LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong announced Wednesday that 24 student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to play football for the Cardinals beginning in the fall of 2012.
Additionally, Louisville already secured commitments from six mid-year enrollees, including two transfers from Florida in Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, who must sit out due to NCAA transfer regulations.
The 2012 recruiting class features 10 players from Florida, four from Georgia, two from Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky, and one from Alabama, North Carolina, Iowa and South Carolina.
Linebackers James Brown and Keith Burgess, safety Gerod Holliman and tight end Ryan Hubbell enrolled in January and all four student-athletes will participate in spring practice for the Cardinals in March.
Keith Brown LB 6-1 225 Miami, Fla./Miami Norland Senior
Enrolled at Louisville in January... played for Daryle Heidelburg at Miami Norland High School... rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... received over 30 offers from BCS schools... originally committed to Miami and Illinois... selected as a U.S. Army All-American... named to Super 75 by Times-Union... excels at taking on blocks, shedding them and tackling the runner... participated in the Under Armour Combine in Orlando... voted to the 5A first team All-State squad... selected first team All-Dade County... rated by Rivals.com as the seventh-best inside linebacker prospect in the country... ranked by Rivals as the 25th-best player in the state of Florida and 133rd in the nation... selected to the Rivals250 squad... ranked as the seventh-best outside linebacker by Scout.com... led Norland to a perfect 15-0 record and Class 5A Florida State championship this season... could play multiple positions in college... recorded 113 tackles, five sacks and returned an interception for touchdown as a senior... finished with 142 tackles and four sacks as a junior... added over 100 tackles for the second-straight year to go along with two sacks and a touchdown while leading Norland to an undefeated year and a state championship... defense shutout Crawfordville Wakulla in Class 5A state championship 38-0 while only allowing 58 yards of total offense... owns 4.5 speed... rated the fourth-best linebacker in the state of Florida and the 34th-best overall prospect in the state by SunStateFootball.com... chose Louisville over Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Illinois and Miami (Fla.). (top)
James Burgess, Jr. LB 6-0 200 Homestead, Fla./Homestead Senior
Enrolled at Louisville in January... will be able to compete in spring practice... played for Bobby McCray at Homestead Senior High School... was a high school All-American... rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... also ranked a four-star prospect by ESPN.com... Lemming top player selection at both inside and outside linebacker positions... played in only two games after breaking hand and missed the rest of the season... recorded 30 tackles in those two games with an interception return for a touchdown... voted team captain and defensive captain at the All-American game... selected to play in Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl... participated in the Badger Elite Camp... earned third team All-Dade County accolades as a sophomore and junior... named the Most Valuable Player on defense... played sophomore season at South Dade High School... father played football at the University of Miami... chose Louisville over Miami (Fla.), LSU, Florida, North Carolina, Cincinnati, Illinois, Minnesota, Ole Miss, Pitt, Rutgers, Wake Forest and West Virginia. (top)
Gerald Christian TE 6-3 240 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./William T. Dwyer/Florida
Enrolled at Louisville in January... transfer from the University of Florida... saw action in eight games as a Gator... dressed in all 13 of Florida's games... played in eight games as a Gator... played in Florida's games versus Alabama, Georgia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina, Appalachian State and Florida State... played on the field goal unit and in goal-line packages... saw action for the first time as a Gator in the season opener and had first road action at Tennessee.
William T. Dwyer High School: Coached by Jack Daniels... rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 2 tight end in the country... participant in the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio... named to the Top 150 Dream Team by PrepStar Magazine... helped lead Dwyer to the Florida Class 4A State Title in 2009 with a 14-1 record... recorded 367 receiving yards on 21 catches and three touchdowns as a senior... totaled over 170 tackles his final two years at Dwyer... named to 2008 All-Area First Team... chose Florida over Miami, Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma and Florida State. (top)
Robert Clark WR 5-8 185 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./William T. Dwyer/Florida
Enrolled at Louisville in January... transfer from Florida... had seven catches for 69 yards in his career with the Gators... saw action in 11 games (missed Georgia and Vanderbilt with a right ankle sprain) with
catches vs. Penn State, Florida State, Mississippi State, Kentucky, Tennessee and USF... recorded one reception in the Outback Bowl against Penn State... scored his first career touchdown against Florida State, a career-long 20-yard reception from John Brantley on the opening drive of the game... caught two passes for 21 yards against Mississippi State, including a 14-yard reception for a first down... recorded
a four-yard reception against Kentucky... tallied an eight-yard reception against Tennessee, which put the Gators in the red zone... recorded one reception against USF for a career-high 15 yards... made collegiate debut against Miami... became first freshman to have the stripe from his helmet removed at preseason camp.
