January 4, 2008
Cards squarely in Jerod's top three
Four-star defensive end Tony Jerod continues to move closer to a college decision. Cardinalsports.com talked to the talented player recently about where Louisville stands in his recruitment, and how he and teammate Cyrus Gray view possibly playing for the Cardinals.
After visiting Louisville a few weeks ago, Jerod said he enjoyed the visit. Since then, while Jerod was enjoying a break from school, the Cardinals went on a hunt for a defensive coordinator and found one in former Michigan DC Ron English. While UofL assistant coach Tony Alford reached out to contact the 6-foot-5, 255-pound player earlier this week, Jerod said he wasn't aware of the new hire.
Does that change the way he views the Cardinals? "No, they have been in my top three anyway," he answered.
"I'm really geting it narrowed down and Louisville is in my top three," Jerod added. "I felt at home and real comfortable. I had to catch myself a couple of times because I was just laying on people's couches that I didn't even know. I felt real at home."
Jerod said he got to hang out with current Cardinals Adrian Grady, Trent Guy, Maurice Mitchell, and James Bryant, who all made him feel like a member of the team.
"Me and Cyrus were just talking the other day about Louisville," Jerod commented. "We were just trying to see where each other was in the recruiting process and Louisville came up and we talked about them. It would be good if we both went there because we could both play early. Plus we're from the same team so it would be good."
While the Cards are near the top, it shouldn't be forgotton that Jerod already gave a verbal commitment to Texas A&M. He is considering visiting the Aggies later this month. Aside from those two, Texas Tech and Kansas also have their hats in the ring. "I'm just still trying to measure it all out and get it all situated, but it will probably come down to the last week before I make it final," he said.
With three of those schools closer to home, could Louisville be left out because of distance from home? "No, that's okay. I already talked to my family about it, and my family wants me to go wherever I'm comfortable," he answered.
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