Chisum 'blown away' by Louisville

Alex Chisum, a three-star wide receiver from Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek, had some familiarity with Louisville before attending the Cardinals Junior Day, but had no idea he would be 'blown away' by the experience.

Three-star Tyrone, Ga. wide receiver Alex Chisum had some familiarity with Louisville before attending the Cardinals Junior Day this weekend.

Chisum, a 6-3, 180-pound prospect with 4.59 40-speed, has heard quite a lot about Louisville from teammate Lacy Coleman and Jarrett Davis, who signed with the Cardinals in February. Still, he had no idea that his visit to Louisville would "blow him away."

"I thought it went great," Chisum said. "I got to see everything I wanted to see and talk to my position coach. We got to see the practice and that was good to see what they're looking like an how they're coached. I also got to talk with my recruiting coach, Coach [Kenny] Carter. And I got to talk a little bit with Coach Strong. He told me they really need some quarterbacks and wide outs in this class."

Chisum, who made the trip with teammate Ronnie Bell, was surprised by Louisville's facilities, and was particularly impressed with the Cardinals newly expanded stadium and indoor practice facility.

"I was blown away because I didn't think Louisville had all that stuff to offer facility-wise and the stadium," Chisum said. "The town is great and all the coaches seemed pretty cool and down to earth. It had a nice family atmosphere there."

Chisum, ranked the No. 34 prospect in his state, spoke with Louisville wide receiver coach Ron Dugans while attending the Cardinals Junior Day. Dugans stressed Louisville's need at the position Chisum plays – wide receiver.

"We really had a good talk," Chisum said. "I like him. He told me they need wide outs. He talked about my size and ability to go get the ball. He said they need me at Louisville."

Chisum watched Dugans closely as he worked with Louisville's wide receivers during the Cardinals practice session Saturday morning.

"It's the same offense we run in high school and they do a lot of the same stuff we do," said Chisum. "It looked like they [wide receivers] were coached very well."

Though Louisville hasn't been to a bowl game in three years, Chisum seemed positive about the new direction the Cardinals are headed with Charlie Strong. Chisum said he's very interested in the Cardinals and plans to attend Louisville's spring game next month and the season-opener against Kentucky to see Davis and Coleman.

"They are just coming up right now and they're trying to get better and better," Chisum said. "Lacy and Jarrett have been telling me about Louisville. I wanted to come up and see it and take it all in. It was very nice. I'm actually coming back for the spring game to see more about how they are coached and what they do."

As a junior, Chisum had 30 receptions for 500 yards and six touchdowns. Chisum currently holds offers from Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Louisville and Kentucky and named a few favorites early in the recruiting process. Chisum also plans to visit Cincinnati and Kentucky this spring.

"Right now it's Louisville, Cincinnati and Kentucky," Chisum said.

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