Trinity High School five-star wide receiver James Quick, the state's most coveted recruit, has said for several months that the leader in his recruitment was the University of Louisville with Ohio State close behind.
Quick has now been on official visits to both schools following a trip across town to U of L over the weekend and said the Cardinals are still in the lead.
"I got a lot out of the visit," Quick told Cardinal Authority on Sunday night. "Louisville is still slightly ahead of Ohio State.
"Now, I need to keep building relationships with every coach that is recruiting me. I want to start building and seeing what they can do not only as a coach but to also mentor me outside of football."
When pressed, Quick said "it's real close," between U of L and Ohio State. He's expected to make a decision on Jan. 5 during the U.S Army All-American game in San Antonio, Texas.
"In order for either school to get me, they'll have to connect with my family," Quick said. "That's important to me. My mom and dad went with me on the visit. They have to connect with the coaches also."
Quick said he could take visits to Kentucky, Tennessee and Oregon in the next few weeks, but admitted "when it comes down to it, yes it's probably one of those two schools," referring to U of L and Ohio State.
U of L head coach Charlie Strong has been handling a lot of the recruiting duties on the Quick front, along with wide receivers coach Ron Dugans.
"I have a real good relationship with coach Dugans," he said. "We can talk about anything and not just football."
Quick said he watched U of L go through two practices in preparation for the Sugar Bowl and talked to the coaches and academic folks about his future. He wants to major in accounting in college.
On Friday and Saturday, Quick also said he spent time with the players. He was one of six players on official visits for the weekend.
"I had a really good time," he said. "I pretty much knew everything about (Louisville), I was just looking for some confirmation.
I got confirmation that if I were to come there, I would be able to get my chance to play early. They showed me where I fit into the offense. They run a really good offense. I would probably be used a lot like I am at Trinity."
Ranked as the No. 22 player in the Class of 2013 by Scout.com and the No. 2 wide receiver, Quick finished his senior season with 85 catches for 1,413 yards and 16 TDs. He was named Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Kentucky and also won the Paul Hornung Award as the state's top player.
For his career, Quick is the state's all-time receptions leader with 280 catches and ranks third in yards (4,434) and touchdowns (57). He helped Trinity to three straight Class 6-A state championships and is the only player in state history to catch a TD pass in four consecutive state title games.