Chad Simmons

Louisville is the 'leader' for Gadsden City, Ala., offensive lineman Toryque Bateman after weekend visit to campus

Louisville is the 'leader' for Gadsden City, Ala., offensive lineman Toryque Bateman after weekend visit to campus. Bateman will make his college choice on Jan. 30.

Gadsden City, Ala., High School offensive lineman Toryque Bateman has been calling the University of Louisville his 'leader' since an unofficial visit to the Cardinals' campus more than a month ago.

Now, after his official visit Bateman is even higher on the Cardinals.

"The visit was great," Bateman said. "I had a lot of fun while I was there. I really like everything about it.

"The family bond there is just great. Not even just with the players they had there on visits but the current players. The current players came up with my parents and talked to them. It was just great."

The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Bateman said he had a visit for Jan. 27 scheduled for Miami and noted Houston wants him to make a visit next weekend but said "that's all up in the air."

"I'm just not sure right now," Bateman said.

Bateman, who is a basketball player also at Gadsden City, made the trip to Louisville with his parents. He said it was important for his family to make the trip and "feel comfortable" with the school he picks.

"They said they liked it a lot," Bateman said. "They really enjoyed the visit."

Bateman said new U of L offensive line coach Mike Summers had recruited him when he was at Florida and he feels good about the change at U of L. He said Summers is expected to make an in-home visit this week.

"They never said I would come in and start but they said it's possible to play," Bateman said. "I want to talk to coach Summers when he comes to visit me about his plan but I really liked it there.

"Yes, they are still my leader."

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