Towbridge favors Louisville

Keith Browbridge visited Louisville and Cincinnati this week. Though the 6'5, 245 pound tight end from Toledo (OH) Central Catholic, was impressed with the Bearcats, Charlie Strong's Cardinals are the team to beat for his services.

Keith Browbridge visited Louisville and Cincinnati this week. Though the 6'5, 245 pound tight end from Toledo was impressed with the Bearcats, Charlie Strong's Cardinals appear positioned to land a commitment from Towbridge in the near future.

"Right now it's Louisville," Towbridge told Wednesday. "Everybody is looking for tight ends and I'm a great fit for Louisville and Louisville wants me. They throw to their tight ends and they use two or three tight ends on the field at all times. So I'd get a lot of playing time if I go there."

Towbridge made an unofficial visit to Louisville on Monday with his mother. Though Towbridge says he and his mother discussed the possibility of committing after the visit, more involved discussions with his father, uncles and coaches will occur before he pulls the trigger on a decision.

"I'm either going to make my decision by the end of this week or this summer," Towbridge said. "I've discussed making a commitment with my mom, but I have to show respect to all my uncles, coaches and dad. I have to get the word from them and then I will probably make my decision on where I want to go."

Towbridge admitted that a decision this week would bode well for Strong's Cardinals. Louisville defensive back coach Tommy Restivo has developed a solid relationship with Towbridge and will be in charge of following up with the top tight end post-visit.

"I talk to Coach Restivo once or twice a week. He's a great recruiter," said Towbridge. "He's on my tail about coming to Louisville. He wants me to come to Louisville because he thinks its a great fit for me and I do too."

Towbridge said he met all the members of Strong's coaching staff during his visit and felt that he would fit in well at Louisville.

"It was a great experience," said Towbridge. "Coach Strong is a fabulous coach, one of the best coaches. He's a great coach to be around. I met all the coaches [on my visit], Coach Restivo, the offensive coordinator [Shawn Watson]. They are fun to be around and I was very comfortable."

Towbridge was also impressed with Louisville's campus and facilities.

"The weight room is fabulous and the surrounding area is good," Towbridge said. "The coaches are good and I think it is a good fit for me. They like to use the tight end. I'm physical for a tight end and my size, athleticism and ball skills, and blocking [are good]. So I think it should be a good fit for me."

Towbridge watched Louisville practice while in town and came away impressed with how Watson uses the Cardinals tight ends in his offense.

"It was a very intense practice," Towbridge said. "My overall impression was that it was intense and aggressive. They competed the whole time. I watched the tight end work the whole time and they ran them a lot during 7 on 7 and the team drills."

After practice, Towbridge met sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, the player who would be throwing the ball his way if he picks Louisville. Towbridge said Bridgewater, the Big East Freshman of the Year, was extremely impressive and a player he'd like to play on the same team.

"He has some huge hands," Towbridge said. "He makes plays that you couldn't even make in the real game. He's a fabulous quarterback."

Besides an offer from Louisville, Towbridge also is considering Cincinnati, Nebraska, Illinois, Kentucky, Purdue, Bowling Green and Toledo. Towbridge said he also enjoyed his visit with the Bearcats.

"The experience was great, the facilities were great," Towbridge said. "The coaching staff is fabulous. They're very laid back, but their practice was real aggressive. They were in each others faces and everything."

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