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College coaches are now allowed to hit the road and visit prospects in their homes and schools and University of Louisville Head Coach Rick Pitino is taking advantage.

As first reported by InsideTheVille.com and TheInsiders.com, Pitino visited 6'9 Brian Johnson yesterday, 6'8 Tello Palacios today, 6'0 Sebastian Telfair on Friday and 6'10 David Burgess on Sunday.

The in-homes are crucial steps in the process of landing talented prospects and each of the four prospects Pitino visits this week is expected to make an official visit to the UofL campus this fall.  As of now, David Burgess is the only known recruit to schedule his visit to Louisville and will arrive on either October 10th or 17th. 

Here's a mini-list of the latest recruiting information on each prospect.


Telfair (ITV)

Sebastian Telfair

Coach Pitino heads to New York today to meet with Jamal Mashburn clone, 6'8 Tello Palacios of Our Savior New American in Centerreach.  On Friday, as first reported by InsideTheVille.com this Monday, Coach Pitino will meet with the player all Louisville fans covet, 6'0 Sebastian Telfair of Brooklyn Lincoln High School.

Telfair has the tools and maturity to step in next season and turn the Cards into immediate national title contenders.  A unique floor general with interest in the NBA, Telfair would seemingly benefit from a year or two playing for Coach Pitino to ensure himself of a top tier selection in the NBA Draft.

Telfair will officially visit Louisville in the near future and all indications favor the Cards.  The question here is whether or not college looms for the the talented and savvy Telfair.


Johnson 

Brian Johnson

Coach Pitino met with the talented frontcourt prospect yesterday in Mouth of Wilson, VA, where the 6'9 PF/C attends Oak Hill Academy. 

Johnson, once thought a North Carolina lean, has drafted a new list and the Tar Heels are out of the picture.  Louisville, the presumed leader for the Arlington, VA native, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Cincinnati and Arizona are all in full pursuit.

So it's down to five heavy-weights for Johnson and the top three appear to be Louisville, Notre Dame and Arizona.  The Cards and Irish both seem to have room and a need for a player like Johnson, but do the Wildcats?  Remember, the Cats just recently accepted a verbal commitment from 6'9 PF/C Mohamed Tangara, who would likely compete for frontcourt minutes next season with Johnson.


Palacios 

Tello Palacios

Coach Pitino meets with Palacios this afternoon for lunch after visiting with another of the Cards top frontcourt prospects, Brian Johnson, yesterday in Virginia.

Palacios is a versatile prospect in the Jamal Mashburn mold and it's easy to understand Pitino's interest in the native Columbian.  Tello can score from the inside or from the perimeter and would give Pitino and his system a versatile and talented prospect to create match-up nightmares for opponents with his size, skills and athleticism.

Palacios appears down to six schools, with Louisville, Florida, St. John's and Pittsburgh the leading contenders.


Burgess (ITV)

David Burgess

After a few days in New York, Coach Pitino will head west to Los Angeles for a meeting on Sunday with 6'10 David Burgess of Woodbridge (CA) High School in Irvine.

Burgess is viewed as a solid four year prospect who provides a strong rebounding presence in the middle. 

The Cards appear strongly in the mix with Gonzaga, Brigham Young, and Florida.


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