Top offensive lineman visited Louisville

<B>ITV RECRUITING EXCLUSIVE</B> - Calvin Darity, who is rated by many as one of the nation's top offensive lineman, made an unofficial visit to Louisville football complex and campus recently. He spoke with ITV on Tuesday evening and discussed his visit, scholarship offers and more.

As high school footballers become seniors the college recruitment is something that most look forward to. It is an opportunity that for some will provide a scholarship and a new school to call home and play football for. With some players a few scholarship offers will trickle in throughout their senior season, while others will only get a couple invitations as their season winds down. However, for a player with the ability and size of Calvin Darity, like Louisville's Michael Bush last season, scholarship offers pour in from what must seem like every program in the country.

Darity (6'4, 260) is yet another solid prospect from the talent rich Tallahassee Lincoln High School program. While the 2003 season has yet to kickoff, Darity finds himself rated among the nation's best at his position. TheInsidersRecruiting.com lists Darity as the 12th best offensive lineman in the country, StudentSports.com ranked him the 3rd top offensive lineman in the nation and FloridaKids.us rated him as the 6th best prospect in the State of Florida.

When ITV spoke with Darity on Tuesday evening we learned that he recently visited the Louisville football complex and campus.

"I was up there sometime last week," said Darity. "It was pretty nice and I liked the campus. I did get to meet a lot of the coaches as well and was able to get a good feel for their program. I was able to see all the facilities and the strength program."

Darity made the Cardinal program apart of a trip that he took, which also included unofficial visits to Michigan, Toledo, North Carolina and Duke.

While he said that he receives a lot of mail from the Louisville coaching staff, it became quite clear that it wasn't more than anyone other staff in the nation.

"I get a lot," Darity explained about the amount of mail he receives each day. "I really don't know how much it is."

A short list of scholarship offers for Darity includes Louisville as well as from his hometown Florida State Seminoles, Florida, Auburn, Nebraska, Virginia, USC, UCLA and many others.

"I'm really wide open right now," Darity said when asked if he had any current favorites. "I'm just seeing how it goes right now."

With Louisville signing a number of athletes from Lincoln last season and its apparent intention to sign a few from there again this year, the Cardinals may stand out from the crowd.


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