Holliman Picks Louisville

Charlie Strong is cleaning up in Miami. Louisville already had commitments from Dade County stars Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, Charles Gaines, John Miller and Jermaine Reve. Saturday, the Cardinals added four-star Miami (FL) Southridge safety Gerod Holliman, who announced his decision on national television at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Charlie Strong is cleaning up in Miami.

The Louisville coach already landed a pair of commitments from Miami Central standouts Charles Gaines and John Miller.

The Cardinals also have commitments from Miami Northwestern stars Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rogers, and just landed a third prospect – Jermaine Reve – from the south Florida power.

Now, Strong can add Miami Southridge four-star safety Gerod Holliman to his program's list of 2011 commitments. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Holliman announced his decision on national television during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

Gerod Holliman announced his commitment to Louisville on national TV during Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
The addition of Holliman is a big deal for Strong, who is looking to sign the first Top 25 recruiting class in Louisville history. Holliman, Louisville's top-rated defensive recruit, is a big reason why this recruiting class might be Louisville's best ever.

Louisville's persistence paid off with Holliman. Holliman verbally committed to Ole Miss last summer, but the Cardinals never relented from his recruitment. Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt kept the Cardinals in the running all season, brought Holliman on campus for an official visit, and UofL quickly emerged as the favorite to land his commitment when he backed out of his commitment to the Rebels last month.

Holliman, the No. 12-rated safety prospect nationally by Scout.com, becomes the defensive headliner of Louisville's highly-regarded 2011 recruiting class. A U.S. Army All-American, Holliman chose UofL over Ole Miss, West Virginia, LSU and Miami.

"With ideal size to play either free or strong [safety], Holliman also has good instincts and he's around the ball a lot," said Scout.com Florida analyst Mike Bakas. "He's shown good hands and ball skills. He's very competitive, too. He's still a little raw in some of his coverage techniques but he has all the tools."

Holliman led talent-rich Dade County with 12 interceptions as a senior. He recorded 80 tackles, six sacks and four interceptions as a junior.

With Miami mired in a coaching change from Randy Shannon to Al Golden, Strong has taken advantage of the instability in south Florida. Though Holliman is the latest Miami prospect to pick Louisville, he likely won't be the last. The Cardinals are among the favorites to land Holliman's teammate Andrew Johnson, and Booker T. Washington defensive lineman Elkino Watson.

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