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It took no time after Jonathan Huffman returned from his visit. The Central Park Christian (Ala.) 6-10 senior pulled the trigger less than 24 hours after arriving home.

Jonathan Huffman wasted little time after returning from Louisville.

The 6-10, 210-pound senior forward from Central Park Christian (Ala.) committed to Rick Pitino and the Cardinals shortly after returning home from his visit.

``I called Coach Pitino a little while ago and committed to Louisville tonight," Huffman said Sunday night. "I think Louisville is the best for me out of all the other schools I considered. I like their style of play and I think Coach Pitino will really help me develop my skills."

"I'm excited and relieved to finally have made my decision," Huffman added. "Coach Pitino thought I was just calling and he sounded kind of shocked when I told him I was coming. He said he was glad about my decision and that he'll sleep a lot better tonight.

Huffman, a tough matchup because of his size and ability to step out and knock down shots from the perimeter, also considered Florida State, Miami, Minnesota and UAB.

Huffman is the sixth recruit to commit to Louisville in the Class of 2005. He joins big men Clarence Holloway and Amir Johnson, forward Lamar Roberson and guards Terrence Williams and Andre McGee.

Huffman, who will need to increase his toughness, was looking for somewhere that could help develop his skills and also a place where he could step in and play. There's no question that he'll get better at Louisville; however, playing time will be at a premium, especially with the talent Pitino is bringing to the program in the Class of 2005.

"I'm looking for a school I can come in and play early," Huffman explained. "I also want to find a good coach that can help me improve my weaknesses who also has a good conditioning and training program that can help me get stronger." "I feel pretty good about Louisville and I think I can come in and help make the team better," Huffman continued.

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