Louisville one of Scales' leaders

James Scales, a defensive back from Greensboro (NC) Northern Guilford, holds a few BCS-caliber offers, including one from Louisville. Scales visited Louisville this spring and the Cardinals are one of his current favorites.

Coming off an outstanding junior season that saw him collect 80 tackles, three interceptions, three sacks, and two fumble recoveries, James Scales has earned himself quite a list of possible suitors.

"Louisville has extended me an offer as well as Kentucky, Oregon, Duke, and the University of Ohio," said Scales. "Other schools that are showing me a lot of interest are Georgia Tech, South Carolina, Virginia, Purdue, and North Carolina."

Scales says that he is quite familiar with the Cardinal program.

"I took a visit up to Louisville about a month or two ago and I loved it when I got up there. I really loved the facilities and the atmosphere has that taste of city life," said Scales. "They have a great stadium. I got the chance to go in there and they were doing a lot of construction. They are going to add more seats and that is really neat. The coaching staff was very hungry so I loved everything about it."

Scales has been very visible this spring and he does have some visits under his belt to compare the different programs recruiting him.

"I have taken some other trips this spring - Kentucky, Georgia Tech, South Carolina. I have been to a lot of junior days like North Carolina, NC State, Wake Forest, and a lot of in state schools. Right now from the visits I have taken Louisville has been the best followed by Kentucky," said Scales.

An excellent student, Scales is not only looking to excel on the gridiron, but as a person and a student.

"Right now I am looking for a school with a high graduation rate and also a school that is high in my major. And I am just looking for that good atmosphere that I can see myself spending the next four to five years of my life," said Scales.

Louisville is looking to bolster the secondary with the pending departure of senior Richard Raglin and there is a lot to like about the 5-10 188-pound defensive back.

"So far what I hear the most from coaches is that I am a text book tackler and I cover well. I am really working on my speed training a lot trying to work on my speed. I am also working on my breaks and my cuts really trying to save every second I can on the field," said Scales.

As the summer comes closer, Scales and his family already have a well laid out plan of attack as far as a visit schedule is concerned.

"When I get out of school I will be heading to the west coast to check out the Pac-10. I am going to be visit Cal, Stanford, USC, and UCLA. When I get back from there I will be heading down to Louisville for their camp and I will also camp at Georgia Tech, Virginia, and two in state schools," said Scales.

Though he still has a lot of travel ahead of him, James says that he does have as a couple of programs that stand above the rest.

"I plan on making my decision by the end of the summer. And right now my favorites I would say are Louisville and Oregon," said Scales.

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