Louisville among Jarbo's leaders after visit

Collin Jarbo is one of the top tight ends on Louisville's recruiting board. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound prospect from Gadsen, Alabama visited Louisville last week and now lists the Cardinals among his favorites.

Collin Jarbo is one of the top tight end targets on Louisville's recruiting board.

The 6-foot-5, 220-pound Gadsen, Ala. prospect made an unofficial visit to Louisville last Thursday and Friday. Jarbo enjoyed his visit and is impressed with the direction the Cards are heading under Charlie Strong.

"I liked it," Jarbo said. "They showed me a lot of good stuff on campus. It was a bigger campus than I thought it was going to be. The stadium expansion is going to be real nice. I feel like Coach Strong is about to turn that program around."

Why does Jarbo believe Strong has Louisville headed the right way?

"Just the way he was talking," Jarbo said. "He said when he first came in a couple of the players had problems going to class and he said he went in there himself and made sure they were going to class."

That made a strong impression on Jarbo's parents, who made the trip to Louisville with him last week.

"They both liked it a lot," Jarbo said. "My mom liked how sincere Coach Strong was and my dad liked how he's making the program right now."

Jarbo spoke with his recruiting coach, Mike Groh and Louisville offensive coordinator Mike Sanford during his visit. They explained to Jarbo how they would use him in the Cardinals spread offense.

"I got to sit down with Coach Groh and the offensive coordinator," Jarbo said. "They said they were honored for me to come up there. They talked about Aaron Hernandez at Florida and said they'd use me like him."

Hernandez was a big part of Florida's offense last season, catching nearly 70 passes for 850 yards and five TD's. Those numbers are similar to what Jarbo posted as a junior when he made 30 receptions for 980 receiving yards and 20 TD's.

"I think that's the kind of role I play in high school and I think that would be easy for me to fit in," Jarbo said.

Louisville appears a strong contender for Jarbo, who also has an offer from Memphis. Kentucky might be close to offering Jarbo and he plans to visit the Wildcats soon. Auburn, Mississippi State and Alabama are showing heavy interest. Jarbo will attend Alabama's spring game and also plans to visit Auburn in the near future.

"We told [Louisville] I'm looking to commit before football season. I've still got a bunch of options right now," Jarbo said. "I'd like to have it done before my first football game. From the offers I have right now Louisville probably stands second or third on my list. [Louisville] and Kentucky are right there together. Alabama, Auburn, [Louisville] and Kentucky are all right there."

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