Plasencia has Louisville near the top

Athletic Jesuit (FL) TE/DE John Plasencia has flown under the radar of many programs nationally. But three BCS programs have stepped up to the plate and lead his recruitment. What does Plasencia think about Louisville as one of his top options?

The state of Florida has been very fruitful to the Louisville over the years. This year, the Cardinals want to tap into powerhouse Jesuit (FL) with 6-5 240 pound TE/DE John Plasencia.

"We are 4-1 right now and we just dropped our first game of the season against Gaither (FL)," said Plasencia. "We have a big district game this week against Sarasota Booker (FL). They are a powerhouse in this area and if we win this week we feel we will be in the driver's seat for our district and the playoffs."

Plasencia plays a big role for the Tampa area powerhouse and is an efficient play-maker on both sides of the ball.

So for on the year, Plasencia has around 200 yards receiving and 3 to 4 sacks and several tackles for loss on defense. He is being recruited on both sides of the ball.

"Right now I am getting looks on both sides of the ball and it is probably split right down the middle between the two. I really don't have a preference," said Plasencia. "Louisville is looking at me as an athlete. I think I will probably play tight end there. I just talked to Coach Brohm today actually and he says that he sees me being most beneficial as a tight end."

Plasencia says that besides Louisville there are two other BCS programs that are standing out from the rest.

"I like Vanderbilt and Northwestern they both are doing pretty good this season. And both of them are excellent academic schools as well," said Plasencia."I am also looking at possibly going to the Ivy League though I am not sure if I want to go that route. At this point I am really just trying to keep my options open."

Plasencia says that he is attracted to Louisville because of their big time potential.

"It's in a BCS conference and it has traditionally been one of the top teams in the conference. They have the potential every year to play in a BCS bowl game and contend for a national championship," said Plasencia.

Each of his three leaders has extended scholarship offers and in preparing to take his first official visit, Plasencia his not sure where those visits will land him.

"I haven't taken any visits yet, but I do have one official visit scheduled for next weekend at Northwestern. I have a couple of other visits (Vanderbilt and Penn University) tentatively scheduled for after the season and in January, but nothing is set in stone at all," said Plasencia.

An official visit to Louisville is up in the air.

"I'm really not sure about taking a visit to Louisville first. I am talking to Coach Alford about that as a possibility but that is still in the early stages. I have a lot of places I am looking at to take that visit," said Plasencia.

Plascenia says that he has already gotten an up close and personal look at what the Cardinal program has to offer.

"I actually took an unofficial visit over the summer and it really exceeded my expectations to be honest with you. The facilities are really nice and the housing for the athletes is really cool. And the coaching staff is awesome there. Coach Tony Alford, who is my recruiting coordinator, is really cool. And Coach Nord is a really great guy," said Plasencia. "But really I think it all starts with Coach Kragthorpe. I went on my visit with my mom and we really didn't talk much about football at all. It was more about philosophy and how he runs the program. It was not really about schemes or how to read a defense or anything, but how things are done at Louisville."

Plasencia will make his decision at the end of January.

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