Louisville making big push for Fab Melo

Fab Melo recently moved all the way up to No. 5 in the latest Scout.com Top 100 rankings. Louisville coach Rick Pitino will make a big push for the 7-foot center's services in July. Are the Cardinals positioned for a big-time commitment from Melo? InsideTheVille.com has an exclusive update.

Fab Melo will have Rick Pitino's attention this month. Melo, a five-star prospect, could provide a major boost to Louisville's 2010 recruiting class. Pitino, like several other major college coaches, will follow Melo across the nation during the July evaluation period – from Cincinnati to Las Vegas and likely all points in between.

"There's nothing really new with Fab," said Adam Ross, Melo's coach. "He hasn't gone and visited anywhere else. It's really the same group of schools. He's just kind of thinking about it because he's not 100 percent sure with anybody. So he's just going to continue to think about things."

Melo, a 7-foot-0, 270-pound center from Sagemont Academy, will be a top priority in July for several big-time programs, including Louisville. Rick Pitino, as well as coaches from Syracuse, Florida, UConn, and Florida State will follow Melo all month, starting Monday in Cincinnati at the adidas Take Five Classic.

"I think he may announce a small group of schools (in the near future) and tell some people that are still recruiting him that he's not interested in them any longer," Ross said. "So I think (he's) going to narrow it down here – when I don't know. I'm not sure if it'll get into September when he can take official visits. I think it will probably happen right after the July period."

Ross said Melo plans to sign with a school during the early signing period, meaning his recruitment won't drag into next spring. Louisville has been one of the leaders all spring for Melo and the Cardinals appear in great shape heading into the evaluation period.

"He's going to sign in November with someone," said Ross. "Louisville is clearly out there in the top tier and Syracuse is too. Florida, Florida State and UConn are still recruiting him hard and he's still listening and seeing what they're all about.

"Louisville has been toward the front of this thing for a while and I think they remain there. They are definitely one of the schools he's really serious about. Coach Pitino gets after it pretty hard and those guys work hard and recruit hard."

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