Weekend visitors have Georgia flavor

This weekend is shaping up as a huge recruiting deal for the future of the Louisville football program. While the Cardinals are expected to host at least eight prospects on official visits this weekend, the contingent has a strong Georgia flavor.

Four talented prospects from the state of Georgia will come north this weekend to check out Louisville and take in the Cardinals game against rival West Virginia.

Defensive tackle Deion Roberson from Tucker, Ga., offensive lineman Duran Christophefrom Woodstock, Ga., and defensive back Emmanuel Lartey from College Park, Ga., and running back Morgan Alexander from Cartersville, Ga., are all scheduled to make official visits to Louisville this weekend.

The 6-foot-3, 265-pound Roberson is rated the No. 85 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com. Though Roberson has missed most of his senior season with an ankle injury he still holds offers from several programs, including Memphis, West Virginia, N.C. State, Louisville, East Carolina, Michigan State, Maryland, Iowa State, Georgia Southern and South Alabama.

Christophe, a three-star prospect rated the No. 84 offensive tackle in the nation, named Louisville his leader after the Cardinals sent an offer last month but has since backed off that statement.

"I like Louisville," said Christophe. "They are definitely one of the top teams for me. I'm not ready to call them a leader, yet. I'd say that my two leaders are Alabama and Georgia." Neither the Crimson Tide or Bulldogs have offered Christophe a scholarship.

"I have one scheduled official planned for the 22nd (November) of next month. That's when Louisville will play West Virginia. I've talked to Indiana, UCF and ECU about officials. Those schools want me to come sometime in December, unless I want to commit sometime soon. If that's the case they'll want me to come earlier."

Lartey, a three-star prospect rated the No. 48 cornerback in the nation, has Louisville high atop his list of favorites.

Lartey visited Ole Miss earlier this month. "I'll go to Louisville on Novemember 22nd. I know that I'll take one (official visit) to Arkansas. I'll definitely get to West Virginia. I'm still thinking about my fifth official visit. I'm still open. I will say that my decision will come down to one of the five schools that I visit. I'm not going to make any decisions until I'm finished taking those official visits."

Alexander is rated the nation's No. 113 running back prospect by Scout.com. Alexander has narrowed his list to three schools: NC State, Louisville and Arkansas.

"The three schools are even right now, but I will hopefully have a leader here in a couple of weeks," said Alexander.

Louisville will also host Fort Myers, Fla., play-maker Brodrick Jenkins. A three-star prospect, Jenkins is ranked the No. 94 wide receiver prospect in the nation. Jenkins has already visited Wisconsin and has an official visit scheduled with West Virginia in December. Jenkins also has offers from Boston College, Iowa, Indiana and Iowa State.

Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes sleeper prospect Brandon Sharpe is also scheduled to visit. Sharpe, a teammate of Louisville recruit Shamarko Thomas, is an intriguing linebacker prospect who has played just two years of high school football. Sharpe is one of the leading sack artists in Virginia this season. He doesn't currently hold an offer for Louisville. He's also getting interest from James Madison and Richmond.

The Cardinals appear to be hitting the junior college ranks hard again this year and Butler (KS) C.C. defensive end Zac Clark is supposed to visit this weekend. Clark is a former teammate of current Louisville defenders Chris Campa and Tyler Jessen. Clark also has offers from Georgia Southern and Arizona but hasn't scheduled visits with those two programs.

One player currently verbally committed to Louisville – Titus Teauge - will also make an official visit this weekend. Teague, a sleeper cornerback from California, recently committed to the Cardinals.


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