December 6, 2007

Louisville's next for Sanders

Four-star offensive lineman Zebrie Sanders said he grew up a Louisville fan. Coming in the next two weeks, the Cardinals will have a chance to impress the No. 18 offensive tackle in the nation and the top ten player from Ohio.

"I'm actually coming up there not this weekend but the next," Sanders told, confirming he would be in town the weekend of December 14. "I set up the visit a couple of days ago with Coach (Greg) Nord."

The 6-foot-5, 273-pound prospect from Northmont H.S. in Ohio has had a long-standing interest in UofL. "Louisville was my favorite team when I started looking at college football and I started following them a lot," he explained. "When they offered me I liked them a lot. Then I went down there for a combine and I really liked the facilities and everything."

How did he become a fan? "At first, it was just about which team I liked based on jerseys and how they played," he said. "After awhile I liked where they were located and the city. Then I liked Coach Petrino and their style of offense."

Despite his interest, Louisville definitely has tough competition. "I've narrowed it down," Sanders said. "There's basically four - Lousiville, Florida State, Florida, and Georgia."

Having already visited Florida and Georgia, the Cardinals and Seminoles will host him (FSU in January) before he makes a decision. "My top two are Florida and Georgia. After I go to Louisville Florida State, maybe that will balance it all out again."

When asked about why the Gators and Bulldogs stood at the top of his list, he said his mother attended UGA and he has visited both schools so he feels very comfortable with them.

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