Drakeford considering Louisville

Louisville hopes to tap into the talent-pool in the nation's capital again. With a commitment from Emmanuel Yeager locked up, the Cardinals have an offer out to Darin Drakeford, a three-star linebacker from Washington (Roosevelt) D.C.

But while Yeager, a two-star quarterback from Coolidge H.S., verbally committed to Louisville before the start of the season, the Cardinals will have to wait on the 6-1, 225-pound Drakeford, who is ranked the No. 41 weakside linebacker prospect in the nation.

"I'm putting my recruiting process on hold until after the season," Drakeford said. "I'm going to take all my visits after the season."

Drakeford made trips to Maryland, Pittsburgh and Illinois this summer. He's got a bunch of offers and doesn't plan to sort out his list or take any official visits until his high school season concludes. "Maryland, Illinois, Pittsburgh, Louisville, Duke and Syracuse are recruiting me the hardest," said Drakeford. "All the schools have the same chance right now. Right now I have no favorites. I'm just concentrating on my senior year."

With no shortage of options, Drakeford will consider several important factors before making his decision. One of those factors might be whether or not a college will give him an opportunity to play offense at the next level. Drakeford plays running back and wide receiver for Roosevelt.

"A lot of schools are saying they need linebackers but I'm really unsure if I'm going to play linebacker in college," Drakeford said. "I have some interest in playing offense and I've talked to some coaches about that. I want to play for a winning team – nationally ranked team."

As a junior, Drakeford tallied 94 tackles and 22 sacks. He's getting a lot more attention from opponents this season and plans to finish off his senior season strong.

"We're 3-2 right now and we've got some tough games coming up," Drakeford said. "I'm doing good. I'm getting a lot more attention from the defense than I did last year. I think my strengths are mental toughness – not getting down on myself when I make a bad play."

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