Darius Mann on Petrino, Liberty Bowl and more

Darius Mann, the first player to commit to Louisville for the 2005 class, will have in-home visit from Louisville today, but is the 3-star prospect also considering another school?

Safety Darius Mann of Don Bosco (NJ) Prep was the first high school prospect to verbally commit to Louisville when he pledged back in May and he has been constant with his firm commitment to the Cardinal football program. When learning of Coach Petrino's visit with LSU prior to the Liberty Bowl, the 6-foot, 180-pound safety admits that it bothered him.

"My first reaction was disappointment," explained Mann. "It scared me, but I knew he wasn't going to leave Louisville. He's a great coach and a big part of that program."

Despite his concerns, Mann watched the Cardinals 44-40 win over Boise State in the Liberty Bowl with plenty of excitement.

"It was a crazy game," continued Mann. "It wasn't as much as an offensive blowout as a lot people say. It was more those four turnovers that hurt. The defense played a really good game. I wasn't worried about them losing because I could see the excitement on the sidelines."

Mann also realizes that he will be on those sidelines the next time the Cardinals take the field.

"It was the last game for some of those guys and I could see myself and few of the others that have committed stepping into one of those positions."

With his commitment continuing to appear firm, one school has quickly moved in, attempting to sway his decision.

"There's really only one other school," Mann said of other suitors. "Notre Dame wants me to visit and I'm going to, but we don't have a date yet."

Louisville, which must feel that Mann is a vital part of the 2005 recruiting class, will visit with Mann tonight.

"Coach Wolthausen and Coach Cassity are coming in on Wednesday," Mann said.

With a recent offer from the Irish in hand, is a future visit to South Bend something that the U of L community should be concerned about?

"I'm going to visit, but I'm still a Cardinal," said Mann.

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