Louisville tops Florida lineman's list

James Elliot, a talented offensive lineman from Pensacola (FL) Catholic, attended Louisville's spring game Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and told InsideTheVille.com Saturday afternoon that the Cardinals are firmly atop his list of favorites.

James Elliot, a talented offensive lineman from Pensacola (FL) Catholic, attended Louisville's spring game Friday night at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium and told InsideTheVille.com Saturday afternoon that the Cardinals are firmly atop his list of favorites.

"Louisville is on top," Elliot said. "They were on top before the visit. Coach [Dave] Borbely's been talking about how big of an impact I could make my freshman year and that got me excited. He's looking at me as a guard and I think that's my best position to help me get to the next level after college."

The Cardinals offered Elliot a couple months ago and wide receiver coach Ron Dugans has developed a strong relationship with the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman. Eliott, who also lists Alabama, FIU, Kansas and Kentucky, travelled to Louisville with teammate Damarious Rancifer, whose uncle, Pat Moorer, is the Cardinals strength coach.

"I love it. I loved everything about it," Elliot said. "The coaching staff was unbelievable and they made me feel like I was already playing there. It started raining right before the game and there were still a lot of people there. The fans are committed to the team. I liked that."

Elliot grew up interested in Southeastern Conference football but has developed a strong interest in Louisville since Charlie Strong took over last December. Elliot says he's excited about the prospect of being part of Strong's first full recruiting class at UofL.

"I grew up watching SEC football and I've started asking people what they thought about Louisville with Coach Strong coming in and everybody has had nothing but good things to say," Elliot said. "Coach Dugans said the 2011 recruiting class is going to be special and I was excited about that."

While on his visit, Elliot spent time with Louisville's offensive line coach Dave Borbely, who told him there will be immediate playing time available next season.

"I met Coach Borbely, Coach Dugans and Coach Moorer right after we got there and Coach Borbely took me back to his office and he talked a little bit about the depth chart," Elliot said. "They said they're losing seven seniors and whoever comes in will have a good chance of playing next year.

Louisville's need for immediate help on the offensive line has helped separate the Cardinals from the other schools recruiting Elliot.

"When I went to FSU they said if I work hard I could probably play my sophomore or junior year," Elliot said. "I don't want to sit on the bench that long at college, but I'm willing to work hard to play early."

Elliot said he plans to visit a few schools over the summer, including a return trip to Louisville.

"I'm definitely coming back to Louisville," Elliot said. "I want to look at the academics. I want to study sports medicine and I want to see what they have for that. I'm probably going to take some official visits in the fall just to see what other schools offer but my position is it's pretty much Louisville. Louisville is definitely on top. I just don't want to make a decision right now."

Though Elliot is strongly considering a commitment to Louisville, he said the Cardinals haven't pressured him during the recruiting process to do so.

"They haven't pressured me about it," Elliot said. "Coach Borbely told me to enjoy the process. I think they know that Louisville is on top. Louisville is very strong right now."


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