Four-star LB Perryman adds L'ville to list

Four-star LB Perryman adds L'ville to list

Louisville is making a move with four-star Coral Gables, Fla., linebacker Denzel Perryman. UofL assistant Clint Hurtt paid a visit to Perryman earlier this week and the Cardinals now hold a spot on Perryman's list of favorites.

Charlie Strong already has 20 verbal commitments for next season, and the Louisville coach has set his program's sights high to fill the few remaining spots in the Cardinals 2011 recruiting class.

That's why Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt paid a recruiting visit to Denzel Perryman, a four-star linebacker from Coral Gables, Fla., earlier this week.

"He talked to me and my parents about Louisville, how the school is, the academic program and what they have to offer," Perryman said of Hurtt's recent visit. "It was pretty good visit. Since Coach Hurtt came down I'm considering them."

Perryman, a 6-0, 220-pound middle linebacker, said he's thinking about making an official visit to Louisville in January.


"I think I'm going to take a visit up there," Perryman said. "Coach Hurtt told me he'd like to have me up there so I can see what he's talking about. He wants me to get up there and see what [Louisville] is all about. I'm thinking about taking a visit up there sometime in January."

Perryman has known Hurtt since his days as an assistant coach at Miami. He's also familiar with Strong's defensive-minded reputation from his days at Florida. Louisville is attempting to sell Perryman on the opportunity to make an early impact for the Cardinals next season.

"They told me I'd have an opportunity to come in and get some early playing time," said Perryman. "They have alot of young guys at the linebacker position and they'd like to add one more big linebacker."

While early playing time isn't a huge factor for Perryman, Louisville has definitely given him something to think about.

"I'd like to play early, but it isn't a big factor," said Perryman. "The big factor is that I want to be comfortable at the school that I'm going to be attending for the next four years and that the academics and environment can help me prepare for life after football."

One of Florida's top prospects, Perryman holds 25 scholarship offers. This season, Perryman recorded 137 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, and four sacks as his team finished the season 5-5. Now, Perryman is trying to sort through the recruiting process.

"I spoke with Florida earlier today and I think FSU and LSU are coming down next week," Perryman said. "I don't have any favorites, but the Top 5 that I'm looking at right now are Louisville, Miami, Florida State, Florida and LSU. I'm open-minded about anyone that is interested in me."

Miami's coaching change this weekend impacted Perryman's thinking. Perryman made two unofficial visits this season to Miami and is seriously considering the Hurricanes.

"My family wants me to stay in Florida so they can come see me play, but they want me to do whatever is best for me," Perryman said. "The whole coaching change at Miami threw me off. I'm waiting to see what happens there."

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