Orlando Misaalefua talks about decision

Orlando Misaalefua of Fort Campbell High School became tells Inside The Ville why he chose Louisville, talks about his eventual college position and his team's continued play in the state playoffs.

Orlando Misaalefua of Fort Campbell High School became the fifth verbal commitment for University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff on Monday evening when he made the decision to become a Cardinal.

"My dad and I were talking about it on Monday and we think Louisville is a great school where I could get a good education," Misaalefua said on Wednesday evening. "Plus, they are a pretty good team and it's close to home."

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Misaalefua, who also drew scholarship offers from Ball State, Troy State, Kentucky, Utah and Western Kentucky, didn't take long to act once the offer from Louisville arrived.

"I got it about a week before I made my decision," he said.

Despite a solid performance at linebacker for a 12-0 Fort Campbell team that has allowed just 59 points on the season, Misaalefua went primarily unnoticed until just recently.

"My coach was working on my highlight tape and said that he had some schools that he wanted to send it to," Missalefua explained. "I think he sent it to about 25 schools."

The tape must have been impressive. With Fort Campbell now into the third round of the state playoffs, Missalefua has racked up numbers worthy of All-State honors. Through 13 games, he has recorded 128 tackles, forced two fumbles and intercepted two passes. He returned one fumble and an interception back for a touchdown.

"I also play on offense," he said. "I do a bit of everything really. I've played full back, tight end and offensive tackle."

At Louisville however, it will strictly be defense.

"They told me that I would probably play either strong safety or outside linebacker," he said, adding that he plans to the weight needed to play either of those positions. "Right now I'm 195, but I'll probably go up to around 220 or 230 [pounds]."

Friday night Fort Campbell will host the pass-happy offense of an 11-1 Owensboro Catholic squad for the right to play in the Class AA semi-finals.

"It feels pretty good to still be playing," he said. "It's pretty exciting to still have a chance to playing for the right to go to Louisville and get a championship ring."

The Class AA championship game will be held on December 3 at 3:30 p.m. at the University of Louisville's Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

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