Thibodeaux wants to play for a winner

New Iberia, La., Westgate defensive lineman Tae Thibodeaux will sign with Louisville on Wednesday morning. The three-star prospect told Cardinal Authority that he saw the opportunity to play for a winner at U of L.

New Iberia, La., Westgate defensive lineman Tae Thibodeaux was ready to make his college choice until a pair of late scholarship offers arrived the night before signing day. Louisville and Arkansas both extended an offer to the three-star prospect which put the brakes on his pending college decision.

Instead of signing a Letter of Intent last week, the 6-foot-2, 260-pound lineman scheduled visits with both the Cardinals and Razorbacks.

Louisville was up first. After spending the weekend in the Derby City, Thibodeaux returned home and announced via Twitter that he will be signing with the Cardinals.

"I am just so blessed to be in this situation," he told Cardinal Authority.

The opportunity to play an exciting schedule in the Cardinals new conference and compete for a national championship played a significant factor in his decision.

"I get to play in the ACC," he explained. "We open against Miami and get to play teams like Florida State and Clemson. I really like where Louisville is going. Petrino is a winner and I wanted to play for a winner. The defending national champion is in the ACC and with this new playoff, Petrino can get us there. The facilities and the stadium are great, too. I really liked everything about it."

Thibodeaux also enjoyed his time in the community and spending time with members of the team.

"The city itself was beautiful," he said. "The players were all like brothers and they took me in and I could feel that bond."

His familiarity with the 3-4 defense that defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is installing also played a role.

"He wants me to play defensive end in the 3-4," he said.

He'll make his college choice official on Wednesday morning at a ceremony at his school. His family, teachers and friends will all attend his signing event.

"I'm just so happy," he said.

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