Ole Miss Football Commit Finesse Middleton May Switch to Louisville

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2012

Picture via gtpreps.com
Picture via gtpreps.com

Finesse Middleton, a 5'11", 255-pound defensive end from Gadsden, Al., has been committed to the Ole Miss Rebels for more than four months—but now it appears that he may switch to the Louisville Cardinals.

Middleton took an official visit to Louisville this weekend, and will decide between Ole Miss and Louisville Sunday night at 9 p.m. ET.

He picked Ole Miss in July over Mississippi State, Southern Miss., Tulane, UAB and several other Division I colleges.

Middleton told Steve Jones of The Courier-Journal via text that his visit to Louisville went "very well."

Middleton is considered the 68th-best strong-side defensive end and the 50th-best player from the state of Alabama in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com.

ESPN.com says of the 3-star prospect:

Gadsden high school has produced some good defensive talent in the past few years and in Middleton they have another prospect with some good ability. A defensive line prospect likely best suited for defensive tackle, he is a productive but undersized player.

Middleton had 63 tackles—29 for loss—and 11 sacks for Gadsden City this season. He had 45 tackles and 10 sacks his junior season as a defensive tackle.

Louisville has nine commits for the 2013 class. The coaching staff has made the defensive line their top priority for the class.

Cardinal fans should expect a lot of success in recruiting, due their recent success on the field and the news that Louisville will move to the ACC in 2014.

Fans are also hoping a commitment would prove that Charlie Strong will remain the head football coach. There has been several rumors over the last two weeks that Strong may take one of the many open SEC coaching positions.

Middleton also took an unofficial visit to Louisville for the South Florida game in October. He has continued talking with defensive line coach Clint Hurtt and has watched the Cardinals very closely. 

One of his main questions during his visit would be whether the coaches plan to stay at Louisville.

Louisville could find out if they are getting another commit—as well as whether they are keeping their coach—by the end of Sunday night.