Gnat will make decision after weekend visit

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino made an in-home visit with Jacksonville, Florida standout Rodney Gnat Thursday night. Gnat will make an official visit to Purdue this weekend, and said he'll make his college decision early next week. Can the Boilermakers sway the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive end this weekend? has the scoop.

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino made an in-home visit with Rodney Gnat, a standout defender from Jacksonville, Thursday night. Gnat told Wednesday night that the Cardinals were the leader for his services, and the meeting with Petrino did nothing but solidify Louisville's position atop the list.

"It went pretty good, it was OK," Gnat said shortly after Petrino left his house. "Coach Petrino got in early and we had to wait on my dad. Then he had to leave a little early because he had another engagement."

Gnat said he'll make an official visit to Purdue this weekend, and that he'll be ready to make a decision early next week. "I'll talk to my coach when I get back from Purdue and probably make my decision Monday night or Tuesday. If not, no later than Wednesday."

At this point, it appears Petrino and Louisville will get their man.

"I'm pretty sure that's what I'm going to do," said Gnat, adding that Minnesota is currently his second choice, followed by Purdue. "I'm pretty happy with Louisville. I really liked the family atmosphere there when I went for my visit and I really just liked the way the defensive line was so close."

Gnat said his inclination to choose Louisville stems in some measure to Petrino's three-year stint with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

"That's part of it," admitted Gnat. "The people down here know football and I know Coach Petrino is a good person. I know he's legit. I think he's going to be there for a long time and I think Louisville can play for a national championship in the next few years."

While some schools are recruiting him as an H-Back or tight end, Gnat said he'd prefer to play defensive end at the next level.

"That's the position I really want to play in college," Gnat said. "My strength and speed are my biggest assets. I love using my speed off the edge. My only concern is reading offenses and understanding blocking schemes. I've only been playing football since the ninth grade."

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