Decision time for three-star linebacker Higgs

Antwon Higgs is ready to make a decision. The three-star linebacker from Pompano (FL) recently dropped the presumed leader from his list and will decide between the four remaining schools on his list – one being Louisville. Will an expected in-home visit Wednesday from the Cardinals sway Higgs to Louisville?

For much of the fall, the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Antwon Higgs had South Carolina as the frontrunner in his recruitment. Higgs was scheduled to visit the Gamecocks last weekend but the trip was canceled and the SEC school is no longer in the running for his services.

"I didn't go to South Carolina last weekend," Higgs said. "Their coach came by last (week) and told me they didn't have a scholarship for me because they got a commitment from another player at my position."

That leaves four schools: NC State, Louisville, Purdue and Florida. Higgs will graduate early from high school and enroll at the school of his choice next month. That means Higgs will be making a decision very soon.

"It's coming down to the stretch," Higgs said. "I know I'm going to make my decision soon. I'll probably make my decision by the end of this week before the (holiday) break because I'm graduating early."

"NC State, Purdue, Louisville and Florida are the ones I'm considering," Higgs said. "Right now I'm just trying to pray about it and make the right decision."

Higgs, ranked the No. 38 strong-side linebacker in the nation, has visited all four schools still under consideration. Purdue paid Higgs a visit on Tuesday and Louisville was supposed to make an in-home visit on Wednesday.

"Louisville is supposed to be coming down (Wednesday)," Higgs said. "Coach Bill Miller and Coach Steve Kragthorpe are coming by my house."

Finding a program that affords an opportunity for early playing time will be a big factor in Higgs' decision. Here's what Higgs had to say about his remaining finalists.

Purdue: "I'd get a chance to play early there and they have a good academic system as far as graduation rates and that stuff."

NC State: "It's not as cold as (Purdue) and they have a lot of guys on the team from Florida."

Louisville: "They'd like to have me at the linebacker position and I like Coach Bill Miller. He's a real good guy and he's been one hundred percent honest with me during the recruiting process."

Florida: "Florida was my favorite team when I was a kid. But if I go to Florida I won't get on the field as early as the other schools."

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