Originally slated to make an official visit to Louisville this weekend, Dempsey told InsideTheVille.com Tuesday afternoon that he called Louisville yesterday to re-schedule his visit so that he could meet the Cardinals still-to-be-named defensive coordinator.
"We just re-scheduled it yesterday because they fired their defensive coordinator two days ago," Dempsey said. "So we re-scheduled it until January 12-13 until they get a new coordinator and I'll be able to talk to him and know what schemes he's going to be running next season."
Cassity did the groundwork for Dempsey's recruitment and his relationship with Dempsey's coach, Andy Siegel, made the Cardinals a heavy favorite before the coaching change. How big of an impact will Casity's firing have on Dempsey's decision?
"It's not really a huge factor," Dempsey said. "I just want to see what type of scheme the new (coordinator) is going to be running. So I want to go on my visit and sit down with the new defensive coordinator. So that's why I re-scheduled the visit."
Dempsey said he had a long conversation with Steve Kragthorpe on Monday.
"I talked to Louisville's head coach yesterday for about 30 minutes," Dempsey said. "He said it was a good decision to re-schedule and he understands where I'm coming from. He said he's been talking to a couple of guys and whoever he brings in that I'm going to love them and that they will be really good."
Dempsey, who finished third in the Valley Conference with 62 tackles and 10 tackles for loss this season, appears to be a top defensive target for Kragthorpe. The Louisville coach will travel to the west coast next week to visit Dempsey. Louisville assistant Brent Myers will also fly in to see Dempsey tomorrow before Kragthorpe's trip next week.
"I like him. He's a nice guy," said Dempsey of Kragthorpe. "He's supposed to fly out next week to see me. And Brent Myers, Louisville's offensive line coach that recruits California, is flying out tomorrow to see me.
Even with a change of defensive coordinators at UofL, Dempsey said it's still a two team race between Louisville and Michigan State for his commitment. He said he's not considering any other schools.
"Right now, Louisville and Michigan State are my top two. To be honest, that's the two schools I have narrowed it down to," Dempsey said. "When I visit, whichever one I like best and where I can go in and play and make an impact immediately will be the school that I choose."
Dempsey said he'll visit Michigan State Dec. 14-15.
"I'm going to visit Michigan State next week," Dempsey said. "I like the defensive scheme they run. They run a 4-3. They've been recruiting me for about a month now."