William T. Dwyer High School: Coached by Jack Daniels... rated a three-star wide receiver by Rivals.com and a three-star cornerback by Scout.com... had 30 catches for 664 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior as Dwyer finished with a 14-1 record and won the Florida Class 4A state title... had one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and an interception in the 4A State Championship game against Niceville... named All-Area first-team in 2008 after recording 50 tackles and four interceptions ... chose Florida over Kentucky, Louisville, Purdue, South Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and Wisconsin. (top)
Safety prospect who seems to always be around the ball... great at diagnosing the run plays versus passes... quick to come up and hit a running back... originally committed to Ole Miss... played for Patrick Burrows at Southridge High School... ranks as one of the hardest hitters in the state of Florida... ranked 49th on ESPN's Top 150 and the third-ranked safety... rated by 24/7 Sports as the 107th-best prospect, the sixth-best safety and the 21st-ranked player in Florida... considered a four-star recruit and the No. 4 safety in the class of 2011 according to Rivals.com.... ranked a four-star prospect and the No. 10 safety by Scout.com...ranked 193rd on Tom Lemming's list... selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl... member of the BadgerSport Elite 7-on-7 national championship team... led Dade County with 12 interceptions during senior season, returning five for touchdowns... recorded an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, a 38-yard interception return for a score, caught six passes for 78 yards and rushed six times for 118 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown run against Coral Reef... registered 80 tackles, four picks, six sacks and two defensive touchdowns as a junior... also recorded 25 tackles for loss as a defensive back... also offered a scholarship by Cincinnati, Ole Miss, Miami, West Virginia, Kansas State, Florida International, Tennessee, USF, Nebraska, Minnesota, Maryland and Marshall. (top)
Ryan Hubbell TE 6-5 235 Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western
Enrolled at Louisville in January... two-star junior college prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... played for Scott Strohmeier at Iowa Western Community College... enrolled in January... totaled 16 catches for 250 yards, three touchdowns at Iowa Western... named second team All-Midwest conference... ranked as the No. 3 junior college tight end in the country... was voted team captain as a sophomore... guided Iowa Western to a No. 7 ranking in the nation... caught 12 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns in six games... caught four passes for 25 yards as a freshman at Iowa Western... selected first team Academic All-Region... prepped at Marion (Iowa) High School ... chose Louisville over FIU, Kansas State and Northern Illinois. (top)
Nick Dawson LB 6-3 228 Charlotte, N.C./Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology
Played for Andrew Howard at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology... rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... ranked 89th on the Rivals.com Top100 list... rated the second-best inside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com... rated the 13th-best outside linebacker prospect by Scout... ranked the 10th-best outside linebacker prospect by MaxPreps... voted an Army All-American... selected to play in the Army All-American game... originally committed to the Cardinals at the All-American game... led team to 11-3 finish as a senior... named to the North Carolina all-state high school football team by the Associated Press... named All-Queen City... credited with 126 tackles, 12 sacks, eight forced fumbles and six fumble recoveries in 11 games as a senior... recorded 113 tackles, including 14 for a loss, and five sacks as a junior... forced six fumbles and recorded an interception... credited with 125 tackles and six interceptions, returning three for touchdowns as a sophomore... held offers from Clemson, Illinois, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. (top)
Played for Doug Ramsey at Cincinnati Elder High School... ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and two-star recruit by Scout.com... rated as the 46th-best prospect in Ohio and 66th-best offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com... ranked 151st at offensive guard by Scout.com... 26th-best prospect in Ohio by ESPN.com... selected first team All-Conference as a senior and second team as a junior... voted the squad's best lineman by the team during senior campaign... voted team captain... named a second GCL All-Star... voted the WieFit Athlete of the Month... efficient tackle with good technique... dominated high school opponents but needs to add size to compete at next level... committed to Louisville in June... chose Louisville over NC State and Pittsburgh. (top)
