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Louisville, Hawgs in mix for ex-LSU pledge

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It's been a few days since three-star Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central linebacker and former LSU commit Sharieff Rhaheed opened things back up and already the suitors are lining up.
"I'm visiting Arkansas soon," Rhaheed said. "There's mutual interest there but I want to see the campus so I can learn more about them. If I like it they'll be a school I look into a lot more."
Depending on the scheme, Rhaheed could be used at linebacker or defensive end at the next level. He said he's already had discussions with the Razorbacks coaches about his potential role.
"When I talked to [linebackers] Coach [Randy] Shannon he said they'd use me as an outside linebacker," Rhaheed said. "They run a 4-3 but mix in 3-4 so they said I'd get a chance to rush the passer and drop into coverage. He said if I want to play defensive end I can if I can put on 30 pounds."
Rhaheed said his preference is to play outside linebacker, but that won't make or break his college choice.
Upon decommitting Rhaheed made calls to two schools first, Louisville and Alabama. He said both are in the mix for his services going forward.
"When I called Louisville they were saying how they love me and they think I could be a great player there," he said. "It's like a family environment and I could blend in. There are a lot of people from Florida that go there and that have had success."
Rhaheed added that the Cardinals shift into the ACC is also something he likes.
"They're going into the ACC my freshman year so that gives them an advantage over some other schools," he said.
As far as the Tide, Rhaheed said he's hoping to visit sometime soon so he can reconnect with the coaching staff.
"I know that they're interested but they want to get me on campus again," he said. "They really do like me, if there's an opportunity I'm going to get up there. But I'm going to wait until after this month."
After his situation with LSU left a bad taste in his mouth, Rhaheed said he's going to be more cautious when it comes to picking his next school.
"I'm going to be more guarded," he said. "I'm going to try to visit whichever school I choose before I commit again. I'm going to play it super safe this time and make sure I build a better relationship with the coaches."
As far as a timeline, Rhaheed said he's not sure when he will start to zero in on another commitment.
"I like a couple of schools but I'm going to wait until I actually love the school to commit," he said. "I don't have a timeline, it could be a week or it could be all the way until signing day."
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