JUCO linebacker to commit soon?

Last year, Louisville pulled Woodny Turenne out of the College of Sequoias. This year, Jon Dempsey could follow suit. Dempsey recently picked up an offer from the Cardinals and has a visit scheduled early next month. Is Louisville out in front for 6'2, 230-pound Jon Dempsey? InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

Last year, Louisville pulled Woodny Turenne out of the College of Sequoias. This year, Jon Dempsey could follow suit. Dempsey recently picked up an offer from the Cardinals and has a visit scheduled early next month.

Louisville assistant Reggie Johnson checked in on Dempsey recently and the Cardinals quickly extended an offer. Dempsey told InsideTheVille.com he'll make an official visit to Louisville Dec. 6-7 and that the Cardinals are currently his leader. Dempsey also said that if all goes well on his visit that he'll commit to the Cardinals during the trip.

"I really like (Louisville)," Dempsey said. "If everything goes well on my visit I might commit. They've been involved with me for about a month now. I like their program and they are in the Big East and I like their linebacker coach – he seems like a pretty nice guy. It's a good program and they need help on defense. So I could go in and help them."

Louisville defensive coordinator Mike Cassity has a solid relationship with College of Sequoias coach Andy Siegel. Siegel coaches Nate Harris and Woodny Turenne in junior college and helped send both player to Louisville to play for Coach Cassity.

"I don't push kids where to go but like I told him, my relationship with coach Cassity, and the fact that Kragthorpe was here his second day on the job talking to Woodny Turenne - I would think Louisville's doing pretty good, especially because Dempsey and Woodny are pretty close," Siegel said. "They are very close. They lived right next to each other in the apartments and used to hang out together all the time. That's going to be a huge thing because he's already got a relationship with somebody already in the program, where as he doesn't know anybody at Minnesota or UAB or those other places. So that's a big selling point."

Does Dempsey's friendship with Turenne play a factor in his upcoming decision?

"Yes," Dempsey said. "I've talked with him a couple times and he told me he likes it. Woodny was my roommate for a couple months and we became real close. We talk about once a week."

Louisville must replace two starters at outside linebacker and the opportunity for playing time next season is present for Dempsey. Dempsey, who will graduate in December, will enroll at the school of his choice in January and will be ready for spring practice.

"He's real athletic, very physical and has good size," Siegel said. "He has extremely good character. I've had a bunch of kids go to Louisville and do real well and he'll be as good or better than all of them."

"He was probably the only consistent guy we had all year," Siegel said. "We had a disappointing year. Some guys we expected to step up on offense and defense never did except for (Jon) Dempsey. He was the one guy that you could hang your hat on every day, every play. He came ready to play."

Dempsey played every linebacker position for his team this season.

"He played all three – mike, sam and will," Siegel said. "I think (Louisville) is basically looking for him to replace Willie Williams who they lost for obvious reasons. He's similar to him and Nate Harris. He's very fast and very physical but off the field has absolutely no character problems – none at all."

Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana and UAB are also recruiting Dempsey. Siegel said Minnesota, Indiana and UAB have offered scholarships. "I've got a good relationship with Coach (Mike) Cassity at Louisville. He recruited me when I was in high school and we've been friends ever since. I just told Demps that I 100 percent trust those people and I told him he can trust those guys."

"I can see him going to Louisville," Siegel said.


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