University of Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong announced on Wednesday the signing of 20 student-athletes to National-Letters-of- Intent to join the Cardinals football program. Hired on Dec. 9, Strong put together one of the deepest and arguably most-talented classes in school history in just a span of 55 days. Louisville signed seven players from the state of Florida, four from Ohio and Georgia, two from Kentucky and New Jersey and one from Alabama. read more
|Name||Pos||Ht||Wt||Cl||Hometown (Previous School)||Highlights|
|Chris Acosta||OL||6-3||262||Fr.||Miami, Fla. (Hileah)|
|Josh Bellamy||WR||6-0||205||Jr.||St. Petersburg, Fla. (Butte)|
|Jamaine Brooks||OL||6-4||300||Fr.||Miami, Fla. (Palmetto)|
|Dominique Brown||QB||6-2||215||Fr.||Cincinnati, Ohio (Winton Woods)|
|Preston Brown||LB||6-2||232||Fr.||Cincinnati, Ohio (Northwest)|
|B.J. Butler||OLB|| 6-2||254||Fr.||Kissimmee, Fla. (Osceola)|
|Lacy Coleman||DE||6-4||223||Fr.||Tyrone, Ga. (Sandy Creek)|
|Jarrett Davis||WR||5-10||164||Fr.||College Park, Ga. (Sandy Creek)|
|Tyon Dixon||LB||6-0||190||Fr.||Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain)|
|Kai Dominguez|| WR||6-1||175||Fr.||Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph's Regional)|
|Brandon Dunn||DL||6-3||268||Fr.||Louisville, Ky. (Pleasure Ridge Park)|
|Michaelee Harris||WR||6-0||187||Fr.||Miami, Fla. (Northwestern)|
|Kamal Hogan||RB||5-11||198||Fr.||Montvale, N.J. (St. Joseph)|
|Corvin Lamb||RB|| 5-9||204||Fr.|| Miami, Fla. (Northwestern)|
|Jordan Paschal||CB|| 5-9||172||Fr.||Trotwood, Ohio (Trotwood-Madison)|
|Senorise Perry|| WR||6-0|| 180||Fr.|| Summerville, Ga. (Chattooga)|
|Stephan Robinson||WR||5-8||175||Fr.||Louisville, Ky. (Central)|
|Deon Rogers||LB|| 6-2||186||Fr.||Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast)|
|Jake Smith||OL||6-3|| 313||Fr.||Jacksonville, Ala. (Jacksonville)|
|Marcus Smith||ATH||6-4||211||Fr.||Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway)|
Big, physical offensive lineman who has the ability to play
all fi ve positions... played for Marc Berman at Hialeah High
School... ranked as a two-star prospect by Scout.com and the
117th off ensive guard nationally... fi nished the season with a
record of 7-3... physical blocker with good footwork that can
overwhelm defenders at the point of attack... totaled almost
100 pancake blocks during his junior year... registered 15 tackles
and two sacks on defense during his junior campaign... also
a member of the track and fi eld team, as well as wrestling...
has recorded distances of over 50' in the shot put and 125' in the
discus... participant in the Nike Miami-Dade/Broward Football
All-Star Game... chose Louisville over Florida Atlantic, Buff alo,
Illinois State, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee State... born
Explosive wide receiver who has good speed and is a precise
route-runner... committed to South Florida early in the recruiting
process... can step in immediately and help a depleted wide
receiver unit... played for Jeff Jordan at Butte Community College...
played two seasons at Butte Community College... is the
cousin of current U of L cornerback Preston Pace, who also played
at Butte... caught 80 passes for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns
in two seasons at Butte... signed out of high school at South
Florida and also signed at Iowa State... rated as a two-star prospect
by Scout.com and a three-star prospect by Rivals... was part
of an undefeated Butte team that went 12-0, in route to win the
California Community College Athletic Association state championship
game, and the 2008 national championship... named
to the Region I All-California fi rst-team off ense after recording
38 receptions for 705 yards (14.80 per catch) and eight touchdowns...
played receiver and quarterback as a freshman, fi nishing
with 34 receptions, for 563 yards (17.7), nine touchdowns
and also returned a kickoff 97 yards for TD... left Butte holding
the all-time receiving touchdown record with 17 touchdowns...
chose Louisville over Arizona, Idaho, Marshall, Washington State
and South Florida... 5/18/1989.
