Louisville close to offering FL linebacker?

Khalil Mack hasn't played football since his sophomore year because of injury. Now back on the field this spring for Fort Pierce (FL) Westwood, the 6-2, 215-pound linebacker is quickly drawing attention from college coaches, including Louisville. Are the Cardinals close to offering the athletic Mack?

Khalil Mack hasn't played football since his sophomore year because of injury. Now back on the field this spring for Fort Pierce (FL) Westwood, the 6-2, 215-pound linebacker is quickly drawing attention from college coaches, including Louisville.

While a knee injury kept Mack off the football field last year, the rangy athlete bided his time on the basketball court. This spring, he returned to the football field and his combination of size, athleticism and speed has enticed big-time college programs.

"He's played basketball the last two years but hasn't played football. If he'd been playing football the last couple years he'd be one of the top recruits in the state, no doubt about it," Westwood coach Waides Ashmon said. "He's had a great spring."

Ashmon said several college programs would be in attendance Friday night to watch Westwood's spring game and get a closer look at Mack, including Louisville.

"His recruitment is going well," Ashmon said. "Coaches have come in and they've been extremely impressed with his size. He's 6-2, 215 and runs a 4.5/4.6 forty. He's long and rangy. He only has about three percent body fat. He is just chiseled to perfection. He has a great attitude and has been a leader since he stepped on the field."

USF, Central Florida, Georgia, Louisville, South Carolina, FIU and FAU have expressed interest. Ashmon also said Miami has started sniffing around.

"I'm expecting Louisville to pull the trigger on an offer anytime now," Ashmon said. "I've sent kids to Louisville the last couple years so they're real high on the players that I talk to them about. I've been talking to their coaches and they're very interested in (Mack)."

Ashmon has plenty experience dealing with the Cardinals. One of his former players, Scott Long, is a starting wide receiver at Louisville currently. Another of his former players, Georgia Military College defensive end T.J. Lynch, might end up playing for the Cards also.

"I'm expecting them to pull the trigger soon, especially after our spring game," said Ashmon.


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