Another Cincinnati prospect favors Louisville

Quick defensive back Brian Lainhart of Cincinnati's Colerain High School recently attended Louisville's Senior Day evaluation camp and the 6'0, 175-pound athlete told Inside The Ville that Bobby Petrino's Cardinal program is his current favorite.

Quick and athletic defensive back Brian Lainhart began his junior season at Cincinnati Colerain High School with high hopes as the team's starting safety, but he missed the majority of the year due to a knee injury. After successful surgery and rehab, Lainhart returned to action near the end of the season, recording 23 tackles and 9 pass breakups on the season for the state of Ohio Division I Champions.

The lack of field action last fall kept the recruiting interest in Lainhart to a minimum until he began hitting the camp circuit at the start of June. The 6-foot, 175-pound defensive back has camped at Cincinnati, Louisville, Miami of Ohio, and this past weekend at Michigan.

Lainhart, who attended the Cardinals Senior Day on June 12th, says that he had a strong performance while attending Bobby Petrino's camp.

"I did real well at that camp," he told InsidetheVille.com. "That's my favorite camp so far."

Apparently U of L defensive coordinator Mike Cassity noticed the athleticism of Lainhart while performing various drills at the one day Cardinal camp.

"Coach Cassity told me that I am a very versatile player and that he was impressed that I could play the corner position as well as I play safety," said Lainhart. "He said that I'm an excellent athlete and the only reason he wasn't making me an offer that day is that he didn't have playing film on me."

Similar reactions occurred at the his previous stops in Cincinnati and Miami (OH).

"They had 394 seniors come from all over the U.S to [Miami's] senior evaluation day," he said. "During the combine I came in 3rd in the broad jump with a 9'4"; first in the shuttle run and I had a 4.5 flat in the 40. The coach said I may have been flying under the radar up to this point, but he said that was about to change."

With continued strong performances at future camps, such as his upcoming stop at Ohio State, Lainhart's lack of scholarship status is likely to change soon.

"After [Cincinnati's] camp, Coach Dantonio took me aside and told me that he is looking for backs of my caliber for his program and for me to call him next week," Lainhart continued.

Miami of Ohio had a similar reaction.

"Their coach took the dates of our first 3 games and said he would be there to watch me and that he would be wanting me and my parents to call about visiting the campus."

Marshall, who cancelled a camp he was scheduled to attend for field construction, is also attempting to schedule an unofficial visit with Lainhart, while U of L's Coach Cassity has found more success and has scheduled a return visit for Brian and his parents.

"He asked for me and my parents to come down on June 28th to talk more and see what Louisville has to offer a player like me," he said.

With interest continuing to grow from other programs like Bowling Green, Maryland and Penn State, Lainhart has developed an early list of favorites made up of Louisville, Michigan, Penn State and South Carolina.

"I have to tell you that [Louisville] has been my favorite school for a long time," he said. "I really like the coaches there. I also have some family down there and being so close to home would great for others to come see me play."

While he said he may make a decision this summer, he is also preparing for his return as the stating safety position this fall and help Colerain defend it's state crown.

"I'm going to have a good year," he said. "My coach said that he may need me at corner as much as safety this year - depending on the teams we are playing - and I am looking forward to playing at both positions."

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