Played for Vince Lorenzano at Bishop Chatard High School... played offensive tackle... was one of the first commitments to the Cardinals... rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com... ranked as the 20th-best player in the state of Indiana and 14th by ESPN.com... tabbed as the 17th-best center in the country... rated 53rd on the offensive line by Scout.com... will look to add depth at center position at next level... stable member of the offensive line that blocked for an offense, which scored 521 points en route to a 13-2 mark... member of IHSAA 3A state championship team in 2010 and 2011... Lemming top-player award winner... great run blocker who has great hands... has the ability and size to make a big impact... has been recorded at 335 pounds in the bench press and 435 in the squat... chose Louisville over Indiana, Iowa, Purdue and Wisconsin. (top)
Kevin Houchins DB 5-11 175 South Euclid, Ohio/Brush
Played for Rob Atwood at Brush High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... committed over the summer... 59th-ranked cornerback by Scout.com... ranked as the 43rd-best recruit in Ohio by 24/7 Sports... missed most of senior season after tearing ACL... played free safety and wide receiver for the Arcs... recorded 22 tackles and five pass break-ups... returned a kick 95 yards for a touchdown... run-stopping cornerback who is good in one-on-one coverage situations... has well-rounded ability and has good versatility... two-year starter on defense... had 50 tackles, three tackles for loss, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown on defense as a junior while hauling in 14 passes for 171 yards... averaged 18 yards per punt return as a junior, including a 92-yard touchdown return... attended U-19 USA National Team trials in Austin, Texas... member of the Ohio Varsity Mid-Season Top 40... rated as the 16th-best player in Northeast Ohio by The Plain Dealer... ran a 10.9 in the 100-meter dash as a sophomore... chose Louisville over Cincinnati, Akron, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (Ohio), Ohio and Toledo. (top)
DeAngelo Brown DT 6-1 285 Savannah, Ga./Savannah Christian Prep
Played for Donald Chumley at Savannah Christian Prep... three-star recruit by Scout.com and Rivals.com... has good size and quickness... was voted as one of the team captains... three-time All-Conference selection... registered 85 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and 12 sacks as a senior... credited with 10 pancake blocks on the offensive line... named the Georgia Class A All-State Defensive Player of the Year... was voted the All-Savannah Defensive Player of the Year... three-time All-Region selection... member of 2011 GHSA Class A state championship team after finishing as state runners-up as a junior and sophomore... team finished with perfect 15-0 record... part of a stifling defense, which only surrendered 84 points... Raider defense only allowed 41 yards of total offense in the state championship game... made verbal commitment right after championship game... 93rd-best defensive tackle by Scout.com... played in state championship game in three-consecutive seasons... had been recorded benching 420 pounds and has been clocked at 4.9 seconds in the shuttle run... chose Louisville over Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and USF. (top)
Devontre Parnell DB 5-11 163 Winnsboro, S.C./Fairfield Central
Played for Demetruis Davis at Fairfield Central... ranked a four-star prospect by ESPN.com... three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com... ninth-best collegiate prospect in South Carolina by ESPN.com... ranked as the 30th-best cornerback by Rivals.com and the 13th-best prospect in South Carolina... fast and explosive on the corner who is very productive... very instinctive with great awareness... aggressive corner who can be very physical... has great speed and can attack the football in the air... also solid at returning punts and kickoffs... made Tom Lemming's list as one of the top cornerbacks in the nation... chose Louisville over East Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. (top)
Played for Daryle Heidelburg at Miami Norland High School... rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... brother of fellow signee Keith Brown... an attack style, stand-up end with the ability to rush from depth or drop into coverage... has great athletic ability but needs to bulk up... can cover from sideline-to-sideline and is effective in reading the run... ranked 131st at linebacker by ESPN.com... rated as the 276th-best prospect in Florida by ESPN.com... helped lead Norland to a perfect 15-0 record and Class 5A Florida state championship as a senior... added over 60 tackles as a senior... chose Louisville over Illinois. (top)
Larry Jefferson TE 6-5 218 College Park, Ga./Banneker
Played for Edward Gosa at Banneker High School... has a variety of pass rush moves... has a great first step to get to the quarterback... Lemming top player selection at defensive end... versatile player who can also play tight end or linebacker... has family who live in Louisville area... committed to the Cardinals back in April... selected first team All-State... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... 36th-best weakside defensive end and 41st-best prospect in Georgia by Rivals.com... recorded more than 400
