Indianapolis stars visit Louisville

Though Indianapolis (IN) Warren Central star James Manuel didn't make his scheduled visit to Louisville over the weekend, two of the DB's talented teammates did check out the Cardinals. has the scoop.

James Manuel, who has offers from Louisville, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Michigan State, was expected to visit the Cardinals and rival Kentucky last weekend. Though the trip didn't happen, Manuel's high school coach, John Hart, says his star is still strongly considering the Cardinals.

"The three biggest schools that have offered are Cincinnati, Louisville and Minnesota," Hart said. "I would say he has the highest interest in those three. I think he likes all of them a lot. When I hear James talk to the coaches that come in – he wants to know the DB coach and their style of play and I think that will have a lot to do with his decision. I think his relationship with the DB coach might determine where he goes."

While Manuel was a no-show at Louisville, two of his teammates made the short drive south to check out the Cardinals. Derek Hart, a 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback, and Shakir Bell, a 5-foot-7, 175-pound running back both visited Louisville last weekend.

Louisville could be close
to offering Derek Hart.

Considered one of the top quarterback's in Indiana, Hart completed 92 of 195 passes for 1,304 yards and 19 touchdowns with 11 interceptions as a junior. Still waiting for his first scholarship offer, Hart made a few unofficial visits last week to Michigan State, Purdue and Louisville.

"Louisville is very close to offering and the other two have him on top of their boards," John Hart said. "I know Nebraska is also coming in to evaluate him. I would say most Division One's have strong interest."

Hart will have a chance to make a name for himself this summer at the Elite 11 camp at Penn State, and the Under Armor camp.

"He's definitely a pro-style quarterback," said Hart. "I think he has great feet but needs to work on his speed. Most of the schools love his throwing motion and his high release, which is very conducive to play-action and the short throwing stuff."

Hart said Louisville appears very interested in his son.

"I think the two quarterbacks they have rated highest are (Derek) and the kid from (Cincinnati) Moeller (Andrew Hendrix)," Hart said. "I know those two guys have a lot in common though might run faster. But when you see them on film there are a lot of similarities."

According to Hart, Indiana and Purdue have show the most serious interest in Shakir Bell and might be closest to offering scholarships. Bell rushed for 260 rushing yards and five touchdowns as a junior and also caught 14 passes for 171 yards and two scores.

"He's really strong, really fast," Hart said. "He's probably going to wow a lot of people at one day camps."

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