucky, and others from recruiting him. Jefferson made an official visit to Louisville last weekend and spoke about his future with

Larry Jefferson was one of Charlie Strong's first commitments in the Class of 2012. The 6'5, 218-pound three-star Banneker, Ga., tight end had visited Louisville twice before making his official visit last weekend.

Jefferson, one of the Cardinals top commits, was one of 14 official visitors for Strong's program last weekend, including 13 who will play for the Cardinals next season. Jefferson said he enjoyed meeting his future teammates.

"It was great, I had a lot of fun meeting the players," Jefferson said. "We had a lot of fun hanging out. It was all great. There wasn't one highlight moment..though the Yum Center was real cool."

Junior wide receiver Jarrett Davis served as Jefferson's host. Davis showed Jefferson around campus and introduced him to a bunch of his fellow Cardinal teammates.

"It was good," Jefferson said. "They liked me and I just chilled with them and had fun. They showed me around the city. They said it takes hard work and dedication to play at Louisville for Coach Strong."

Though Jefferson played on both sides of the football as a senior, Louisville recruited him to play tight end, a position of need for the Cardinals after the graduation of starting tight end Josh Chichester. This season, Jefferson recorded more than 400 receiving yards and 13 sacks, earning Atlanta Journal first team all-state honors at tight end.

"They told me to keep working hard," Jefferson said. "I know I'm going to get playing time. I know that. They told me I have a chance to get a lot of playing time. I'm not a regular tight end. I can run routes faster than a normal tight end and make big plays."

Though he's been committed to Louisville since last April, Arkansas, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Oklahoma State and California tried to recruit Jefferson. Two weeks before NSD, Jefferson says his commitment is solid and he has no other official visits planned. He'll sign with Louisville Feb. 1 during a ceremony at his school.

"I'm just waiting to put pen to paper," Jefferson said.

Jefferson says he's on track to qualify academically.

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