December 23, 2007

Louisville near the top for Salmon

Randy Salmon, a three-star defensive tackle from Stockbridge H.S. in Georgia, recently met with a member of the Louisville coaching staff and the Cardinals are climbing his list. Cardinalsports.com talked recently to the 6-foot-2, 285-pound prospect about his interest from UofL and where the Cards stand on his list.

Rated as the No. 46 defensive tackle prospect in the country, Salmon caught the Louisville coaches' eyes as they recruited his teammate, quarterback Tyler Bass.

"They talked to me last week, probably about Wednesday," Salmon said of the Cardinals. "They took my film and they were going to take it show it to the head coach."

Coach Tony Alford was the assistant who visited with the big man from the South. "We sat down and had a good talk," Salmon reported. "He said he was impressed with my tape and they are going to take a look at the team with the other coaches and look at my transcript."

Should the Cards offer, they would join South Carolina, Southern Miss, N.C. State, and Troy, among others. Salmon has told Rivals.com for some time that the Gamecocks were his leader, but that is up in the air a little bit at this point. "Coach (Tyrone) Nix was recruiting me, and now that he went to Ole Miss I don't know if they are going to put someone else on me or what," he explained. "The next choice would be Louisville."

Why the Cardinals? "They got a lot of good d-linemen in the NFL right now. I know if I go here they could prepare me for where I want to be," he answered.

Bass has already expounded on the virtues of the Big East program to his teammate. "He told me it was a good school and how their facilities are real nice. I'm just waiting to see if I can take a visit up there sometime in January," Salmon said.

While he is expected to play defensive tackle in college, Salmon played on the end this season at Stockbridge because his team employed a 3-3-5 scheme. He recorded 50 tackles, six forced fumbles, and five sacks. "I come off the ball quick. I'm strong inside," the prospect said when asked to describe his game. "I feel like I can lock anybody up. I have real good hands and good feet. I'm explosive. I believe I'm pretty fast for my size."

Salmon is also the varsity heavyweight on his school's wrestling team. After finishing fourth in the state last season, he is one of the favorites to battle for the crown this year. He is currently undefeated.



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