Jean brings explosiveness to Louisville

Patrick Jean, an explosive linebacker, continues Charlie Strong's success at Port St. Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast. Treasure Coast coach Aaron Sheppard breaks down Louisville newest commitment for

Louisville coach Charlie Strong has enjoyed recruiting success in Port Saint Lucie, Florida, particularly at Treasure Coast High School.

Two years ago, Strong convinced talented Treasure Coast linebacker Deon Rogers, originally a Georgia commit, to sign with the Cardinals. Last year, Strong landed Treasure Coast offensive lineman Mike Romano, who is now a freshman at Louisville.

Thursday, Strong continued the Treasure Coast streak, securing a commitment from Patrick Jean, a talented 6'3, 210-pound linebacker.

"He really liked Louisville so he just wanted to go ahead and commit to the program," Treasure Coast coach Aaron Sheppard told "Coach Strong wowed him when he first met him and he's always wanted to be a member of his program."

Jean, who has attended Strong's football camp at Louisville, is a promising sideline-to-sideline playmaker with impressive athleticism and reach. He projects as an outside linebacker with a mean-streak in college for the Cardinals.

"They want him to play linebacker," said Sheppard. "Last week, he had 21 tackles in our kickoff classic game. He's everywhere. He makes a lot of plays. He's a really good player."

Jean had several BCS offers, including from Big East programs Cincinnati, Rutgers and South Florida.

"Coaches like his explosiveness and speed. He's really long. He's got arms that hang all the way down to his knees," Sheppard said. "He's 6'3, almost 6'4, about 210 pounds. He's just a big kid. He just needs to put on some weight and they'll teach him everything he needs to know."

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