FSU commits check out Louisville

FSU commits check out Louisville

Port St. Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast has been good to Louisville. Last year, Charlie Strong landed Deon Rogers from the school. This year, OL Mike Romano has already committed to the Cardinals. Romano visited Louisville this week and brought two talented teammates with him – both Top 50 prospects in the state of Florida.

Port Saint Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast offensive lineman Mike Romano, a Louisville commit, attended the Cardinals camp this week and brought along teammates Lamarcus Brutus and Keelin Smith.

Both three-star prospects, Brutus and Smith are considered two of the best defensive back prospects in Florida. And though both Brutus, a 6'0, 185-pound safety, and Smith, a 6'2, 185-pound cornerback, have verbally committed to Florida State, both were on Louisville's campus this week to check out the Cardinals.

"It went pretty good," Brutus said. "The school was very nice."

Romano, Brutus and Smith arrived in Louisville Monday and participated in Charlie Strong's camp Tuesday.


Keelin Smith
"We did a couple inside drills then we went outside and worked with Coach [Vance] Bedford doing one on one's," Brutus said. "I did pretty good. It was pretty fun."

Why did Brutus decide to visit Louisville?

"I had never been to Louisville so it was a good experience," Brutus said. "I wanted to come up and meet the coaches and see if I liked the school. The coaches also brought up a couple other players from my school."

While Brutus says his commitment to Florida State is solid, it's clear he's investigating his options before he makes anything official with the Seminoles.

"I wouldn't say I'm open and I'm pretty sure I'm going to Florida State but I'm not 100 percent locked in," Brutus said. "There is certain schools that I'm going to go to [visit]."

Last year, Strong convinced Georgia commit Deon Rogers to change his mind and sign with the Cardinals. Rogers, according to Brutus, has been talking up Louisville to his former Port Saint Lucie teammates. "He likes [Louisville] a lot and he just wants me to go there," Brutus said. "He liked the coaches, Coach Strong and everything."

Though Brutus didn't meet with Strong during his visit, he did talk with defensive coordinator Vance Bedford.

"I got a chance to talk to Coach Bedford. I saw Coach Strong but I didn't get a chance to talk to him," Brutus said. "He told me about their program and how it's going to turn around. He told me about their depth chart and their recruiting class, things like that. He wasn't guaranteeing a [starting] spot but he said I'd have a chance to play if I came there."

Smith, rated the No. 27 cornerback in the nation, didn't return a phone message. He told Scout.com this spring that he's also solid with his commitment to FSU.

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