Lott plans official visit

It's about time for top football prospects to begin setting up official visits. With an offer from Louisville in hand, three-star defensive lineman Derrick Lott, tells InsideTheVille.com that he'll officially visit the Cardinals before making his decision. Where does Louisville stand with Scout.com's No. 40 DT prospect nationally?

Derrick Lott (6-4, 270, 4.8), who visited Louisville in April, has a lot of positive things to say about the Cardinals.

"I went up to Louisville for junior day," Lott said. "I liked it. It was nice. I got to talk to the coaches about the recruiting process and got a chance to meet with the position coach (Ken Delgado) and talk about playing on the defensive line. Coach (Greg) Nord is my recruiter. I try to email and call him here and there but my phone has been off and I haven't been able to get in touch with him lately."

Lott told Scout.com earlier this week that a pair of SEC schools - South Carolina and Georgia – currently are 1-2 on his list. Still, Lott says he plans to make an official visit to Louisville before making his decision. Do the Cardinals still have a chance to overtake the Gamecocks and Bulldogs?

"Yes, sir. With me taking a visit up there and finding out more about them they definitely have a chance," Lott said.

That's good news for Louisville because Lott, a three-star prospect rated the No. 40 defensive tackle in the nation, could be a good fit for the Cardinals.

"I'm looking for a (program) that has a family-style and a school that has my major. I'm looking at Engineering and Business right now," said Lott. "Early playing is not really a big factor in my decision. (But) I do want to be able to go in as a freshman and get playing time or possibly start."

As a junior, Lott made 63 tackles and 10 sacks as a defensive tackle. This season, he'll move over and play the defensive end position. "Mostly I can beat blocks with my speed and get to the quarterback," Lott said. "Most of the schools, including Louisville, are recruiting me as a tackle but I can play both positions. I prefer defensive end because that's what I started out playing and what I'm used to. I can play tackle but I prefer D-end."

Besides an unofficial visit to Louisville earlier this spring, Lott has also made unofficial visits to Tennessee, Georgia and South Carolina. He plans to make an unofficial visit to Florida State "sometime in July."

"I'd like to make a decision sometime in August or September," Lott said. "I want to take some official visits when the teams are playing games during the season."

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