Feb. 4, 2009
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Signing Day Central
Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville football program
has signed 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the
2009 season, head coach Steve Kragthorpe announced Wednesday,
the first day of the national signing period. He also released
the four newcomers who enrolled in school back in January.
The 2009 class consists of players from eight different states,
including seven from the state of Florida and six from California.
The Cardinals also gained commitments from Texas, Maryland,
Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and Mississippi.
Facing a need to add depth on the defensive side of the football,
the Cardinals went out and signed 15 players on defense, including
six defensive backs, two linebackers, fi ve defensive linemen,
and two players who are listed as athletes. Louisville shored
up the defensive line by signing three junior-college standouts in
Joseph Townsend (San Jose, Calif.), Tim High (Compton, Calif.)
and Malcolm Tatum (Perkinston, Miss.)
Townsend and Tatum are both enrolled in class and going
through the Cardinals' winter workout program. High is another
talented JUCO player from El Camino who also played one season
at UNLV. The Cardinals also landed talented defensive linemen
in Roy Philon (Lexington, Ky.) and Malcolm Mitchell (Stone
The Cardinals landed some talented players in the secondary
in Champ Lee
(Lakeland, Fla.), Preston Pace
Fla.), Titus Teague
(Pomana, Calif.), Shenard Holton
Green, Ky.) and Zed Evans
Horace Miller (Baltimore, Md.) and Mike Privott (Norfolk,
Va.) are two outstanding linebacker prospects who have excellent
credentials. Miller recorded a school record 29 sacks a year ago,
while Privott recorded 132 tackles at Lake Taylor High School.
Twins Issac Geff rad (Oakland Park, Fla.) and Jacob Geff rad
(Oakland Park, Fla.) are listed as athletes, but will likely help out
in the secondary or at linebacker.
Off ensively, the Cardinals landed one of the nation's top junior-
college quarterbacks in Adam Froman (Santa Rosa, Calif.).
A fi rst team All-American, Froman threw for 3,876 yards and 40
touchdowns last season. Froman is on campus and working out
with the team.
The Cardinals landed a pair of high school running backs in
Jeremy Wright (Clermont, Fla.) and Boogie McCray (Norfolk,
Va.). Wright was the leading rusher in Florida and rushed for
4,133 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career. McCray totaled
1,627 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago at Lake Taylor High
At the wide receiver spot, Kragthorpe and staff added three
talented newcomers in Damian Copeland (Bradenton, Fla.),
Sean Farr (Baltimore, Md.) and Andrell Smith (Miami, Fla.).
Copeland caught 52 passes for 718 yards as a senior, while Farr
led Dunbar to its third state title in a row after recording a 1,000-
yard receiving campaign. Smith enrolled in January after a standout
career at Palmetto High School.
The Cardinals landed a pair of talented off ensive linemen in
Joe Evinger (Brazil, Ind.) and Hunter Stout (Tampa, Fla.) Evinger
was a junior-college All-American at the College of the Canyons,
while Stout was a two-year starter at the Wharton School.