Junior college offensive tackle Justin Sandifer said he had a "pretty good" feeling where he might want to play his college ball before a weekend visit.
And then after spending time at the University of Louisville, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Sandifer was sold on U of L coach Bobby Petrino's program.
Sandifer, who played the past two seasons at Hinds, Miss., Community College, said he told Petrino he wanted to commit before leaving campus. But Sandifer must complete a two-week on-line course before he can officially sign the Cardinals.
"I want to be there but I have to take this class first," he said. "It's just two weeks and then I can be there (in January)."
Sandifer, a former West Virginia commitment, said the U of L staff told him he could compete for a spot on the offensive line next season.
"They said they're losing a good quick tackle and that I could come in," he said. "They told me I could be the next Jamon Brown. I liked coach (Chris Klenakis), he seemed like a very good guy and I like how he operates.
"I'm excited, I just have to complete this class."
Hinds assistant coach Dwike Wilson said Sandifer is "a strong, athletic lineman" who will have two years to play at U of L.If his academic situation is cleared up, Sandifer would sign with the Cardinals and enroll next month, making him eligible for spring ball.
Wilson said LSU, Florida and Georgia all offered Sandifer back in the spring but his recruitment now has been "weird and quiet" until U of L has come calling in recent weeks.
"He's a very big, athletic kid and he's mean," Wilson said. "He's a mean one."
Sandifer is originally from Greenwood, Miss., and graduated from Leflore County.
"I loved everything about Louisville, the campus, the coaches, the team," Sandifer said. "I'm just really excited."