Hart looking for Louisville offer

Derek Hart, a pro-style quarterback from Indianapolis, loves Louisville. He's made two visits to Louisville this spring, including Friday's spring game. Now, the 6-4, 200-pound standout is hoping the Cardinals pull the trigger on an offer.

"We were impressed," Derek Hart's father, John, said. "We're big Kragthorpe fans just because of the way he handles the team, the respect he demands and the discipline that he has. That makes it pretty ideal for somebody like Derek."

While Hart is still looking for his first offer, Louisville is right at the top of the Indianapolis standout's list of favorites.

"I think for a long time Derek has absolutely been in love with Louisville," Hart said. "I think he sees the same types of quarterbacks have had tremendous success with the NFL and he has a lot of those same characteristics."

A pro-style quarterback with a strong arm, Hart completed 92 of 195 passes for 1,304 yards and 19 touchdowns with 11 interceptions as a junior.

"I think he's a gamer – a winner. He's got a great throwing motion and he's 6-foot-4," said Hart. "He moves really well and a lot of people think he has the best feet…and a national (caliber) throwing motion and footwork. His speed is average at best but he's heady and has great feet. He's always looking to make the big play by throwing the football."

The question now is whether or not Louisville will extend an offer. If they do, Hart likely will jump on the offer.

"It's kind of one of those deals where the offensive staff feels very strongly that Derek is the right fit," Hart said. "Coach Kragthorpe, I'm guessing, is hesitating because of the other offers. I think they're in that process. Yet they know there's a likelihood that Derek is going to get offered by other Division 1 schools."

Louisville has offers out to star Cincinnati (OH) Moeller quarterback Andrew Hendrix and Orchard Lake (MI) St. Mary's standout Robert Bolden. Hendrix has visited Louisville this spring and Bolden is supposed to follow suit.

"I think the only quarterback they have ranked ahead of him by my recollection is the kid from Moeller and I think he has 14 BCS offers," Hart said. "Everybody that has evaluated them says that Derek and this kid look alike. The big difference is that (Hendrix) runs a 4.7 and Derek run a 4.9 forty. So there's a speed difference. I think most people lean toward Derek's throwing motion."

Several Big 10 programs are showing interest in Hart and he's made unofficial visits to Michigan State and Purdue this spring.

"I think Derek's biggest thing is he wants to play in a BCS conference," Hart said. "Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue and Indiana have always regarded him as a national recruit. When somebody pulls the trigger I think he would like to accept as soon as possible. I think he wants the process over."

Hart also brought two teammates to Louisville with him to see the Cardinals spring game – OL Michael Gegner and RB Shakir Bell.

"(Michael) had a horrible injury last year," Hart said. "He's probably one of those guys that will earn his scholarship in the summer time. We think he has the potential to play at a BCS school. Louisville is showing moderate interest because they've got to see him do it. Physically he has all the tools but he had major knee surgery. I think they have to see him play on the field."


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