Culpepper commits; future remains uncertain

Benjamin Russell (Ala.) High School prospect Demetrius Culpepper verbally committed to the Louisville on Monday, but the two-star defensive end has some academic issues to hurdle before he arrives in Louisville. Culpepper spoke with about his decision Tuesday afternoon.

Following a visit with Louisville assistant coach Joe Whitt Jr. on Monday morning, Benjamin Russell (Ala.) High School defensive end prospect Demetrius Culpepper verbally committed to play for the Cardinals.

"Demetrius committed to Louisville yesterday morning," his mother, who noted the meeting came by the request of Culpepper's high school coach, told "Coach Martin had Coach Whitt come down to the high school to talk to Demetrius, myself and his father."

Culpepper made his decision after discussing the possibilities of playing for Louisville and what opportunities existed for him at U of L.

"We discussed the situation and Demetrius wanted to go to Louisville," Culpepper's mother said. "Coach Whitt said that they really wanted him to play there at Louisville."

While the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect has pleged to the Cardinal program, his mother said that Culpepper still has academic work remaining to become eligible.

"He's going to take the ACT test again and if gets the grades he'll go to Louisville," his mother explained. "If not, he's going to go to a junior college in east Mississippi."

"I should be OK to go straight to college next fall," Culpepper said Tuesday afternoon. "But just in case something goes wrong, I have the junior college option. I've got to get my core GPA up and see where I am with that. That's what I'm waiting for."

Culpepper will take the ACT for the second time next month.

Should he fall short of the needed test score, the plan is for him to enroll at East Mississippi Community College for two years. His mother said at present, Culpepper intends to sign a national letter of intent to play at Louisville next month.

"That's the plan right now," she said.

However, Culpepper was uncertain whether or not he'll sign a letter of intent on February 2.

"To be honest, I'm just not sure," he said.

Arkansas and Southern Miss also extended scholarship offers, while Auburn, Clemson and others expressed heavy interest.

Culpepper said he'll make an official visit to U of L this weekend. Big, strong, and athletic, Culpepper said Cardinal fans can expect to see a player with a high-energy motor.

"I always go hard on the field," he said.

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