Former Louisville signee draws major interest

Demetrius Culpepper of East Mississippi CC has developed into one of the nation's top-rated junior college defensive ends. spoke with the former U of L signee and has the latest. Prospect video included in this update.

Demetrius Culpepper is a familiar name for those that follow University of Louisville football recruiting. The 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end spurned scholarship offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson and a host of others and signed with the Cardinals in February of 2006.

Unable to meet academic requirements in time to enroll at U of L, Culpepper, who played his high school ball at Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City, Alabama, chose the junior college route and became a full-time starter as a freshman at East Mississippi Community College.

"I've gotten a lot stronger and I'm a lot bigger then I was when I came out of high school," Culpepper told on Tuesday. "I'm a little bit slower then I used to be because of the weight I've added, but I'm more physical now."

While he has yet to receive a scholarship offer, a number of major college coaches have taken notice and will be keeping tabs on the four-star prospect throughout the coming months.

"I'm hearing from Alabama, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Texas A&M and some others," Culpepper said.

However, while Louisville is among the schools that Culpepper has high interest in, the Cardinal program has yet to express a new interest.

"I haven't heard anything from them yet, but I put Louisville on my list," Culpepper said. "I've re-opened my recruitment and want to see what happens. Right now I'm wide open."

Culpepper anticipates being a December, 2007 graduate.


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