Four-Star Visit; Countess talks Louisville

The Louisville staff is after a wealth of recruiting targets in the Class of 2011. Few are more highly-touted than Olney, Maryland cornerback Blake Countess, a four-star prospect that recently visited the Cardinals. Countess spoke with about his trip to Louisville.

Blake Countess, a four-star cornerback from Olney, Maryland, has been busy visiting several of the schools who have offered him scholarships this summer, including a recent stop in Louisville to check out Charlie Strong's Cardinals.

"I thought the campus was nice. I didn't get to see all of it, but what I did see was nice," Countess told "The facilities were nice as well. You had everything you need right there."

Countess investigated Louisville's academic programs during his visit, an area important in his decision-making process.

"Coach [Larry] Slade led me around the campus and I met with Coach Strong and the academic counselor," Countess said.

Academics look to play a pretty important role as his decision draws near. "That's what this is truly about," said Countess. Blake reports a 3.1 core GPA, and a 970 SAT score.

Countess has a good number of BCS offers. Besides Louisville, he holds offers from Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, Stanford, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Maryland, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. With such a large list, everyone seems fairly even to this point. When asked if he had any favorites, the talented defensive back replied "no, not at this point." He went on to add, "I want to have things narrowed down before the season, but I don't know when I'll make my decision."

With a number of offers, you can conclude that he has visited quite a few schools as well. This list of schools includes, "Virginia, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Maryland, Wake Forest, Louisville, and then I camped at Virginia Tech and North Carolina."

Countess has set up any official visits, and he doesn't know for sure who is going to get them.

Countess had nothing but good things to say about the Louisville program and coaching staff. "I like the coaching staff," Countess said. "They seem very focused and driven to turn the program around. Coach Strong is on a mission and his entire staff is backing him."

Countess maintains frequent contact with Slade, Strong's defensive back coach who has strong ties in Maryland. "We probably talk every two weeks," he said.

Countess finished his junior year with over 50 tackles, while adding a kick return for a touchdown. He says he can bench press 285 pounds, squat 415, and has a 37 inch vertical leap.

"I'm very aggressive. I don't let the wide receiver catch the ball," he said. "I'm smart and know what's going on at all times. I have good instincts. I want to work on breaking on the ball and improve my anticipation. I didn't get any interceptions last year, so I definitely want to change that."

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