Thursday night, Strong will begin his second season as the Louisville coach against in-state FCS foe Murray State.
Strong, though, received good recruiting news hours before kick-off as Patrick Jean, an athletic 6'3, 200-pound linebacker from Port Saint Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast, verbally committed to the UofL coaching staff during a phone call Thursday morning.
Jean, who chose Louisville over Cincinnati, Kansas, Purdue, Rutgers and South Florida, represents a significant addition to the Cardinals recruiting class.
Earlier this month, Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford told InsideTheVille.com that the linebacker position was a top priority for Strong's program in the Class of 2012, noting that the Cardinals hoped to add four linebackers to the team for next year.
Jean, who became Louisville's second 2012 linebacker commitment, joining Daqual Randall, another Florida standout, gets the Cardinals halfway toward their recruiting goal several months before national signing day.
Jean, rated the No. 71 prospect in Florida by SunStatePreps.com, is the third prospect from Treasure Coast to choose Louisville, joining sophomore linebacker Deon Rogers and freshman lineman Mike Romano.
"Jean is a lanky [outside linebacker] that has great speed and mobility," said Geoff Vogt of SunStatePreps.com. "He has started to fill out and his best days are still a few years out. [Jean] has good coverage skills and the length to match-up with tight ends."
Stay tuned for more on Louisville's latest commitment.