Wednesday, February 4, 2009

National Signing Day Complete

This from the Athletic Dept.:

Louisville Signs Class of 23

Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville football program hassigned
23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2009season, head coach
Steve Kragthorpe announced Wednesday, the first dayof the national signing
period. He also released the four newcomers whoenrolled in school back in

The 2009 class consists of players from eight different
states,including seven from the state of Florida and six from California.
TheCardinals also gained commitments from Texas, Maryland, Kentucky,Virginia,
Georgia and Mississippi.

Facing a need to add depth on the defensive side of the football,
theCardinals went out and signed 15 players on defense, including sixdefensive
backs , two linebackers, five defensive linemen, and twoplayers who are listed
as athletes. Louisville shored up the defensiveline by signing three
junior-college standouts in Joseph Townsend (SanJose, Calif.), Tim High
(Compton, Calif.) and Malcolm Tatum (Perkinston,Miss.)

Townsend and Tatum are both enrolled in class and going through
theCardinals* winter workout program. High is another talented JUCOplayer from
El Camino who also played one season at UNLV. The Cardinalsalso landed talented
defensive linemen in Roy Philon (Lexington, Ky.)and Malcolm Mitchell (Stone
Mountain, Ga.)

The Cardinals landed some talented players in the secondary in ChampLee
(Lakeland, Fla.), Preston Pace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Titus Teague(Pomana,
Calif.), Shenard Holton (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Zed Evans(Seagoville,

Horace Miller (Baltimore, Md.) and Mike Privott (Norfolk, Va.) are
twooutstanding linebacker prospects who have excellent credentials.
Millerrecorded a school record 29 sacks a year ago, while Privott recorded
132tackles at Lake Taylor High School.

Twins Issac Geffrad (Oakland Park, Fla.) and Jacob Geffrad
(OaklandPark, Fla.) are listed as athletes, but will likely help out in
thesecondary or at linebacker.

Offensively, the Cardinals landed one of the nation*s topjunior-college
quarterbacks in Adam Froman (Santa Rosa, Calif.). A firstteam All-American,
Froman threw for 3,876 yards and 40 touchdowns lastseason. Froman is on campus
and working out with the team.

The Cardinals landed a pair of high school running backs in JeremyWright
(Clermont, Fla.) and Boogie McCray (Norfolk, Va.). Wright wasthe leading
rusher in Florida and rushed for 4,133 yards and 43touchdowns in his career.
McCray totaled 1,627 yards and 18 touchdowns ayear ago at Lake Taylor High

At the wide receiver spot, Kragthorpe and staff added three
talentednewcomers in Damian Copeland (Bradenton, Fla.), Sean Farr
(Baltimore,Md.) and Andrell Smith (Miami, Fla.). Copeland caught 52 passes
for 718yards as a senior, while Farr led Dunbar to its third state title in arow
after recording a 1,000-yard receiving campaign. Smith enrolled inJanuary after
a standout career at Palmetto High School.

The Cardinals landed a pair of talented offensive linemen in JoeEvinger
(Brazil, Ind.) and Hunter Stout (Tampa, Fla.) Evinger was ajunior-college
All-American at the College of the Canyons, while Stoutwas a two-year starter at
the Wharton School.

National Signing Day is in the books people. You can get back to work now.

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