The University of Louisville football team has been blessed with some talented middle linebackers in recent memory, including current star James Burgess.
Well, Smiths Station, Ala., High School coach Jason Dukes thinks another future star is on the way in recent signee Amonte Caban.
The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Caban is ranked as the No. 1 inside linebacker in the state of Alabama and the No. 12 prospect nationally at that position was one of six players from Alabama that signed with the Cardinals last month.
At the time of his signing, U of L defensive coordinator Todd Grantham called him "one of those guys who can play in the middle," of the Cardinals' defense.
Dukes told Cardinal Authority he has no doubt.
"He was our heart and soul," Dukes said. "He's a very physical, 110 percent guy who has only one speed and that's full speed. He's a really good one.
"As an inside guy, you have to be physical at the level he's going to play because sometimes you can find yourself taking on 300 or 320 pound offensive guards. He can take those guys on and also is athletic enough to get around them."
Caban registered a team-high 157 tackles as a senior. He also drew scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Clemson, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee and others before picking Louisville.
Dukes said his former player is going to be a play maker at the next level.
"His football IQ is off the charts," Dukes said. "He's one of those guys after a few players, even the opponents know he's a different level player. He's special."