Louisville linebacker commitment T.J. Brunson has "great" visit to the Cardinals' campus

Columbia, S.C., Richland Northeast linebacker T.J. Brunson attended his first game at the University of Louisville on Saturday. He recaps the trip to see the Cardinals' play Syracuse.

T.J. Brunson has been committed to the University of Louisville since mid-July but has still been getting a ton of interest from other schools, including a lot of pressure from his hometown team - South Carolina.

But after making a weekend visit to U of L, the Columbia, S.C., Richland Northeast linebacker remains committed to the Cardinals.

"I really liked it a lot, really enjoyed it," Brunson said. "I'm still going to take my official visits, but I'm very close to knowing this is where I want to go. (Louisville) has everything I am looking for in a program.

"I just have to take my official visits and make sure but it was great."

The 6-foot, 220-pound Brunson is ranked as the No. 1 linebacker in South Carolina and is a three-star prospect. He's averaging 11.5 tackles for a Richland Northeast team that is 5-5 but made the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Brunson has visited South Carolina for several games this season and also made a visit to Notre Dame.

"I've been (to Louisville) before but that was the first game and everyone was into it," Brunson said. "The players were really into it and they played well on defense, they have been for a few weeks now. Louisville is like a little community itself."

Brunson said the U of L coaches believe he can play inside linebacker or outside linebacker, but have talked to him about coming in and replacing current senior James Burgess on the inside.

"Since James is leaving, they think I can play that position and from what they have seen of me that I could play right away," Brunson said. "I'm physical already but they hope I can come in and be able to contribute early."

While he'll visit other schools, Brunson said he has a "special" connection with U of L. His parents came with him on the visit and he said they "always enjoy" trips to Louisville. His brother, Marcus, got his masters degree from U of L.

"He's still taking some on-line classes after he moved to Birmingham," he said. "So, we've been around it."

Brunson said he graduates on June 1 and "if they can get me into that first summer session (of school) then I'll enroll as soon as possible and be there. After my season, it's all a focus on getting ready for football."

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