Misaalefua will be among weekend visitors

Cardinal commit Orlando Misaalefua, who was recently named Fort Campbell's Defensive Player of the Year, will be among those making their official visits with Louisville this weekend

While his Fort Campbell football squad came short of playing for Kentucky Class AA State Championship, Louisville commit Orlando Misaalefua has had an impressive off season. The 6-foot, 200-pound strong safety prospect has been named 1st Team All-State and received his team's Defensive Player of the Year and most tackles awards.

This weekend, Misaalefua will make his official visit with the school that he verbally committed to in mid-November.

"I want to see more the environment up there and get to know some of the students and players," he said.

Misaalefua, who recorded over 130 tackles, with most coming from the strong safety position, said that the Cardinal's coaching staff has indicated that they would prefer to keep in the secondary.

"They see me as a strong safety," he said. "I played a lot of strong safety my senior year and you get to make plays at that position. I like to hit, so it's going to be pretty exciting to play strong safety there."

Even though the future Cardinal misses being on the football field during this time of year, he is keeping busy.

"It's hard not being able to go out there and play, but I'm still lifting weights and I'm doing track," said Misaalefua, who runs the 100 meters and 4x100 relay, as well as participates in discuss and shot put. "I'm trying to get faster and stronger. I'm trying to keep in shape."

Located in the southwestern portion of Kentucky, near the Tennessee border, Misaalefua said the reaction to his commitment to Louisville has been well received in an area where college sports fans are strictly blue or orange.

"It's been good," he said of the hometown reaction to his college choice. "Everybody keeps asking me if I'm going to Louisville and I tell them that I'm excited about going up there to play. Now everybody has started calling me ‘Louisville' around here."

Misaalefua also considered Kentucky, Ohio, Utah and others prior to committing to Louisville.

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