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Louisville among leaders for nations top kickers

With the regular season now complete, the Louisville football coaching staff is hard at work with recruiting. With one scholarship apparently set for a kicker, the Cardinals find themselves listed among the favorites for two of the nation's finest at that position.<P> <B>EXTRA:</B> <a href=""><B>ITV Radio Tonight</b></a>

With the graduation of current Cardinal placekicker Nate Smith and no other kicker on scholarship, the Cardinal coaching staff seems to have set aside one scholarship for the 2004 recruiting class to fill that spot.

David Lonie
The facilities are a lot better than most Division 1 programs that I've seen.
Lonie on his visit to U of L
Two of the nation's top kickers, David Lonie and Marty Biagi, both have the Cardinals among the list of favorites.

Lonie, who recently completed his sophomore season at Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls, Iowa, made an official visit to the Louisville campus for the Cardinals final home contest against Houston.

He was recently named First Team All-Conference and is an All-American nominee.

When Lonie, who is originally from Australia, last spoke with Inside theVille, he informed us that the Cardinals, along with Ohio State, Michigan, California and Illinois, were his top choices. He has received scholarship offers and has made official visits to all, with the exception of California. He'll trip to Cal on December 5th and then anticipates making his decision on December 8th, before heading home to Australia for the Christmas holiday.

Lonie will enroll and begin taking classes in January.

Marty Biagi, from Shelby County (KY) High School, is a sure First Team All-State selection, who has received interest from Louisville, Illinois, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Air Force, Michigan and others.

Marty Biagi
I'd love to play for UofL...I love the city, it's a program on the rise and they'll be in the Big East.
Biagi said of the Cardinals
Biagi informed ITV on Monday that he has scheduled three officials visits, including one to Louisville.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Nord," explained Biagi. "I am scheduled to visit there January 23, 24 and 25th."

He will also make official stops at Air Force on January 9th and Illinois on January 16th. Ketnucky continues to express interest and have talked about extending an invitation for an official visit.

Biagi, who has previously made multiple unofficial visits to Louisville, is fully qualified academically.

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