New Jersey safety 'loved' Louisville visit

Rob Mahan traveled with his parents from New Jersey to attend Louisville's Junior Day. Mahan, a talented safety who is receiving Big East interest, loved what he saw from Charlie Strong's program.

Robert Mahan traveled all the way from New Jersey to attend Louisville's Junior Day.

A 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety, Mahan is receiving strong interest from several Big East programs, including Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Cincinnati, and was impressed with his trip to Louisville this weekend.

"I liked it very much," Mahan said. "I had a great experience. I loved the facilities. Everything is new. They've got a renovation going at the stadium and the weight room, clubhouse and eating hall are all new. I loved it. I think the coaches took well to me and were happy I was there. I talked to Coach [Larry] Slade a lot."

Slade, Louisville's defensive back coach, recruits Mahan's area. He's also recruiting two of Mahan's teammates – Bill Belton and DeVante Waugh. Belton and Waugh didn't visit Louisville with Mahan.

"He told me that I would be a great fit in the program," Mahan said. "He told me about many of the great defensive backs in the NFL he's coached. He knows what he's talking about. I really liked that."

Mahan was especially impressed with Charlie Strong, who addressed the group of prospects before Saturday morning's practice.

"He stressed winning," said Mahan. "He only wants players that want to win. He [also] stressed education and said the reason why you go to college is to go to school. He said his players will go to class everyday and he has checkers to make sure they go to class. He gets two progress reports each semester so you've got to go to class. I think it's a great approach and it's going to change the program. It will bring great players and more wins to Louisville."

While Mahan is still waiting on his first scholarship offer, he hopes Louisville will send one in the future.

"They haven't said anything about an offer but coach Slade told me I could be a starter in their program," Mahan said. "I think they'll offer in the future. They invited me to the spring game. I'll probably come for the spring game."

Mahan, the nephew of former Louisville basketball player Nate Johnson, visited UofL with his parents and brother.

"They loved everything that the coaches were saying and my parents loved it a lot because we have family down here," Mahan said. "My uncle, Nate Johnson, lives in Kentucky and he played basketball at Louisville. He said it's a great city and they love Louisville – it's all about Louisville."

Mahan said he plans to visit Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Maryland in the next couple weeks.

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