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Red or Blue for Curtis Pulley?

<b>RECRUITING 2005</b> Not long ago, the Louisville Cardinals were a long shot in the race to land the services of Hopkinsville, KY quarterback <B>Curtis Pulley</b>. Now, though, just 24 hours before national signing day, Kentucky's Mr. Football tells Inside The Ville the Cardinals have a legitimate shot.<p><b>EXTRA</b><b><a href="http://louisville.scout.com/2/348300.html">Football inks two-year deal with Oregon State</a></b></p>

In recent history, the Louisville football program has acheived high success with in-state prospects. Last season, three former Mr. Football honorees, Eric Shelton, Michael Bush and Brian Brohm all wore the Red and Black. However, it wasn't until the last six weeks or so, that 2004's Mr. Football started expressing a true interest in the Cardinals program.

Curtis Pulley, who verbally committed to Kentucky last August, displayed very light interest in the Louisville program throughout the majority of the fall and early winter. However, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound quarterback still chose to accept an invitation to make an official visit to U of L.

Prior to his January 21st visit, Pulley told InsidetheVille.com that he would have to be very impressed for him to consider signing with the Cardinals instead of the Wildcats.

Pulley also stated that during his official visit, that he was told by head coach Bobby Petrino that he would be used on the offensive side of the ball and not on defense, as many had speculated. He also said that his final decision would no longer be an easy one.

"I don't know right now," said Pulley of his eventual college destination. "I just need to go home and think about it for awhile."

As can be expected, Pulley has seen a rise in the level of his stress as he studies the two programs. However, the 1st Team All-State selection tried a different approach over the past few days.

"It was getting pretty stressful, so I decided to relax for a few days and then use the last two days to make my decision," Pulley explained.

Pulley points out the reasons that is making his college decision a difficult choice.

"UK's been there with me from the beginning," said Pulley. "They offered me before my junior year and I've become real acquainted with Joker Phillips."

"As for Louisville, they've been winning," Pulley continued. "With them going to the Big East is good too. Now if they win the conference they will go to one of the big bowls."

Pulley intends to make his decision public at a ceremony at Hopkinsville High School at noon this Wednesday.

"I think Kentucky still has the edge, but Louisville is right there too," Pulley said.


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