Three-Star Visitor

Louisville will host a three-star prospect this weekend when 6-4, 215-pound Lydariez Friend of New Market, Alabama makes an official visit. Friend has a pretty good idea who he'll sign with next week and his trip to Louisville could solidify his decision.

With National Signing Day right around the corner, Steve Kragthorpe and his Louisville coaching staff will host three-star Alabama prospect Lydarius Friend on the final weekend of the recruiting season.

Friend, a 6-4, 215-pound wide receiver from New Market, Alabama, has developed a solid relationship with Louisville assistant coach Reggie Johnson throughout the recruiting process and it's that relationship that has the Cardinals in strong position to land their 14th commitment this weekend.

"The visit is set up," Friend told Wednesday night. "I talk to coach (Reggie) Johnson every other day and I'm going up there Saturday because I've got a basketball game Friday night. I have a real good relationship with coach Johnson"

Friend, who plays PF for the
18-5 Buckhorn team, could
commit to Louisville this weekend
during his official visit.

Friend is familiar with Louisville. He made an unofficial visit in early September and saw Louisville defeat Kentucky 59-28 in the 2006 season-opener before a sold-out crowd at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

"If signing day were today I would pick Louisville. They're my favorite," Friend said. "I've been to Louisville once before. I went to their first game against Kentucky this season and I've liked Louisville ever since. If they still want me when I visit I will commit on the spot."

Though Friend played mostly wide receiver at Buckhorn High School, he's unsure what position he would play at Louisville. Friend says the Cardinals have talked about him playing either wide receiver or linebacker in college.

"It doesn't matter to me what position I play because I'm going there to play football," Friend said. "But I think linebacker would be my best position because of my size and speed."

Friend, who helped lead Buckhorn to the Class 5A state championship game in 2005, caught 35 passes for 462 yards last season. He also holds offers from Arkansas and Southern Miss.

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