Trumaine Washington flew under the radar in South Florida because of his size and there being so many high-level prospects in the area.
But the 5-foot-9, 180-pound standout from Miami Killian proved he was one of the better cornerbacks in the area week after week for an 8-4 team.
Washington shut down at least five big-time wide receivers in South Florida, including holding Scout.com's No. 3 wide receiver Ermon Lane to no catches and also getting an interception in that game.
"I really felt like I was under the radar," Washington said. "Not that many schools knew me until late. But I faced some of the best receivers in the nation. I stopped some of the best out there.
"They knew they didn't have any catches on me."
Washington said he didn't think he had a full offer from U of L but assistant coaches Terrell Buckley and Lamar Thomas wanted to get him in front Petrino. He will make a visit this weekend to Louisville.
He was recruited by Buckley to Akron and had been committed since December, but now is also hearing from Syracuse, West Virginia and Washington State. Thomas had recruited him for Western Kentucky.
"They want me to shake his hand, let him see how I look and we will go from there," Williams said. "People say my size holds me back, but I feel like I can get the job done. I'm only 5-9 but I play a lot bigger.
"Plus, they really like my return game and how I do there."
Washington had four interceptions as a senior and nine for his career, while also returning two punts for touchdowns this past season.
While he might also make a visit to Syracuse, Washington said he it very "intrigued" about U of L and has some ties to U of L. He said he played when he was younger with current U of L running back Brandon Radcliff and "know of the other" guys who are form South Florida on the roster.
"They have a lot of guys from around here," he said. "Coach Petrino knows his football and knows how to win. Coach Buckley is the cornerback coach and knows what he's doing. It is all pretty good with Louisville.
"I like Louisville. It's pretty nice and going good."