"He's been offered by Louisville and a few other places," said Tim McFarlin, LaVelle Larry's coach. "I'd have to say Louisville is probably his strongest school that he's looking at by far. I think Louisville's in great shape. If I had to bet that's where I'd put my money."
"I'm excited to see what Louisville's campus is like and getting a chance to meet the coaches and players," Larry said. "They are definitely up there on my list. They seem to have a good program and me being a part of it would be good. "
Could Larry possibly commit to Louisville on his visit this weekend?
"I don't know if he'll commit on the visit because [Georgia Southern coach) Chris Hatcher was the first one on him and I think he owes them a visit. It's hard to compare Georgia Southern to Louisville – there's really no comparison. I think LaVelle is probably going to end up at Louisville but he told Chris he would give him a visit and I think he will before he makes a decision."
Louisville got involved late in Larry's recruitment, contacting the 6'0, 210-pound safety last month. Monday night, Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English made an in-home visit with Larry, who runs a 4.5 forty.
"Ron English just came in yesterday along with Greg Nord and did an in-home visit," McFarlin said. "Louisville is recruiting him as a safety but the kid may be the best running back this year. Louisville really has a need at safety so I think that's what they are counting on."
"They came over Monday evening and visited me while I was at school to talk about me coming down and being a Cardinal," Larry said. "They talked to me about what position I'd play up there and about my background. They just said they needed another safety."
"(LaVelle) came into the process very late and nobody knew about him because he didn't play with us last year. (Louisville) saw his tape and liked it. He had a very good year. He's very athletic and has great upside."
Larry has plans to visit Georgia Southern (1/25) and Kent State (2/3) after his trip to Louisville this weekend. Indiana and Oklahoma State have also show interest recently. "I'd have to say my Top 3 schools are Louisville, Georgia Southern and Alabama A&M," Larry said.
McFarlin said Larry should have no problem qualifying academically to play as a freshman. "I just looked at his grades and he had a good semester," McFarlin said. "He had B's and C's but that's great for a kid's that's been out for a while."