Athletic defensive lineman who moves well and is tough to
move off the ball because of his size... played for Larry Coff ey
at Palmetto High School... emerged as one of the top defensive
line prospects in Dade County... ranked as a two-star prospect by
Scout.com... was rated one of the Top fi ve defensive linemen in
Miami-Dade by the Miami Herald... led Palmetto to a 7-3 mark
as a senior... was a third team All-Dade County 6-A selection this
season... played every position on the line... chose Louisville over
Western Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois... born 11/18/1991.
Gives the Cardinals an athletic, playmaker at the quarterback position...
committed early to Cincinnati... played for Troy Everhart
at Winton Woods High School... three-year starter at quarterback...
rushed for 4,685 yards and 64 touchdowns and threw
for 1,691 yards and 15 touchdowns in his scholastic career...
rated as one of the top players in the state of Ohio... rated as
a four-star quarterback and athlete by Rivals.com and a threestar
by Scout.com... selected to the Rivals 250 list... ranked
by Rivals.com as the 20th-best dual-threat quarterback... rated
the 193rd-best player in the country and the 10th-best player
in the state... ranked 10th on the Rivals.com Ohio Postseason
Top 75... rated as the 35th-best quarterback by Scout.com and
the 23rd-best prospect in the state of Ohio... no. 1 quarterback
prospect in the state of Ohio... named the Cincinnati Off ensive
Player of the Year... voted fi rst-team All-TriStateFootball.
com... led Winton Woods to a 13-2 record last season and the
school's fi rst-ever Division II State Championship during his
senior season... rushed for an amazing 1,998 yards and 32
touchdowns and threw for 723 yards in guiding his team to the
title... rushed 20 times for 173 yards and four touchdowns in
the state title game win over Maple Heights... his four rushing
touchdowns tied the Division II title game record, previously set
by Javon Ringer in 2002... recorded a 50-yard touchdown run in
the state championship game... he also tossed a 20-yard scoring
pass... named the Ohio Division II Co-Off ensive Player of the
Year... ran for 249 yards and seven touchdowns in the semifi nal
win over Marion-Franklin High School.. rushed 17 times for 314
yards and four touchdowns in a win over Milford... also plays
guard on the Winton Woods basketball team... chose Louisville
over Ohio State, Cincinnati and Georgia Tech... born 12/27/1991.
Prototypical linebacker for Charlie Strong's defensive system...
showed ability to run and play physical... played for Jeff Neal at
Northwest High School... committed early to Cincinnati... played
both fullback and outside linebacker at Northwest... rated as the
No. 38 prospect in Ohio and the No. 75 outside linebacker in the
class of 2010... ranked 37th on the Rivals.com Postseason Top 75
in the state of Ohio... rated as the 67th-best outside linebacker
by ESPN.com... earned fi rst-team All-District honors... selected
to play in the North-South All-Star game... carried 143 times
for 973 yards and 12 touchdowns... recorded 31 tackles... had
13 carries for 249 yards and four touchdowns versus Amelia, 24
rushes for 140 yards against Glen Este, 27 carries for 107 yards
versus Little Miami and had eleven rushes for 191 yards and fi ve
scores against Finneytown... chose Louisville over Minnesota,
Cincinnati... born 10/27/1992.
Athletic player who runs well and can change direction... played
for Jeff Rolson at Osceola High School in Kissimmee, Fla... was
an early commitment to Georgia... one of the top prospects in
the state of Florida... rated a four-star recruit by both Scout.com
and Rivals.com... can play both defensive end and linebacker...
rated as the 50th-best prospect in Florida by SunStateFootball.
com... ranked No. 27 in his position by Rivals.com and 50th in
Florida... ranked as 29th-best defensive end in the nation...
rated as the 31st-best player in the entire state of Florida... team
went 7-6 during the season... had six tackles and two sacks
against George Jenkins High School... recorded four tackles
for loss against Poinciana High School... forced two fumbles
in game against Harmony High School... earned All-County
honors as a junior... As a junior, played on both sides of the ball
for Osceola... passed for over 500 yards and 10 touchdowns at
quarterback... also played some defensive end and had 35 tackles
and three sacks. chose Louisville over Georgia, Florida State,
Florida, Alabama, Michigan and West Virginia.
