Jerod sees opportunity at Louisville

Three-star De Soto, Texas defensive end Tony Jerod is committed to Texas A&M. But the 6'3, 250 pound standout lineman recently took an official visit to Louisville and is strongly considering the Cardinals, who are desperately seeking some talented defensive end prospects.

Three-star De Soto, Texas defensive end Tony Jerod is committed to Texas A&M. But the 6'3, 250 pound standout lineman recently took an official visit to Louisville and is strongly considering the Cardinals, who are desperately seeking some talented defensive end prospects.

"I liked (Louisville)," Jerod said. "I liked the players and coaches. Just the people in general I liked. Everybody was really nice. I could see myself playing at Louisville.

"I liked the facilities. They've got neat facilities. They're planning to expand the stadium and I like how they've got all seatbacks in the stadium. I like it because there are no professional teams and everybody that lives in Louisville probably roots for Louisville. They are the biggest thing in town and I like that.


During his trip, Jerod had a chance to meet Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe and hang out with several players, including Trent Guy and Adrian Grady. Before leaving Sunday, Jerod also met Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, who made a big impression on the nation's No. 28-ranked defensive end with a simple message.

"I liked the athletic director," said Jerod. "He was different. I really haven't talked to any other athletic director's personally. He was involved with everybody. He told me he had two goals: to get me and Cyrus (Gray)."

Can the Cards land both Gray and Jerod? "We've talked about it and we both loved Louisville," Jerod said. "We'll see what happens."

Jerod tripped to Louisville with four-star teammate Cyrus Gray. Another teammate, three-star wide receiver Adrian Bushell, was supposed to visit but missed his flight and will have to reschedule. While in Louisville, Jerod got the message from the Louisville staff that there will be plenty of opportunity for early playing time next season.

"That was the thing I heard the most from them," Jerod said. "They showed me the roster and I saw the people that were injured. They had to play defensive tackles at defensive end and linebackers at defensive end."

How big a factor for Jerod is the opportunity to play early and often? "That's real big," Jerod said. "That's one of the big factors that is going to help me make my decision is how soon I can play."

Texas A&M still appears to be in the mix. Jerod visited Texas Tech last weekend and the Red Raiders are also under consideration. He'd also like to take visits to USC and Kansas. "I've got to talk to some more coaches and reschedule a couple more visits," Jerod said. "I've only taken two visits and obviously I like those two schools. But it wouldn't be fair to name favorites because I haven't visited the others yet."

Kragthorpe and assistant Tony Alford will make an in-home visit with Jerod in the next few weeks. "Coach (Alford) and Coach Kragthorpe are coming down right after the dead period," Jerod said.


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