receiving yards and 13 sacks... selected first-team All-State honors at tight end by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution... ranked 39th at outside linebacker by Scout.com... attended Nike Camp in Athens, Ga.... caught 15 passes for 300 yards and a pair two touchdowns as a junior, while adding 64 tackles with six sacks and two safeties on defense... standout on the basketball court... ran the 200-meter and 400-meter events in track... chose Louisville over Auburn, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. (top)
DeAndre Herron OL 6-5 325 Avon, Ind./Avon
Played for Mark Bless at Avon High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... switched to offensive line after starting high school career on the defensive line... has good hands, which helped make an immediate impact in run blocking after moving over to the offensive line... has good size to move defenders backwards... on Lemming's list of top offensive linemen... named first team All-State by the Associated Press... first team All-Conference selection and All-County honoree... named to the Indiana Super Team and the Coaches Poll All-State team... voted the team Most Valuable Player... recorded 32 pancake blocks and an 82 percent blocking grade... selected to the Indiana Top 25 team... chose Louisville over Arkansas State, Buffalo, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, South Alabama, Southern Miss, Toledo and Western Michigan. (top)
Joe Manley OL 6-7 307 Bowling Green, Ohio/Bowling Green
Played for Kevin Wallace at Bowling Green High School... ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and two-star recruit by Scout.com... ranked as the seventh-best prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com... started playing football in third grade... invited to attend the Army All-American combine in Texas... named first-team All-State by the Associated Press... selected to the Best of the Bluegrass All-Star game... team's offense rushed for over 2,200 yards and threw for over 1,500 in 2010... attended Louisville's Junior Day in 2011... Tom Lemming nominee as one of the top offensive tackles... team won the KHSAA 5A state championship in 2011 defeating Anderson County 55-3... has superior upper body strength... has good size and athleticism... chose Louisville over Illinois, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Western Kentucky. (top)
Played for Rick Hurst at Eastside High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... ranked as the 32nd-best strong side defensive end and 43rd-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... recorded 105 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 25 sacks over last two seasons... also forced four fumbles, recorded three interceptions and blocked two kicks... missed part of senior campaign with injury... recorded 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior in eight games... added 55 tackles and 15 sacks as a junior ... picked as a team captain for a number of games... selected as the Atlanta Touchdown Club Lineman of the Week Honorable Mention All-Region in 2009... two-time second team All-State selection... two-time All-Region and All-County selection... participated in the Junior Bowl in 2011... attended the 2011 Orange and White game in Death Valley... Lemming top defensive end selection... chose Louisville over Arkansas State, Boston College, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Florida, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. (top)
Played for Jeff Pugh at East Limestone High School... rated two-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... has been mentored by Mike McCabe of One-On-One Kicking and former NFL kicker/punter Craig Hentrich... five-star prospect by Kohl's Kicking... selected to the play in the sixth annual Offense-Defense All-America Game at Cowboys Stadium... attended the Kohl's Spring National Showcase at the University of Alabama in 2010 and won the kickoff competition... rated as the 38th kicker and the eighth punter by the Kohl's Professional Kick Camp... ranked as the 13th-best kicker by Rivals.com... selected second team All-State by Andrew Bone of Scout.com... originally a soccer standout who started kicking in high school... also attended the Alabama Specialty Camp, Mississippi State Kicking Camp, Huntsville High School Big Red Football Camp, Shoals Kicking Camp and ProKicker Camp at Montgomery Bell Academy... booted 71 percent of kickoffs into the end zone as a junior... made 6-of-9 field goals with a long of 44 yards... averaged 35.0 yards on 18 punts, including a long of 52 yards... also played tight end... chose Louisville over Kentucky. (top)
