Huffman says Cards lead heading into weekend visit

Jonathan Huffman, a 6-foot-11 forward from Central Park Christian in Birmingham said Wednesday night that the University of Louisville is his current leader heading into his weekend trip to the "Ville."

6-foot-11 Jonathan Huffman will make an official visit to the University of Louisville this weekend and says the Cardinals have a slight lead for his services heading into the visit.

Huffman, who attended U of L's individual instruction camp earlier this summer, said his familiarity with Rick Pitino's program because of that visit puts the Cardinals in the drivers seat for his commitment.

"That gives them an edge," Huffman said of his visit to the U of L campus earlier this summer. "They're in first right now."

Huffman said he's looking for a school where he can come in and make an early contribution but also wants to find a coach who can help him improve his weaknesses.

"I'm looking for a school I can come in and play early," Huffman explained. "I also want to find a good coach that can help me improve my weaknesses who also has a good conditioning and training program that can help me get stronger."

"I feel pretty good about Louisville and I think I can come in and help make the team better," Huffman continued. "I've met all the coaches, trainers and players and I feel really comfortable there. I'm looking forward to coming up there this Friday."

Huffman said he's well aware that Louisville already has frontcourt commitments from 6-9 Amir Johnson, 6-7 Lamar Roberson and 6-11 David Padgett for 2005. In fact, Huffman says that's the reason he hasn't already commited to Louisville.

"I know Amir and Lamar is my teammate down here and that's the main reason why I haven't made a commitment to Louisville already," Huffman said.

Asked what assurances that he'd need from Louisville on his visit this weekend to go ahead and pull the trigger on a commitment, Huffman responded, "I really can't say right now. But I'd like to find a school and get my recruitment over with before the season starts."

Huffman, though, did sound optmistic that any worries he has about Louisville's other frontcourt commits could be resolved.

"Yes, I think that will work out," Huffman said.

Minnesota, who Huffman has an official visit scheduled with for September 5 and Florida State, who he's in the process of setting up a visit date, remain in the mix.

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