Louisville offers south Florida standouts

It's becoming clear that Louisville hopes to tap back into Florida's vast talent pool this year. The Cardinals recently offered two of the top defensive prospects in south Florida, David Gilbert and Isaac Geffard from Oakland Park (FL) Northeast. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

It's becoming clear that Louisville hopes to tap back into Florida's vast talent pool this year. The Cardinals recently offered two of the top defensive prospects in south Florida, David Gilbert and Isaac Geffard from Oakland Park (FL) Northeast. InsideTheVille.com has the latest.

"Bill Miller from Louisville has just offered both David Gilbert and Issac Geffard," said Northeast coach Adam Ratkevich.

This spring, Gilbert has emerged as one of the top prospects in south Florida with his impressive combination of athleticism, range and academics. On track to graduate early from high school, Gilbert is looking to enroll at the college of his choice next January and take part in spring drills.

"David Gilbert is probably the top defensive end prospect in south Florida right now - he's at least in the top two," Ratkevich said. "He's 6-4, 215-pounds and he runs like the wind. He's on track to graduate early so he'll graduate in December and be wherever he decides to go in spring."

While he plays defensive end in high school, several college coaches believe he has the ability to play outside linebacker in college because of his range and speed.

"He's the whole package," Ratkevich added. "He does great in the classroom and he's a great character kid. He has tremendous athletic ability and really gets after the passer. Some people even think he has the athleticism to be an outside linebacker."

Besides Louisville, Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa State, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Minnesota, Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Marshall, FIU and FAU have offered Gilbert. Miami is also showing strong interest.

"I don't know that there's a main school for him at this point," Ratkevich said.

Geffard, a 6-3, 185-pound safety, is known as a big hitter. He made 101 tackles as a junior, tops on the team.

"He runs a 10.7 in the 100 meters and a 4.5 forty," Ratkevich said. "He was second team All-County last year in the Miami Herald as a junior. He's really just a stone-cold hitter who has a massive frame that hasn't filled out yet. Some people think he's an outside linebacker and some think he'll stay at safety. He's a kid that runs to the ball and when he gets there he's a very high collision guy.

While Louisville, Iowa State and FAU have already offered Geffard, most schools are taking a wait and see approach because of his grades.

"It's very early in the process for him," said Ratkevich. "He's a kid that is a little more marginal grad-wise. There's a lot of people interested who haven't pulled the trigger yet on an offer. We're working right now getting him in an Internet class this summer. He quite frankly is just as good a football player as David but it's a matter of us cleaning his core up a little bit and then the offers will come through the roof."

By extending early offers, Louisville appears well positioned with the talented south Florida teammates.

"They both have an interest in Louisville," Ratkevich said. "We have a great relationship with Bill Miller and a lot of respect for him. We've had guys like Bo Williams, who went to Florida, that Louisville has recruited in the past."


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