Atlanta trio considering the Cardinals

<B>ITV Recruiting Exclusive</b> - Michael Brown, Courtney Abbott and Alfred Williams are three standouts at one of the top high school programs in Georgia at Atlanta Westlake. ITV spoke with the trio and discussed their interest in the Louisville program.

Courtney Abbott, Michael Brown, Alfred Williams, Frank Usher and Emmanuel Spann are all highly sought after athletes from West Lake High School in Atlanta. All five have also received scholarship offers from the Louisville coaching staff. ITV spoke with Abbott, Brown and Williams on Monday evening to find out where the Cardinals stack up.

At 6'9, 330-pounds, Courtney Abbott is an imposing offensive lineman that told ITV that he has received close to 30 scholarship offers to date. In addition to Louisville offering a scholarship, Abbott has also collected offers from Michigan, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Florida, Virginia, Clemson and others.

'Baby Shaq' (TI)
Abbott, who is also known as ‘Baby Shaq,' currently lists LSU and Georgia as his two favorites, but added, "I'm really wide open right now, those are just the only two that I have visited so far."

While he has recently taken unofficial visits to both LSU and Georgia, Abbott told ITV that he is considering the possibility of using one of his five officials to check out Louisville.

"I probably will," Abbott replied when asked if he'll make an official visit to the U of L campus. "My mom and I are going to talk about coming to Louisville, but I don't have any [official visits] made yet."

Abbott, who is ranked by as the 37th best in the nation at his position, will also consider the probability of signing with the same program as his two close friends and fellow Westlake teammates, Michael Brown and Alfred Williams.

"We've talked about it," said Abbott. "We've all played together since our freshmen year and I've know Alfred since the sixth grade."

Michael Brown agreed.

"We'd like to," Brown explained about the three signing with the same program. "It could become a priority."

Michael Brown (TI)
Listed as the 9th best prospect from the State of Georgia by, Brown, like Abbott, has also received scholarship offers from some of the nation's top programs. Louisville, Michigan, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and LSU are among the many that he listed.

The 6'6, 266-pound defensive tackle made an unofficial visit to Georgia for the South Carolina contest this past weekend, but has yet to schedule any official visits.

"I plan on making Louisville one of my visits," said Brown, who watched the Cardinals season opening win over Kentucky.

"I like how they play a hard-nose defense," said Brown of the Cardinals. "They are building a good team there. They'll be stacked in a few years."

Alfred Williams, who also watched the Cards against the Cats, had a similar description as his teammate. "They have a hard-nose defense, that uses the defensive tackles to apply pressure and allows the linebackers to roam and make plays."

Williams (6'3, 245) is a hard-hitting linebacker that had an impressive junior season when he recorded 115 tackles, including four sacks. He's off to an equally as impressive senior season. Through three games, he has accounted for 31 tackles, one sack and a forced fumble.

Like Abbott and Brown, Williams also mentioned that the possibility to sign with the same school would be tempting to turn down. "It's important to us and we would like to, but we also want to make sure that it is a good fit for each of us individually too."

Louisville, Arkansas, Cincinnati, South Carolina, Kentucky and Maryland have all offered Williams a scholarship, but he currently doesn't list a favorite.

"I don't have a list of favorites right now, but Louisville is somewhere near the top," explained Williams. "My dad has told me that it is a good university…that it has good academic programs."

Additionally, Williams next door neighbors are originally from Louisville.

"They ask me about [Louisville] everyday," said Williams.

All three players currently hold a GPA above 3.0 and should have no problem qualifying as freshmen. With their size, all three of them could very well see early action if they chose to play at Louisville.

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