Athletic and rangy defensive end who has the frame to get bigger
and stronger... played for Chip Walker at Sandy Creek High
School... committed to Louisville under Steve Kragthorpe...
ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the 79thbest
defensive end prospect nationally... voted as the 70th top
prospect in the state of Georgia... team fi nished the season with
a record of 14-1... member of state championship team his
senior year... Most Valuable Player at the Scout.com Combine
in Atlanta... named to Atlanta Journal-Constitution fi rst-team
All-State... had 15 tackles for loss his senior year... chose Louisville
over East Carolina, Toledo, Louisiana-Monroe and West
Virginia... born 11/12/1990.
Played for Chip Walker at Sandy Creek High School... earned
a state championship at Sandy Creek High School that went
14-1...original commitment of former head coach Steve
Kragthorpe... recorded fi ve catches for 182 yards in the Georgia
State Championship Game, a state record according to the
Georgia High School Football Historians Association... caught
39 passes for 789 yards and six touchdowns on the season...
registered 42 receptions for 810 yards and seven touchdowns as
a junior... has been timed at 4.43 in the 40-yard dash... chose
Louisville over Kent State, Ohio U., Furman, Tulane and Troy...
Very quick and aggressive undersized linebacker with good productivity...
has longer, stronger arms which allows him to play
taller... original commitment of former head coach Steve Kragthorpe...
played for Tom Bolden at Colerain High School in Cincinnati,
Ohio... rated by ESPN.com as the 88th-best outside linebacker...
ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com... ranked
as a two-star prospect by Scout.com...rated as the 135th-best
outside linebacker... linebacker who has the quickness to play
on the weak side... had 35 solo tackles and 28 assisted tackles
as a junior... blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown
against Princeton High School... two-star rating from Rivals.
com... has been clocked at 4.56 in the 40-yard dash... has
recorded a 315-pound maximum bench press and 595 pounds
in the squat... has a vertical of 33 inches... chose Louisville over
Ball State... born 10/6/1991.
Can play both wide receiver and in the secondary... played for
Tony Karcich at St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale,
N.J.... rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and the
142nd-best wide receiver nationally... ranked as the 25th-best
prospect and the seventh-best wide receiver in the state of New
Jersey... recorded 45 receptions for 800 yards and seven touchdowns
as a senior... credited with 28 tackles and forced a fumble
on defense... was the US Air Force National Player of the Week as
senior after scoring two touchdowns in a win over Wayne Hills to
snap their 55-game winning streak... caught four passes for 72
yards and added fi ve tackles... made a 28-yard touchdown catch
and a 4-yard run for another score in the game... was rated the
No. 1 preseason wide receiver prospect in his state by the New
Jersey Star-Ledger... caught six touchdown passes as a junior
while leading St. Joseph to a state title... also is a standout in
baseball and basketball... chose Louisville over Akron and Syracuse...
Played for Jason Hiser at Pleasure Ridge Park High School in Louisville...
rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com... played both
defensive end and defensive tackle on defense and played off ensive
tackle on the other side of the football... was a three-year
starter and team captain on the PRP squad... team fell in the
fi rst round of the playoff s in 2009... can play defensive tackle
or end at the college level... been timed at 4.95 in the 40-yard
dash... selected as PRP's Most Valuable Player in 2009... named
the team's Best Off ensive Lineman in 2009 and the squad's top
Defensive Lineman in 2008... two-star prospect by Scout.com
and the 10th-best prospect in the state of Kentucky... physical
tools to be a good prospect on either side of the ball at the
next level... recorded 65 tackles and a remarkable 16 sacks as a
senior, including 30 solo tackles... registered 50 tackles and 16
sacks during his junior season... guided PRP to the state semifi
nals in 2008... two-time All-District selection... averaged 10.0
rebounds per game on the hardwood at PRP... chose Louisville
over Kentucky... born 9/5/1992.
One of the most complete wide receivers in this class... catches
the ball with his hands and runs great routes... played for William
Rolle at Northwestern High School... rated as four-star wide
receiver prospect... ranked as the 121st best player in the country
and the 13th-best wide receiver... rated as the 19th-best player
in the state of Florida... ranked 21st on the Rivals.com 250 list...
rated as the 30th-best player nationally by Scout.com... ranked
No. 99 in the Sentinel's Florida Top 100... is rated the No. 28 prospect
in Florida by SunStateFootball.com... chosen to play in the
Dade vs. Broward County All-Star Game... had seven touchdown
catches for 10-2 Northwestern as a senior... caught 30 passes for
533 yards and six touchdowns as junior... led his team to the 6-A
state title... chose Louisville over Florida International, Kansas,
Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Rutgers,
Central Florida and West Virginia... born 7/26/1992.
