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Louisville is currently the top choice for 4-star defensive end J.J. Weaver.

4-star defensive end J.J. Weaver calls Louisville his ‘top choice’

The Louisville Cardinals still have plenty of competition for 2019 defensive end prospect J.J. Weaver, but the 4-star recruit said Monday that the Cardinals are at the top of his list entering the season.

“Louisville is my top choice right now, but I love the coaches at Vanderbilt and Oregon,” Weaver said Monday at the Courier-Journal’s High School Football Media Day.

In addition to Vanderbilt and Oregon, Purdue has made a strong push for the defensive end this summer. Weaver is the top available defensive prospect in Kentucky for the 2019 class according to the 247Sports composite rankings.

For the 2019 recruiting class, 247Sports also ranks him the No. 4 overall player in the state and 177th in the nation.

Two of the top three rated players in Kentucky – defensive end Stephen Herron Jr. and Jacoby Lacey – have already left the state, committing to Michigan and Notre Dame, respectively. Louisville is pushing hard to keep Weaver and other top prospects in Kentucky from leaving the Bluegrass state.

Weaver stands at 6-foot-4 and 224 pounds. 247Sports rates him the 15th-best strong-side defensive end in the 2019 class.

Louisville lacks depth at defensive line, especially after the team was forced to dismiss defensive end Chris Williams last week after he was accused of stealing money from teammates. Landing Weaver would go a long way to repairing the Cardinals defensive line.