Played for Rick Wood at Glasgow High School... played on both sides of the ball as a senior... selected as team captain... played tight end and defensive end... been timed at 4.8 in the 40-yard dash... was selected the District Player of the Year... voted first team All-State... guided team to a 2A state runner-up finish after losing to Covington Holy Cross during senior season... guided team to a 14-1 mark and was selected as an All-Star in the Battle of the Bluegrass... also saw action on the defensive line... had 46 solo tackles and led the Scotties with eight sacks... also recorded two interceptions and two fumble recoveries... Glasgow allowed only 127 points in 15 games... recorded 20 catches for 346 yards and three touchdowns as a senior... finished career with 70 catches for 1,018 yards and 13 touchdowns... physical tight end and good blocker... three-sport athlete, playing football, basketball and baseball... caught 23 passes for 350 yards and six touchdowns as a junior... Bowles' dad played baseball at Kentucky... also a standout on the basketball court... chose Louisville over Kentucky and Marshall. (top)
Will Gardner QB 6-5 190 Douglas, Ga./Coffee County
Played for Ken Eldridge at Coffee High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... rated as the 29th-best pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com... ranked 47th by Scout.com... the top-rated quarterback prospect in Class 5 A... has good release on throws and has the ability to scramble out of the pocket... consistent play helped stabilize offense at Coffee High School... ruptured ACL in victory over Brunswick and missed entire senior season... considered one of the top quarterback prospects in the state of Georgia by the Atlanta-Journal Constitution... three-year starter... second Coffee High School football player to attend U of L, joining Adrian Grady... led Coffee County to the state playoffs as a junior... threw for nearly 1,400 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior... ran multiple offensive formations, including the Wing-T, Option and Spread offenses... Lemming Top Combo Passer honoree... has good accuracy but can improve arm strength for better control of deep throws... chose Louisville over Alabama, Coastal Carolina and Mississippi State. (top)
Abraham Garcia OL 6-6 339 Fort Lauderdale, Fla./University
Played for Roger Harriott at University High School in Fort Lauderdale... four-star prospect by ESPN.com... three-star recruit by Rivals.com and Scout.com... rated as the 27th-best offensive guard by ESPN and 34th by Scout.com... on Tom Lemming's list of top offensive tackles on MaxPreps.com... named first team All-State... named first team Sun-Sentinel All-County... voted to the public vs. private All-Star game... gave up only one sack as a starter at offensive tackle... voted team captain during the playoffs... selected to the 2009 Sun-Sentinel All-Broward Class 3A-1A honorable mention team... did not start playing football until high school due to size... played on the South Florida Express travel football team with current Cardinal Teddy Bridgewater... can play both tackle and guard... attended the Miami Nike Camp... chose Louisville over Auburn, Florida, LSU, Marshall, South Florida and Wisconsin. (top)
Played for Harold Barnwell at Carol City High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... 17th-best recruit in Dade County by the Miami Herald... ranked 91st at wide receiver by Scout.com and 96th by Rivals.com... one of ESPN's top 100 prospects in Florida... transferred to Carol City after starting high school career at Norland... 2010 South Florida Express standout... attended the IMG Madded Football Academy 7-on-7 tournament in Bradenton, Fla.... caught 10 passes for 168 yards and three touchdowns to lead team to a 38-14 road win at Naples Barron Collier in the 2011 season... played in the 3A state final as a junior... had 45 receptions for 640 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior... Teddy Bridgewater's cousin... productive receiver who needs to add more quickness... Lemming selection as a top wide receiver... has good hands and catches everything thrown his way... committed back in May... chose Louisville over Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Rutgers. (top)
Three-start prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... ranked 31st by ESPN and 106th by Scout.com... named third-team All-State by The Miami Herald... played for Chris Merritt at Columbus High School in Miami... team won the regional and district championships in 2011... very physical, bruising running back... compact runner who thrives between the tackles... carried 49 times for 473 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior... battled injuries in 2010, but is considered one of the hardest running backs to tackle in the state... committed on Jan. 16... chose Louisville over Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Florida Atlantic, Michigan State, Utah State and Vanderbilt. (top)
Pedro Sibiea DE 6-3 251 Homestead, Fla./Homestead
Played for Bobby McCray at Homestead High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and two-star by Scout.com... ranked 173rd by Scout.com... joins teammate James Burgess... participated in Friday Night Lights... very athletic and has good body control... has good speed to beat offensive linemen in one-on-one situations... Lemming selection as a top defensive tackle... chose Louisville over Kentucky, Cincinnati, Florida, Minnesota and UAB. (top)