Cards visit top DT prospect L.T. Walker

The University of Louisville football program needs to replace all-star DT Montavious Stanley and Wynne, Ark. standout L.T. Walker appears a prime candidate. U of L assistant Joe Whitt recently made an in-home visit with Walker, and the 6-3, 305-pounder is set for his official visit to Louisville next week.

Louisville assistant Joe Whitt made an in-home visit Sunday night with one of the Cardinals top defensive prospects – Wynne, Ark., four-star tackle L.T. Walker.

Whitt, the Cardinals recruiting coordinator and Walker's chief recruiter, gave the 6-foot-3, 305-pound standout his best sales pitch about U of L and Bobby Petrino's Gator Bowl-bound football program.

"I got to meet Coach Whitt face-to-face," Walker told Monday evening. "He told me a lot about Louisville. It was good to get an inside view of the school from somebody that (coaches) there."

Walker said he has a solid relationship with the Cardinals' young assistant.

"I like Coach Whitt," said Walker. "He's a real nice gentleman and he knows what he's talking about. He loves Louisville and said he won't go no where else."

The departure of Montavious Stanley on Louisville's defensive line after this season makes finding a big, physical prospect to take his place an important piece of the Cardinals recruiting puzzle this year. Apparently, Whitt made that point abundantly clear to Walker.

"Louisville is a great school with a real great atmosphere," said Walker. "Both basketball and football are doing really well. They've been doing good for awhile. Everything about Louisville is alright.

"(Coach Whitt) said they're losing one of their starting defensive tackles and that I can go there and get some early playing time," Walker said. "That's always good to hear."

Louisville, Mississippi, Tennessee, and South Carolina comprise Walker's top four. Ole Miss' recently stopped by his school, and the Gamecocks will probably be making their way to see Walker this week.

"We don't have those dates set up yet," Walker said when asked if other schools had scheduled in-home visits. "South Carolina's supposed to be coming this week, but I don't know when."

Walker has already made an official visit to Mississippi, and he'll make an official visit to Louisville Dec. 16. Walker said he and Whitt discussed his upcoming visit to U of L, and is excited about that trip.

Still, Walker isn't ready to name favorites and said he'll base much of his decision on how well he likes each school during his visits.

"They're all the same right now," said Walker. "I'm going to take all my visits to make sure I like the school and the atmosphere and stuff. After I take my visits, there's going to be some good stuff, and bad stuff. That's why I want to take my visits, to see which (program) I like the best."

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