Cards strong with Auburn HS pair

A pair of Auburn (AL) High School teammates have received scholarship offers from the University of Louisville and list the Cardinals fairly high on their list.

Auburn High School is home to a handful of prospects this year, two being apparent high Louisville targets. Teammates L.D. Scott and Brandon Carlisle have both received scholarship offers from the Cardinal coaching staff and both list Louisville among their favorites.

Scott, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound defensive tackle, began listing Louisville as his favorite over a two months ago when he told Andrew Bone that the Cardinals had offered. In our conversation on Thursday evening, he echoed the same.

"For now Louisville is still my favorite," Scott said. "Mississippi State and Southern Miss have moved up some. Alabama has dropped down some. I like Auburn a lot too."

Mississippi State recently became the third school to offer, with Troy State being the first to extend a scholarship.

"I have always liked their defense," Scott said of the Bulldogs. "They play a hard-nosed defense."

Southern Miss' defensive style of play has also helped the Golden Eagles efforts with Scott.

"I like their defensive strategies," Scott explained. "They have had some really good defensive players come from there which I like."

His relationship with Louisville assistant Joe Whitt Jr., as well as potential playing time has bolstered the Cardinals odds.

"I have a good relationship with Coach Whitt and I like the way he recruits," said Scott. "He's told me about how I would fit in and how early I could play."

Teammate Brandon Carlisle has also collected an offer from Louisville, as well as one from Troy State.

"Louisville, Southern Miss, Auburn and Alabama are my favorites right now," said Carlisle, who plays both receiver and cornerback at Auburn High School.

As a junior Carlisle pulled in 13 catches for 400 yards and three scores, while on defense he totaled 30 tackles, 15 pass breakups and 3 interceptions.

With impressive abilities displayed on both sides of the field, Carlisle has found that depending on the school he attends, he will have an opportunity to play either positions in college. Louisville and Southern Miss have expressed an interest in him being a receiver, while others have expressed interest in him as a cornerback.

"I've been to Louisville before and I liked the campus there," said Carlisle. "I like my opportunity to come there and play."

However, while a previous visit to the Belknap Campus may have impressed the 5-foot-10, 170-pound prospect, an offer from the hometown Auburn Tigers would be difficult to pass on.

"I would like to stay home so I can be near my sisters," explained Carlisle, who grew up a Tigers fan.

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