Considered one of the best pure big backs in the East... tremendous
North and South runner with deceptive speed... has the
ability to run through you or around you... played for Tony Karcich
at St. Joseph's Regional High School in Montvale, N.J... threestar
prospect by Scout.com... has a good combination of speed,
size and good hands... ranked as the 45th-best running back by
Scout.com and the 19th in the state... ranked as the 32nd-best
back by Rivals.com... rated as the sixth-best player in the state
of New Jersey... considered one of the top running backs on the
East Coast... signed with teammate Kai Dominguez... versatile
running back with 4.5 speed... can bench 315-pounds, squat 400
and claims a 36-inch vertical jump... propelled St. Joes Montvale
(NJ) to an 11-1 record and state championship victory over Immaculata
(NJ)... recorded fi ve 100-yard rushing games... rushed
16 times for 129 yards and one touchdown in a win over De-
Paul... was rewarded with 1st Team All- NNJIL honors... fi nished
his senior season with 950 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns...
also had four receiving touchdowns... power back who earned
711 yards and 10 touchdowns on a limited amount of carries as
a junior... chose Louisville over Syracuse Duke, ECU, and Central
Florida... born 5/7/1992.
Speedy back who played for one of the top high schools in the
state of Florida... played for William Rolle at Northwestern High
School... one of the fastest players in the entire state of Florida...
transferred to Northwestern from St. Thomas Aquinas... rated as
the 65th-best running back in the nation by Rivals.com and the
97th-best player in the state of Florida... ranked as the 250thbest
player in the country by Scout.com... ranked 97th on the
Rivals.com a two-star running back with 4.3 speed, rushed for
912 yards and 14 touchdowns in leading Miami Northwestern to
a 10-2 record... rushed 55 times for 555 yards and seven scores
as a junior... played behind a couple of Div 1 caliber juniors as a
sophomore and was moved to receiver as a junior to get more involved
in the off ense... recorded 31 carries for 350 yards and four
scores as a sophomore...returned fi ve kicks as a sophomore...won the National AAU event in the 100-meter run and 200-meter
run... chose Louisville over Michigan, Mississippi, Mississippi
State, Nebraska, North Carolina, West Virginia and Rutgers...
Played for Maurice Douglass at Trotwood-Madison High School
(same school as current U of L junior C.J. Peake)... versatile
player that can play multiple positions... committed to Louisville
under Steve Kragthorpe... rated as a three-star prospect by
Scout.com and the 199th cornerback nationally... tabbed as the
63rd top prospect in the entire state of Ohio... has good speed
and quickness on coverage, as well as good coverage skills on
special teams... team fi nished 9-4 his senior year, advancing
to the OHSAA Regional Finals... was a defensive back, running
back, and returner in high school... three-year starter at Trotwood-
Madison... played on the varsity as a true freshman...
was a two-time team captain... credited with 266 career tackles
and eight interceptions during his stellar career... registered
102 tackles and two interceptions as a senior... returned a punt
98 yards for a touchdown... recorded four rushing touchdowns
as a back-up running back... averaged 19.0 yards per carry...
selected fi rst-team All-GWOC Conference... named fi rst-team
All-Southwest District and fi rst-team All-Area... voted Honorable
Mention All-State... amassed 196 yards on 17 carries for
three touchdowns, including a 94-yard dash in a 39-15 victory
over Sidney... recorded 92 tackles and three interceptions as a
junior... returned a fumble 95 yards for a touchdown... earned
First Team All-GWOC North Honors as a junior... named fi rstteam
All-Southwest District... credited with 72 tackles and
three interceptions as a sophomore... member of 2009 OHSAA
State Champion 4 x 400-meter relay team, which also set a state
record with a time of 3:13.32... team won the Nike Outdoor National
Championship as a sophomore... broke the state record
in the 4x400-meters the last two years... chose Louisville over
Akron and Central Michigan... born 6/24/1991.
