So. Fla. sleepers visiting Louisville

So. Fla. sleepers visiting Louisville

Lavaughn Whigham, a 6-1, 190-pound safety from Miami (FL) Southridge and Jamaine Brooks, a 6-4, 290-pound lineman from Miami (FL) Palmetto, will visit Louisville this weekend. Two of So. Fla.'s top sleepers, Whigham and Brooks are both hoping for offers from the Cardinals.

Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford convinced a pair of sleepers during his time recruiting in Miami this week - Southridge safety Lavaughn Whigham and Palmetto defensive lineman Jamaine Brooks - to visit the Cardinals this weekend.

Whigham made a big impression at Florida's Friday Night Lights camp last summer. Now at Louisville, former Gator coaches Charlie Strong and Bedford didn't forget about the 6-1, 190-pound safety when they took over the Cardinals program.

While Louisville hasn't offered Whigham a scholarship yet, the Cardinals are bringing him up for an official visit this weekend. Bedford made an in-home visit with Whigham early this week and called to check on him Wednesday night.

"I'm hoping they offer a scholarship when I come up," Whigham said. "I've been talking to Coach Bedford. I spoke to him Wednesday night and he came to my house Monday. He was talking about the city and a little about the school. He didn't know a whole lot because he's fresh there. He's recruiting me as a defensive back. They were recruiting me at Florida."

Whigham is a 'soft' commitment to Central Michigan, meaning he's looking around and exploring other options. Besides his visit to Louisville this weekend, Whigham also plans to visit Marshall before signing day.


"I'm going to Marshall next weekend on Jan. 29," Whigham said. "I just committed to Central Michigan to hold my spot there until something bigger came along."

Whigham played wide receiver, cornerback and returned punts on his high school team. Whigham was selected to play in the Miami Dade-Broward All-Star game. Whigham boasted a 101-yard interception for touchdown against Carol City and led Southridge to a 9-0 regular-season record.

Brooks, an under-rated lineman, had an in-home visit with Bedford Monday night. Bedford was at Palmetto HS earlier on Monday talking with four-star defensive lineman Delvin Jones, a former Tennessee commitment, and Brooks about visiting the Cardinals.

"I'm just going up there to check out their program and see if they offer me," Brooks said. "I've been talking to Coach Bedford. He came down this week to see me and Delvin Jones. He was going to visit this weekend with me but he doesn't have a test score so he can't."

Brooks said Bedford told him all about the Louisville program. The Cardinals are recruiting Brooks as a defensive tackle. "He came to school then he came to my house," Brooks said. "It went good. We just talked about the program and some things about my visit. He said they need some big, aggressive linemen that can play. That's what he's looking for."

One of Brooks former high school teammates plays for Louisville, wide receiver Andrell Smith, and he has some familiarity with the Cardinal program. "I've already got one of my former teammates up there – Andrell Smith, and if I like it and they give me an offer I might commit," Brooks said. "He told me he liked it up there."

Brooks is also considering making a visit next weekend. According to Brooks, Western Michigan, Illinois and Florida State are in the running for that visit. "I'm trying to pick school to visit next weekend," said Brooks. "But I am definitely visiting Louisville this weekend. I was going to come up Friday but I've got to take the SAT Saturday morning. They're flying me up after I take the SAT."

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