Orange Bowl helps Louisville with St. Fleur

Louisville's Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest last week will almost certainly help the Cardinals recruiting efforts in the state of Florida and Hollywood Hills linebacker Ronnie St. Fleur is a prime example. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Louisville's Orange Bowl win over Wake Forest last week will almost certainly help the Cardinals recruiting efforts in the state of Florida and Hollywood Hills linebacker Ronnie St. Fleur is a prime example.

St. Fleur, one of the top defensive prospects in south Florida, got a chance to visit one of Bobby Petrino's practices prior to the Orange Bowl and watched the Cardinals win over the Atlantic Coast Conference champions intently on television.

"I went to one of their practices and watched the game on TV and I enjoyed it very much," St. Fleur said. "The practice was intense. Every snap was intense and I loved it. They've definitely moved up my list."

St. Fleur said Louisville's Big East rival West Virginia, along with Michigan, currently top his list. "It's a toss up between those two," he said, noting that he still doesn't hold an offer from the Wolverines. "I like West Virginia because they talk to me the most and they're depth chart at linebacker would allow me to play early."

The Cardinals, however, are in solid position right behind those two programs. "Louisville is number three on my list right now," St. Fleur said. "Their win in the Orange Bowl down here is a big time plus for them with me."

St. Fleur will make an official visit to Louisville January 19. He'll visit West Virginia the following weekend. With the coaching change at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers might be out and Michigan State might be in. St. Fleur said he'll sort that out this week with both Big Ten coaching staff's. He also said he'll consider Indiana for his final official visit.

Will the battle for St. Fleur's services come down to a showdown between Big East powers Louisville and West Virginia?

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for updates on Hollywood Hills linebacker Ronnie St. Fleur.


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