Athletic multi-positional player with documented sub 4.3
speed... played for Jon Starr at Chattoga High School... ranked
as a two-star prospect by Scout.com... rated as the 138th safety
nationally and the 99th-best prospect in the state of Georgia...
dynamic player who can play a number of diff erent positions...
scored 15 touchdowns and picked off three passes on defense...
ran the Wildcat at times on off ense... been clocked in the 40-
yard dash at 4.28... an explosive athlete... recorded an astounding
six return touchdowns in his senior season... tallied 918
yards rushing, 216 yards receiving and 12 TDs on off ense during
his senior season... also played linebacker on defense... named
fi rst-team All-Area on defense... selected fi rst team All-State
by the Associated Press as a return specialist... was voted an All-
State Honorable Mention by the Atlanta Journal Constitution...
won the state championship in the 100-meter run as a sophomore...
chose Louisville over Western Carolina... born 9/19/1991.
Speedy wide receiver who will brings big-play ability to the
class... has great explosivenes... played for Ty Scroggins at Central
High School in Louisville, Ky... three-star recruit by Rivals.
com, and ranked fi fth in the state... rated as a three-star wide
receiver by Scout.com and the 128th-best wide out nationally...
ranked as the eighth-best prospect in Kentucky... named thirdteam
All-State by the Courier-Journal... timed at 4.4 seconds in
the 40-yard dash at a camp... team fi nished 8-6 his senior year
and advanced to KHSAA Class 3A Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl
State Football Playoff s state semifi nal... caught 33 passes for
673 yards and six touchdowns... recorded 32 receptions for 764
yards and 11 touchdowns during his junior year... led the Central
team to the Class 3-A state title as a sophomore and junior...
recorded 120 yards receiving, including a 65-yard touchdown
reception to guide the Yellowjackets to a state title... ran a 10.6
100-,eter run chose Louisville over Indiana, Illinois and Western
Kentucky... born 10/19/1991.
Fast and rangy outside linebacker prospect with a great body
structure and athleticism needed to develop into a very disruptive
perimeter defender at the next level... one of the fastest and
most athletic linebackers in this class... an original Georgia committ...
played for Kelley William at Treasure Coast High School...
ranked as a three-star linebacker by Scout.com and the No. 53rd
outside linebacker nationally and 43rd nationally by Rivals.com..
rated as the 85th-best prospect in the state of Florida... rated
as the 18th-best prospect at the outside linebacker position by
ESPN.com... ranked as No. 12 on the Palm Beach Post Big Board
of Top 50 recruits... recorded 58 tackles and 12 tackles for loss as
a senior... named to the All-Area team... been clocked at 4.48 in
the 40-yard dash... chose Louisville over Kansas, LSU, Georgia,
Florida State and Purdue... born 5/26/1992.
Big-body who moves well for a 300-pounder... has great size and
has excellent upper-body strength... quick out of his stance and
mauls the opposition when locked into the frame of the defender
and runs legs on contact... played for Roland Houston at Jacksonville
High School in Jacksonville, Ala... could play both tackle
and guard... named Honorable Mention All-State... selected All-
Area and All-County... named Player of Week by Alabama A-10
radio station... earned the Scramble Award for the squad... twoyear
team captain... played both off ensive guard and defensive
tackle...rated as a two-star off ensive lineman by Rivals.com and
a two-star prospect by Scout.com... ranked as the 111th-best
off ensive by ESPN.com... played defensive end before moving
to the off ensive side of the football... was a three-year starting
pitcher on the baseball team... chose Louisville over UAB and
Central Florida... born 3/17/1992.
Exciting dual-threat quarterback who can also play a number
of diff erent positions... played for Jeff Battles at Hardaway High
School in Columbis, Ga... rated as a three-star quarterback by
Rivals.com and a two-star prospect by Scout.com... ranked
as the 37th-best athlete by ESPN.com... rated as the 98th
quarterback nationally and the No. 84 prospect in the state of
Georgia... selected to the 2009 AAAA All-Region second-team
as a quarterback... voted the team's Co-Off ensive Player of the
Year as a senior... passed for more than 1,800 yards and 14
touchdowns for Hardaway last season, while adding 227 yards
and four touchdowns rushing... been measured with a vertical
leap of 35-inches...ranked No. 83 in Georgia by Rivals.com and
given a 5.6 rating on their scale... chose Louisville over Florida,
Georgia, Middle Tennessee, Tennessee and South Florida... born