Wedderburn planning Louisville visit

Mark Wedderburn, a talented, three-star tight end from Springfield, PA, has his recruitment narrowed down to five elite programs. The 6-6, 235 pound Wedderburn says he'll definitely visit Louisville, but the Cardinals will have to hold their breath when he visits Penn State early next month.

Mark Wedderburn, a talented, three-star tight end from Springfield, PA, has his recruitment narrowed down to five elite programs.

One of the most athletic tight ends in the nation and a dangerous receiving threat in the Red Zone, Wedderburn has an important official visit coming up Sept. 8 to Penn State. Wedderburn's family ties to Penn State run deep as his brother, Floyd, an offensive lineman in the NFL, played for Joe Paterno in the late 1990's.

Heading into that visit, Wedderburn lists the Nittany Lions atop his list. That means schools like Louisville, Rutgers, Michigan and Tennessee – the other schools Wedderburn lists in his Top 5 – will be holding their collective breath during that visit because the 6-6, 235 pound tight end says "there's a 25 percent chance I could make a commitment to Penn State on my visit."

Wedderburn said he'll definitely visit Louisville.

"We have a lot of good chemistry over there with Penn State," Wedderburn said. "But I'm not ruling anybody out yet. I would say right now they're my favorite but just by like a hair. I would like to stay home so all my friends and family could come and watch me play, but it's not that big of a factor for me to leave because it's my future and I'm not going to let a place real close to me determine (my decision)."

Wedderburn says he's got no other official visits scheduled at the moment, though he'll likely set some up immediately after his Penn State visit, if necessary. "I'm planning to make a (visit) to Louisville soon," Wedderburn said. "I have a lot of football coming up, but there's a possibility I could visit there next month."

Where do the Cardinals stand on Wedderburn's list?

"I would say Louisville stands in my Top 5 right now," he said. "I think (Louisville) has a great team and a great university. They pass a lot and that's what I'm looking for. Their offense really interests me right now."

Mark Wedderburn

Wedderburn said he plans to take "about four official visits" this fall before making his decision. When asked if Louisville would definitely get one of those visits, Wedderburn replied, "Yes." Louisville assistant Greg Nord is recruiting Wedderburn for the Cardinals. "The last time I talked to him was when they stopped text messaging," Wedderburn said. "That was the last time I actually spoke to him."

Where ever Wedderburn winds up, he's looking to make an impact right away. That could help the Cardinals, who lose their top two tights – Gary Barnidge and Scott Kuhn – to graduation this season. And while Louisville has two verbal commitments from a pair of talented tight ends in Iowa's Ben Cotton and Florida's Nate Nord, Wedderburn said that hasn't diminished his interest in the Cardinals.

"That's not really a factor because anywhere you go there is competition and you have to work really hard," Wedderburn said. "That wouldn't affect my decision at all.

"I'm just looking for a spot where I can get in and try to make an impact early. I wouldn't mind getting redshirted, but I just want to come in, work my tail off and try to get some playing time early. I just want to make an impact early. That's what I want to do."

Wetterburn said he keeps a close eye on the depth charts of all the schools he's considering at his position. One program currently stands out in that department.

"I would say Rutgers stands out the most to me right now because their coaches said I could make an impact early if I came in and worked hard," Wetterburn said. "Their situation right now is that they have a couple tight ends injured and they're using a walk-on senior at this point.

"Last year showed what kind of team they are and what they could become. Their coach is amazing. I met Coach Schiano a couple times and he's a real great guy – real great head coach. They have a lot of playmakers on their team and that's what I'm looking for."

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