Top DE Ricky Sapp interested in U of L

Ricky Sapp, a 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end from Bamberg Ehrhardt (SC) High School, already claims 35 scholarship offers, including one from Louisville. The talented lineman, who made 82 tackles and 11 sacks as a junior, recently spoke with Inside The Ville about his interest in the Cardinals.

The recruiting process is often lengthy and for prospects like Ricky Sapp from Bamberg Ehrhardt High School in South Carolina it takes time to find the right school.

ALready with over 35 scholarship offers - and counting - Sapp has become one of the top prospects in the country. Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Oklahoma, Penn State and Virginia Tech are among those that have already extended offers to the 6-foot-5, 225-pound defensive end prospect.

"This is a once in a lifetime thing," Sapp said. "It's a great thing to have so many schools recruiting me."

As a junior, Sapp totaled 82 tackles, 11 sacks and 25 tackles for loss, earning All-State and All-Region honors in the process.

"My strength is my ability to sack the quarterback," he said. "I would also say my speed. I'm really fast. I want to work on my agility. I also want to get faster and stronger."

Sapp is the type of athletic defender U of L coach Bobby Petrino likes, and the Cardinals recent on-field success has sparked his interest.

"I'm interested in Louisville, but I'm not ready to say who my favorites are at the moment," he said. "I plan on having a list by the end of summer."

Sapp says he's in no rush to make a decision, and the schools recruiting him, including Louisville, will probably have to wait until the last day of the recruiting period.

"It will be on signing day," Sapp responded when asked when he'll decide.

Inside the Ville will continue to follow the Sapp's recruitment, and the process of narrowing his large list to a few favorites.

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