Cards at the top of the list for Edgar Sosa

Last week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino took a recruiting trip up north to see one of the nation's top juniors - Rice (NY) High point guard <b>Edgar Sosa</b> - in action. And Sosa, who says he wants to play in the Big East, has strong interest in two of the league's top teams.

Last week, Louisville coach Rick Pitino took a recruiting trip up north to see one of the nation's top juniors - Rice (NY) High point guard Edgar Sosa - in action.

A 6-2 do-it-all type, Sosa's reputation nationally appears to be soaring. In fact, when releases it's 2006 Top 100 rankings later this spring, Sosa will certainly find his name securely on the list.

Regarding Pitino's visit, Sosa sounded excited by the Louisville coaches presence.

"I think I could have played better," Sosa said. "But I was a little nervous and felt a little pressure with him sitting up in the stands because he's such a great college coach."

"I have a lot of interest in Louisville," continued Sosa. "I love the way they play and get up and down the court. I could see myself playing there."

Though Pitino hasn't formally offered him a scholarship at this point, it's clear the Louisville coach is interested in the 180-pound Sosa.

"I'm looking for a school that gets up and down the court and where I'd fit in with their style," said Sosa. "I like to get out in transition and shoot the three."

Sosa fancies himself playing in the Big East conference. From the competitive Catholic league in New York, Sosa says he loves competition. And according to him, he'd like to test himself in a tough guard-oriented league like the Big East.

6-2 JR. Edgar Sosa
He's made a smooth transition from shooting guard to the point this season, having played off the ball last season while Kansas freshman Russell Robinson ran the show.

"I learned a lot from him, but the transition to the point hasn't been that difficult for me," said Sosa. "I could always pass and I can score , which makes me tougher to defend."

And Sosa's recruitment - because of his play this season - is starting to generate considerable attention. Sosa is starting to pay more attention to the school's recruiting him, too. And he's been watching intently the programs he's most interested in on television.

So who's he watching?

"Louisville, Connecticut, St. John's, N.C. State, and Miami," Sosa rattled off.

And though he won't be able to tune in for the Cardinals game Thursday night against Charlotte - Rice plays Holy Cross in the first round of the CSAA playoffs - he's clearly got a rooting interest in the game's outcome.

"I hope Louisville comes out with a win," said Sosa.

As for his recruitment, which will certainly heat up even more than it is right now once the season concludes, Sosa has a clear plan about his future college destination. He wants to get as far away from the Big Apple as possible.

"I'm trying to move further away from home," he said. "I don't want to stay too close."

Sosa says he intends to make his college decision next fall. He wants to make a few visits before deciding but added that Louisville and Connecticut would definitely get visits. In fact, there's a possibility Sosa could make a spring time visit to U of L.

In fact, Sosa's recruitment might come down to a battle between those two future Big East rivals - Louisville and UCONN.

"You could say those are the two teams to beat," he said.

And don't discount the Sebastian Telfair factor. While Louisville didn't benefit from the former New York City standout's services, the fact that Telfair signed with the Cardinals last year sent a strong signal to Sosa.

"That he considered Louisville and would have gone there tells me it would be a good place for guards," Sosa surmised.

Sosa plans to take the SAT for the first time this spring and said he'll attend either the ABCD or Nike Camp this summer.

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