Snell finds 'great fit' at L'ville

Brandon Snell, one of the top playmakers in South Florida, made a decision about his future Thursday, verbally committing to Charlie Strong's Louisville Cardinals.

Clint Hurtt struck big in Florida on Thursday, landing commitments from Miami Norland WR Brandon Snell and defensive tackle Teko Powell.

Hurtt, the National Recruiter of the Year in 2011, is off to a great start in south Florida in 2012. Snell, considered one of the Top 20 players in Miami-Dade and the cousin of Louisville freshman quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, is one of the top playmakers in Dade County.

"I made the decision to commit to the University of Louisville," Snell told "Today, Coach Clint Hurtt came to my school...and it sounds like Louisville fits me best."

After securing a winning record last season with a win over Southern Miss in the Beef O'Brady's Bowl Game, Snell believes Charlie Strong's program is heading the right direction.

"I think Louisville is going straight up. The only thing they can do is get better. They are building the program from the ground up and it's going good so far," Snell said.

Louisville has been in great position with Snell since extending a scholarship offer earlier this spring, and the fact that Snell will be a teammate of Bridgewater, a former Miami Northwestern standout, at UL essentially helped seal the deal for the Cardinals.

"I always wanted to be my cousin's teammate because we've never been able to play with each other," Snell said. "Having him on my team is like a dream come true. I will have an opportunity to play early," Snell said. "The program there is good and they run a spread-offense. I'm a game changer. You can put me anywhere on the field and I can make a play."

Snell, who had offers from Rutgers, Vanderbilt, Western Michigan and Bowling Green, says he's looking forward to visiting Louisville.

"I probably will go on an official visit for one of the first two games. I might go up there this summer with Teddy's mom and see what it's like. Right now, to me, I know where I want to be. I'll probably talk to other schools, but Louisville is where I want to be right now."

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