Mann cancels trip to Notre Dame

Darius Mann, the first player to commit to the 2005 recruiting class, has reconsidered his scheduled official visit to Notre Dame. Read what the standout safety had to say about the Wednesday night decision.

Okay. Cardinal fans, you can relax.

Safety Darius Mann of Don Bosco (NJ) Prep, who was the first to verbally commit to the University of Louisville during this recruiting season, has decided against his previously scheduled official visit to Notre Dame on the weekend of January 28.

"I never really wanted to take the visit," Mann said on Wednesday night. "Notre Dame is a great school and they could offer me a lot, but I'm going to Louisville. It just came down to Louisville is where I know that I can have fun and the enviroment there."

And the reaction from the Louisville staff regarding the good news?

"I haven't even told Coach Petrino yet," said Mann. "They will probably read about it from you first."

Mann said that he informed Notre Dame on Wednesday night about his decision and that he is now completely focused on joining the Cardinals for fall camp.

"I'm working out four times a week right now," said the 3-star safety prospect. "I want to be ready to go when I get to Louisville."

Mann, who is rated among the nation's top 45 safety prospects, spoke to Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino on Tuesday and then visited with the Cardinals defensive coordinator Mike Cassity on Wednesday.

"We were going over what I'll be doing over the summer after signing day," said Mann of his discussion with Cassity. "He said that he'd like for me to come to the spring game, which I'm going to do."

There is no question that the 6-foot, 185-pound Mann is a crucial part of this year's group of incoming players. Not only does he provide the Cardinals with a solid incoming safety that will almost certainly see action as true freshman, but it also secures an athlete that is determined to succeed and will instantly make others around him even better.

"I'm also coming down for a week in July to get things ready for when I come back to start practice," Mann said. "I can't wait!"

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