Samuels tying up loose ends on visit

Samardo Samuels is in Louisville for the weekend tying up some loose ends. He attended the Cardinals exhibition Wednesday against Georgetown, watched practice Thursday and plans to get to know Louisville better this weekend.

Samardo Samuels is in Louisville for the weekend tying up some loose ends. He attended the Cardinals exhibition Wednesday against Georgetown, watched practice Thursday and plans to get to know Louisville better this weekend.

"He's there for the weekend and he'll be there until Sunday," said Steve Johnston, Samuels' guardian. "He hasn't been to the campus when there were students there. He had yet to visit the campus when students were there. He wanted to see what the school was like and he wanted to do his visit now so he could kind of feel the school out some more.

"He had some more questions in regards to academics. He actually watched an official practice today. He had never seen a real practice. Basically he's just tying up loose ends. I just spoke to him a little while ago and he said he was enjoying his visit."

Samuels AAU coach, Karriem Mimminger, travelled to Louisville with Scout.com's No. 2-rated prospect nationally.


Samardo Samuels will spend the
weekend visiting Louisville.
"(Karriem) loved the practice. He loves Pitino," Johnston said. "He said Pitino was getting after those guys. (Karriem) said Samardo wasn't phased at all by practice."

Samuels is the key member of Louisville's highly regarded recruiting class that also consists of 6'9 PF/C Terrence Jennings, 6'8 SF Jared Swopshire, 6'4 G/F Melquan Bolding and 6'5 SG Kyle Kuric. The Cardinals would like to wrap up their 2008 recruiting haul with a huge commitment from Samuels buddy, Tyreke Evans, Scout.com's fourth-ranked prospect nationally.

"We're all hoping Tyreke signs and from all indications he really, really loves Louisville," Johnston said. "But Tyreke and his family are going to make a very, very informed decision."

Once Samuels return home from his visit to Louisville, he'll be in full preparation mode for the upcoming season.

"We're just preparing for his season," said Johnston. "(St. Benedict's) plays a very tough schedule. They're going to be facing some of the top players in the country. The ESPN game is going to be huge. He'll play down in (Louisville) twice. They're playing Lincoln (NY) High. They're playing in Madison Square Garden. They're playing American Christian and his good friend Tyreke at Villanova. They're playing in the Primetime Shootout against Renardo Sidney. I think Danny (Hurley) is so confident in Samardo that he can do his schedule like that because he knows Samardo's the most dominant player in the nation."

The early signing period begins November 14th and Johnston expects Louisville will have a signed national letter of intent that same day.

"He's going to sign the first day unless something changes," Johnston said. "I think November 14th is going to be his day."


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