Rhaheed discusses new direction in recruiting

Scout.com four-star prospect Sharieff Rhaheed spent a few days visiting Louisville last week and the one-time LSU pledge has since reopened his recruiting process. The DE/LB target spoke with Cardinal Authority and discussed his status.

Last week Sharieff Rhaheed spent three days visiting the University of Louisville football program. At that time the 6-foot-3, 210-pound four-star prospect was committed to LSU.

Communication between the Tigers and Rhaheed has dropped in recent weeks and on Tuesday he announced that he was reopening his recruiting process.

"I haven't really been in contact with the coaches, there's distance in the relationship with the coaches," he told FOX Sports Next's Amy Campbell. "They haven't really been answering my calls, so I want to see my options from other schools."

Rhaheed says that he remains open to LSU, but has a number of impressive opportunities that he is now strongly considering.

"I don't really have a list, but I have a few schools that I'm really looking at," he said. "Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Miami, Louisville and Ole Miss are just a couple that I'm looking at."

While visiting Louivsille, Rhaheed, who is recovering from a wrist injury, spent time checking out the U of L campus, meeting with coaches and getting to know many members of the team.

"It was nice," he said of the trip. "I was able to meet with some of the coaches. It was a good campus and I liked how it felt like a players atmosphere."

While on his visit, his Fort Pierce (Fla) Central teammate and close friend Rashawn Shaw committed to the Cardinals, something that Rhaheed says will, "play into a little," when making his future college choice.

"We've known each other since the eighth grade, but we text back every day or every other day," Rhaheed said of his friendship with Shaw. "We have this competitive thing between us about who is going to get to the quarterback first."

Shaw has become a top recruiter since pledging to the Cardinals last week.

"He talks a lot about what he likes at Louisville," said Rhaheed. "He sends texts like every 30 minutes."

Rhaheed, who will visit Arkansas later this month, doesn't have a time frame for making his college decision, but admits that it is one that could happen at any time.

"I don't know when I'm going to commit," he explained. "I could be this week, it could be Saturday, it could be a couple months from now. I have to feel that this is the best school for me."

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