Strong trying to sway Four-Star DT

Jibreel Black, a four-star defensive tackle from Wyoming, Ohio, is committed to Cincinnati. But with Brian Kelly's departure to Notre Dame, Black is reconsidering his options - and he's taking a 'strong' look at Louisville.

Charlie Strong is trying to take advantage of Brian Kelly's departure from Cincinnati. With Kelly gone to Notre Dame, the Bearcats' top commit – four-star Wyoming, Ohio defensive lineman Jibreel Black – is reconsidering his college options.

Rated the nation's No. 21 defensive tackle prospect by Scout.com, Black, 6'2, 265-pounds, isn't sure he'll end up at Cincinnati because of Kelly's departure. Cincinnati announced Central Michigan coach Butch Jones as their new football coach on Wednesday.

"I'm still committed but I'm just going to wait and see what happens with the coaching [situation]," Black said. "I'll let that play out and go from there."

Black could go to Louisville in January for an official visit. Black spoke with Strong earlier this week and Louisville is a possibility if he doesn't end up with the Bearcats.

"It's not a definite visit yet but it's a possibility," Black said. "We've been talking for the past couple weeks. I talked to him [Monday] and he told me he thought I would be good on Louisville's defense and he liked the way I played. He wrote me a couple [recruiting] letters when he was at Florida and I knew they had a great defense there and he was the guy behind it. I know he's a great coach."

Black could find immediate playing time on a thin defensive line at Louisville. The Cardinals lost several key contributors, including starting defensive tackles L.T. Walker and L.D. Scott, plus reserve Tyler Jessen, this year. Black made 65 tackles and 10 sacks while leading Wyoming HS to a 13-1 mark before falling in the Ohio state semifinal.

"I think Coach Strong is a great coach," Black said. "I think [Louisville] is definitely a possibility if it doesn't work out with Cincinnati."

Black said he's mainly looking for a good school. "I'm looking for a good school, education is an important factor," Black said. "I think most of the schools I'm looking at I could play as a true freshman."

Besides Cincinnati and Louisville, Black said he's also considering Michigan, Indiana and Michigan State. Black has no official visits scheduled for next month yet. Strong plans to pay Black a visit early next month.

"He said he's going to come see me in January," Black said.


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