TreSean Smith had 11 scholarship offers and was looking pretty close at a few schools.
But Smith admitted for a few weeks he knew the school that "was right for me," and on Sunday he ended his recruitment by committing to the University of Louisville.
"Coach (Chris Klenakis) and coach (Pete) Nochta were great," said Smith, who made an unofficial visit to campus last weekend. "I got a chance to get there and see everything and I just knew it was the place for me.
"It's a great school and a great team and it's not too far from home. It was just right for me."
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Smith is ranked as the No. 48 safety prospect in the country and checks in at No. 8 and the Midwest and No. 3 in Ohio.
Scout.com analyst Allen Trieu said this about Smith in March in an evaluation:
"One of the more under-recruited guys on the list in our opinion right now," Trieu said. "Long kid with good ball skills."
As a junior, Smith had seven interceptions and was named second-team All-Conference at LaSalle. He helped LaSalle repeat as Division II state champions last season in Ohio.
Smith had a total of 11 offers, including Syracuse, Colorado State, Iowa State and Penn State.
"It started to pick up with some other schools, but this is where I knew I wanted to be," Smith said. "It was perfect for me."
Louisville has had recent success with several players from Cincinnati, including Preston Brown and Dominique Brown. He said he has been talking with Brown and his cousin, former U of L running back Anthony Allen, about the school.
"I've known Preston since I was little," Smith said. "He would hang out with my brothers. I've talked to him a lot. Preston and my cousin, Anthony Allen, have told me about the school and just how great it is."
Smith is commitment No. 9 in the Class of 2017 for Louisville.