Sibiea commits to Louisville

Homestead (FL) defensive tackle Pedro Sibiea made an official visit to Louisville and committed to Charlie Strong before heading home to Florida. Sibiea spoke with about his decision.

Homestead (FL) defensive tackle Pedro Sibiea made an official visit to Louisville this weekend and committed to Charlie Strong before heading home to Florida.

"I started giving it some serious thought that this is where I wanted to be. I was hanging out with the players and watching the practices and I really started thinking about it," Sibiea said. "I think that Louisville is the best fit for me so I met up with the coaches today and went into Coach Strong's office and told him to put me down as a commit.

"I feel like being part of the program it's just the best part for me. They have a ton of South Florida players up there and it's already like a family and we all clicked well. His eyes lit up and he was so excited and then I told coach (Clint) Hurtt and he hugged me and said welcome to the family, they were all showing me a lot of love."

Pedro Sibiea chose Louisville over the weekend.
Sibiea, 6'3, 265, was hosted by freshman defensive lineman Jamaine Brooks, one of many players on Louisville's roster from south Florida.

"It was like home away from home," Sibiea said. "All of Florida is up there in Louisville. "I was born and bred in Florida, but so it won't be like going into uncharted territory and being an outsider. We've already got a family here, we just relocated from Florida to someplace else. That's how I see Louisville. I felt an instant connection. The players told me Louisville is a great environment. It's like a fraternity."

During his visit, Sibiea met with head coach Charlie Strong, who told him Louisville needs help at defensive tackle.

"Coach Strong told me he needed me in the program because he saw a lot of potential in me," Sibiea said. "He told me Louisville needed an inside guy to play the three-technique. He told me I fit the bill perfectly and the players said the same thing. They had 11 true freshmen as starters. If I come in with a good attitude and willing to work I should be out there next year."

Sibiea visited Louisville with teammates and Miami commitments James Burgess and Herb Waters and said he thought both prospects enjoyed Strong's program as much as he did.

"To me it looked like everybody enjoyed themselves," Sibiea said. "Everybody liked going out with the players and having a great time. Everybody just connected because we're all from south Florida."

Sibiea, who visited Cincinnati this fall, said he might take two official visits to Minnesota and FIU next month.

An athletic defensive tackle who runs a 4.8 forty yard dash, Sibiea is rated one of the Top 65 prospects in Florida by Sibiea is ranked the No. 144 defensive end nationally by

"(Sibiea is a) jumbo athlete with solid measurables. (He) figures to be a big DE or perhaps add enough weight to move inside," said Geoff Vogt of "He has terrific speed and quickness for his size (and) really shows some explosiveness out of his stance. (He's) raw on the field because of technique, but flashes big play potential."

Cardinal Authority Top Stories