The University of Louisville basketball program was not one of the school's first mentioned as a potential desitination when five-star forward T.J. Leaf de-committed from Arizona towards the end of the summer.
But it appears the Cardinals' have made up a ton of ground in the Leaf recruitment.
The 6-foot-10 Leaf, who is the No. 22 ranked player in the Class of 2016 and is from El Cajon, Calif., made his official visit to Louisville over the weekend and gave the Cardinals' high marks.
"It was really good," Leafe told Cardinal Authority. "I really enjoyed it all."
Leaf, who also has official visits scheduled with Kansas, Oregon and UCLA, narrowed his list to six schools last week including those four schools and North Carolina and San Diego State.
After the U of L visit, Leaf still maintains he doesn't have a favorite.
But he was impressed with the Louisville coaching staff and players on his official visit. He watched the Red-White Scrimmage and was able to see the Cardinals' practice several times.
"My favorite was the coaches and the team in general," Leaf said. "The guys were great and I got a long with them super well. And the coaches were awesome. I really liked it all."
U of L coach Rick Pitino met with Leaf and his family several times and outlined the plan for him if he came to Louisville.
"He just said they are going to lose a lot of scoring from guys and they are going to need scoring coming in next year," Leaf said.
Leaf, whose family has Indiana roots, was joined on the visit by his parents and grandparents. His grandparents still live in Evansville, Ind.
The Leaf family also met with U of L athletic director Tom Jurich about the current allegations in the media against the program but Leaf said he "can't talk" about what he was told in that meeting.