New leader for Lartey?

Emmanuel Lartey, a three-star CB from College Park, Georgia, had Louisville in his top four before visiting the Cardinals over the weekend. Did Lartey's trip to Louisville move the Cardinals up his list of favorites?

Yes it did. In fact, Emmanuel Lartey now says that Louisville occupies the top spot on his list of favorites.

"I spend a lot of time with their (players) and they seemed like really cool guys," said Lartey, who roomed with Texas running back Kendial Lawrence on his visit. "This was my first official visit. They talked about early playing time. They were already one of my top three choices and now they are leading. The whole program was like a big family. (Coach Kragthorpe) told me how the program is like a family and they wanted me to join the family. I'd rate the visit an 8."

Lartey came away impressed with defensive coordinator Ron English. "We watched some tape of schemes and technique that they do on defense," Lartey said. "I really liked how he (Ron English) was teaching stuff. He taught me some stuff I didn't know."

Still Lartey doesn't plan to make a decision until he makes a few more visits. With Louisville now running first on Lartey's list, the talented cornerback also wants to check out West Virginia, Ole Miss and Arkansas.

"I go to West Virginia on Dec. 6 and I go to Arkansas in January. I haven't set one up to Ole Miss yet but I'm going to," said Lartey.

Lartey will use a few factors to help him make a decision between the schools on his list.

"How I gel with the team, the environment and if I can get early playing time," Lartey said. "I really liked Louisville. I liked Churchill Downs and the downtown area. I don't think I would get bored there. And I think I could play early because their cornerback group wasn't that deep and they have some seniors that are leaving."

Lartey was one of about a half dozen prospects at Louisville this weekend on official visits. "There were five or six guys on official visits and there was one guy that was already committed but the other guys said they were going to wait and take all of their visits before they make a decision," Lartey said.

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