Ranked among the nation's best defenses the past few seasons, University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and defensive coordinator Todd Grantham are recruiting to keep that a consistent trend.
Their efforts to find the nation's top defensive prospects resulted in the Cardinals making the cut for one of the nation's top defensive tackles on Tuesday afternoon.
Julian Rochester, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound four-star prospect, has the talent that is drawing attention from schools across the country. The offer list for the Powder Springs (Ga.) McEachern lineman includes more than half of the programs in the ACC and SEC, plus multiple schools from the Big 10 and others.
That growing list has been trimmed to ten.
Rochester listed (in his order) Georgia, Auburn, Clemson, Louisville, LSU, Tennessee, Florida, Oregon and USC. He left the opportunity for another program to claim the tenth spot by claiming in his post on the social media network Twitter, "anybody that can open my eyes."
Rochester is ranked as the No.5 defensive tackle prospect in the South Region and is among the top ten nationally.
Currently considered a Georgia lean, U of L does have a few connections that could further assist in pushing the Cardinals higher up his list. Defensive coordinator Todd Grantham spent four seasons coaching the Bulldogs defense and continues to have strong relationships in the Peach State. U of L has also had success as McEachern, most recently with the signing of linebacker Henry Famurewa.
He currently has no timetable set for his decision.
Scout.com and Cardinal Authority will continue to provide updates.