Three-star 'backer visiting Louisville

Steve Kragthorpe's hiring of former Tennessee assistant Larry Slade has paid quick dividends for Louisville. The Cardinals will host one of Slade's top recruiting targets, three-star Winslow Township (NJ) linebacker Ka'Lial Glaud, on an official visit this weekend.

"Well so far I have taken three of my official visits to Maryland, Iowa, and West Virginia. And tomorrow my plane leaves at 12:40 and I will be coming to Louisville for my next official visit," Ka'Lial Glaud told Thursday night.

Glaud, who has no previous history or familiarity with the Louisville programs, says there is one simple reason the Cardinals are now in the thick of his recruitment - former University of Tennessee assistant and newly hired defensive backs coach Larry Slade.

"I think he is real cool and straight forward guy. Ever since the end of my junior year when Tennessee was recruiting me I had a good feeling about him from the beginning. I feel that I can trust him," said Glaud.

Glaud says that he is interested in the personal side of his prospective school.

Ka'Lial Glaud

"I want to meet with the players and see the type of feel they have around there. I want to see if they have a winning attitude and things like that," said Glaud. "I also want to get a good feel for the coaching staff and see if the coach at my position will be there a while. But mostly I want to go and chill with the players and have some fun. I want to see if I can develop some friendships there."

This will be Glaud's fourth official visit and he shared with us what he liked about his previous trips.

Iowa – "My first visit was to Iowa and the main thing with them is the history my family has there. They have Shawn Green there who is a guy from my high school. And my uncle was a consensus All-American there as well."

Maryland – "At Maryland I had a good time with Antwine Perez out there, he transferred there from USC. He seemed to really like it there and we are cool so that would be good for me."

West Virginia – "West Virginia was a school that was always my favorite growing up as a kid. I had a really good visit there."

Ka'Lial claims no favorites at the moment and he is in the process of deciding where to go for his last official visit.

"North Carolina and Tennessee are the two schools I am looking at for my last official. Rutgers is also in the running, but I have been there to visit like six times so I didn't want to waste one of my officials there. But most likely I will go to Tennessee with my last visit," said Glaud.

The 6-2 222 lb Glaud played quarterback most of his senior season. He finished the year with 1,300 yards passing for 19 touchdowns. He also had another 650 yards rushing for 15 scores.

Defensively, he had 97 tackles (64 solos), eight sacks, five fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered and one interception for a touchdown.

"Most people say they like the way I can run and my speed to the ball. I was a quarterback last year but ended up playing defense the last two games of the season with a cast on my hand. And I pretty much got all my scholarship offers from those last two games. I really want to work on my reactions (defensively) and learning to be more patient on defense," said Glaud.

Ka'Lial plans on announcing his decision at a press conference at his school on signing day.

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