While the Louisville coaching staff has been working overtime with their preparations for the upcoming Toyota Gator Bowl clash against Virginia Tech, they have also remained hard at work on the recruiting trails. Six high school seniors have chosen to extend their verbal commitments to the Cardinals program over the course of the last few days, the most recent being Tates Creek tight end Pete Nochta and Douglasville, Georgia offensive lineman Conrad Thomas.
The good news continued to pour in on Tuesday morning, when Scout.com five-star defensive end prospect Deantwan Whitehead spoke with InsideTheVille.com and unveiled a developing list of favorites.
"I'm finally getting my list of five favorites done," said Whitehead. "Louisville, Auburn, Alabama, Clemson and I'm still trying to figure out of my fifth school. I'm looking at Arkansas and Tennessee as one of the school's that I might put into my favorites."
Whitehead, who officially visited Louisville in late November, said that his trip to the Bluegrass State is still fresh in his mind and that academics is playing a part in his attraction to U of L, as well as fellow favorite Auburn.
"One of the things that I like about Louisville and Auburn is their academics," he explained. "I'm not sure what I'm going to take in school yet, but I like how they do things at those schools."
With four official visits still available, the nation's third-ranked defensive end is planning a busy start to the new year.
"I'm going to Tennessee on January 20th, but I'm still working on setting the dates for the other three," explained Whitehead, who is also firming up dates with Alabama, Auburn and Clemson. "Right now they are all set on the same weekend, so I need to fix it."
As a senior Whitehead recorded 125 tackles, 25 sacks and 17 tackles for a loss from his defensive end position and was recently honored as the state's Defensive MVP.