Cards top list for Shelby County kicker

Marty Biagi of Shelby County High School will be making his third visit of the season to Louisville this coming weekend. The highly sought after kicker updated ITV on Tuesday evening on his recruitment and where the Cardinals stand.

As is too often the case, high school kickers often go unnoticed until a program is in dire need of a skilled player at the position. Last winter, shortly after he was named the new head coach at the University of Louisville, Bobby Petrino received his first commitment from such a player in punter Brent Moody.

While Louisville has already received its first verbal commitment in Glasgow linebacker Maurice Mitchell, it is possible that a commitment could soon be coming from a talented kicker. With both Nate Smith and Wade Tydlacka finishing their eligibility this season, Louisville appears to be hunting for a talented kicker to make sure that there is a constant stable of talent at the position.

Should the Cardinal coaching staff decide to extend a scholarship to a kicker, that commitment will most likely come from Shelby County High School's Marty Biagi.

"I'd love to play for U of L," explained Biagi, who also informed Inside theVille that he grew up a Cardinal fan and that he attends Louisville basketball games frequently. "I love the city, it's a program on the rise and I am hearing that they'll soon be playing in the Big East."

Biagi (6'0, 170) has already made numerous unofficial visits to Louisville, with the first being the rain-soaked win over top five Florida State last season. He has attended games as a guest of the football program twice this season so far and will be making his third such visit this Friday for the game against Tulane.

"It went pretty well," said Biagi of his visit to Louisville this past weekend. "Just last night Coach Petrino asked me to come back for the [Tulane] game so he can sit down with me and my parents…things are starting to get serious."

In addition to Louisville, Biagi is also receiving interest from Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Marshall, Tennessee, Air Force, Illinois and others. He has made unofficial visits to Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana and Notre Dame and has plans to visit Alabama and Georgia in the near future.

A 3rd team All-State selection at punter following his junior season, Biagi had the opportunity to have a private work out with former Kentucky and Cincinnati Bengal kicker Doug Pelfrey over the summer and rated well. During the workout Biagi proved to be consistently accurate from as far out as 52-yards.

This season, he has converted field goals of 44 and 48 yards and is putting more than 90% of his kickoffs into the end zone. He's also averaging 44-yards per punt this season.

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