Cards entering race for 5-star defensive end

With already more than two dozen scholarship offers, five-star defensive end Luther Davis recently stated that he's expecting a few more - including one from Louisville - to arrive soon. Would an offer from the Cardinals coaching staff make an impression with the 6-foot-4, 255-pound prospect from West Monroe, Louisiana? has the latest...

Almost a year ago to the date of the publishing of this article, first introduced you to a five-star defensive end prospect in the football-rich state of Alabama. When Deantwan Whitehead mentioned the University of Louisville as one of the programs that he was going to strongly consider, a handful of Cardinal fans took notice and began to closely follow the recruitment of the nation's third-rated defensive end prospect.

As months went by, Peanut's interest in Louisville increased and the number of fans that started to believe that their team had a chance began to grow rapidly. Peanut now spends much of his time working out at the Schnellenberger Football Complex, as well as in participating in voluntary summer workouts inside the stadium, preparing for his first year as a Cardinal.

Now, twelve months later, another five-star defensive end in another football-rich state has Louisville among the many school's seeking his services. The more than two dozen scholarship offers already extended to West Monroe (La.) High School's Luther Davis include Florida, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M and USC.

Louisville also appears close to be officially entering the race for the nation's 5th-ranked defensive end.

"That's what my coach told me," explained Davis. "I don't know when, but I know they are supposed to."

Davis was quick to add that an offer from Louisville would draw his attention.

"I'd definitely consider them and would have to look to see what they have to offer at my position," he told "I don't know too much about them yet. I've watched them play on television a few times, but that's about it."

A few days ago, Davis told that six schools - Florida, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Tennessee and USC - currently top his list.

"Those are the ones at the moment, but I'm still wide open really," he said of his list of current favorites.

He, along with fellow Louisiana prospect Ahmad Paige, is currently scheduled to announce his college choice on August 19 on ESPN.

"Right now I know that I want to get it done before the season starts, but that's not 100%," said Davis, adding that even if he does make a preseason commitment that he'd continue to explore his many options. "That will be just the one at the moment. I'll definitely keep looking around for what's the best for me. I'll take all five of my official visits."

Davis also explained that there isn't one school that currently leads the growing list of opportunities.

"It's a pretty tough call to say who leads. Things happen every day with new offers and new schools that I'm hearing from. I couldn't say that one school has the lead right now."

As a junior, Davis recorded 74 tackles, including 14 for a loss and 8 sacks. He also registered 11 QB hurries, forced 4 fumbles and blocked two field goals for the Class 5A State Champions. Following the 2005 season he was honored as an All-State, All-NE Louisiana and All-District.

"We won state last year and we finished 11th in the [USA Today National High School Football] poll," he said. "We're hoping to be in the top ten when the preseason poll comes out."

After losing to nationally-ranked Longview (Tex.) High School last year 21-0, Davis expects that it will be his defense that will post a shutout.

"Their offense won't score on us this year," he said of the season opener in early September. "They are another nationally-ranked team and we always try to play the best. We want to be the nation's top-ranked team."

Davis and his teammates are currently participating in 7-on-7's and lifting weights in preparation for the start of practice on August 1.

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