Cards moving up JUCO DE Hart's list?

Darius Hart

Heading into his visit with Louisville, Oklahoma State had the lead for 6'6, 250-pound DE Darius Hart from Pearl River (MS) C.C. Did Hart's visit with the Cardinals this weekend turn the tide in Louisville's favor?

Darius Hart, who already has visited Oklahoma State, saw Louisville upset 14th-ranked South Florida on his trip to Louisville this weekend. Hart said he had a nice time in Louisville.

"It was pretty good. I enjoyed it. It's a nice city and the people are nice," Hart said. "It was a good game..an exciting game to watch. Their fans were into it. I enjoyed it."

A December graduate, Hart discussed with the Louisville coaches what the Cardinals have to offer during his visit. With starting end Maurice Mitchell graduating, Louisville is looking to Hart to step in and provide a pass rushing presence at defensive end.

"We talked about their depth chart situation and where I'd fit in if I were to come there," Hart said. "We talked about what they want me to do and what kind of defense and scheme they run. I tried to imagine myself in (Louisville's) system and I can see myself there."

Hart also liked Louisville's academic situation and facilities. "They have some of the nicest (facilities) in the nation," said Hart. "They have really good facilities and they offer really good academics."

Still, Oklahoma State remains the team to beat for Hart's signature this winter.

"Louisville made up a lot of ground and made it a lot closer," Hart said. "I wouldn't say Oklahoma State is head and shoulders above Louisville but they have a slight lead. But Louisville is right there.

"I'm going to sit down in the next week or two and think about it. I might go ahead and commit somewhere or wait until I visit Kansas State Nov. 15 and commit after that."

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