Brunetti talks 'great' visit to Louisville

Louisville was a late comer to Barry Brunetti's recruitment, but the Cardinals are one of three finalists for three-star Memphis (TN) University quarterback. Brunetti visited Louisville this weekend and discussed his trip with InsideTheVille.com.

Louisville was a late comer to Barry Brunetti's recruitment, but the Cardinals are one of three finalists for three-star Memphis (TN) University quarterback.

The 6'0, 200-pound Brunetti, ranked the No. 20 QB prospect in the nation made his final official visit to Louisville this weekend – a trip Brunetti said helped the Cardinals cause.

"It went great," Brunetti said. "I got a chance to meet some of the players. They were all cool. It was a genuine visit and I got a chance to talk to Coach [Charlie] Strong. He's a great coach so it was a great visit."

Brunetti also had a chance to meet Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and talk about the type of offense he plans to run next season. Sanford intends to install a spread offense and is looking for a dual-threat quarterback who can run and pass. Brunetti threw for 2,257 yards and 23 touchdowns, and rushed for 513 yards and 13 scores as a senior.

"He's going to try to install that spread offense like Florida's," Brunetti said. "They need a guy that can run and throw. I got a chance to sit down with him and it's a great offense. I can fit in perfect. I've loved Florida's offense from the beginning and [Louisville] has the same offense. I would fit in perfect."

Brunetti has given a 'soft' verbal commitment to West Virginia but has been checking out other options. He recently visited Mississippi State and hosted Dan Mullen for an in-home visit last week. Brunetti will have in-home visits with West Virginia and Louisville this week before he makes a decision.

"Louisville is way up there with West Virginia and Mississippi State," Brunetti said. "I'll decide after all the in-home visits this week. Coach Mullen already came in last week. Coach Stewart is going to come down Tuesday night and Coach Strong is coming down Thursday night. I'm just considering those three schools right now."

Brunetti plans to make a decision shortly after Strong visits. "I wanted to make my decision before Wednesday but since Coach Strong is coming down Thursday I'll make it after Thursday," Brunetti said.

Did the visit to Louisville help the Cardinals? "Yeah, it does because I got a chance to see the school," Brunetti said. "It's one of the best campuses and I liked the dorms. They're co-ed and you've got you're own room. It's not just a college town, it's a city."

Now that Brunetti has visited all three schools and met each head coach, Brunetti said he'll base his decision on which coaching staff he feel most comfortable. "Whatever coach I feel [most] comfortable with is where I'll sign," Brunetti said.

Early playing time is also a big consideration in Brunetti's decision.

"Probably Louisville is the best one to come right in and play and be one of the easiest ones to right in and play because they don't have a guy that can run and throw," Brunetti said.


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