Anvoots shows leadership for Strong's class

If there was a Mr. Louisville award for Charlie Strong's 2012 recruiting class it would go to Sid Anvoots. A promising 6'4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Indianapolis, IN., Anvoots might not be the most decorated member of Louisville's nationally-ranked recruiting class, but no one has exemplified more Cardinal spirit than the three-star prospect.

If there was a Mr. Louisville award for Charlie Strong's 2012 recruiting class it would go to Sid Anvoots.

Anvoots, a promising 6'4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Indianapolis, IN., might not be the most decorated member of Louisville's nationally-ranked recruiting class, but no one has exemplified more Cardinal spirit than the three-star prospect.

The first player to commit to Charlie Strong last spring, Anvoots hasn't just stayed solid with his commitment to Louisville. Instead, Anvoots has gone above and beyond the call of duty, leading the way in building chemistry with several of his future classmates, while at the same time working to convince others, like Cincinnati offensive lineman T.C. Klusman, to join him at UofL.

Last weekend, Anvoots made his official visit with 13 of his future teammates, including fellow offensive linemen Joe Manley, DeAndre Herron and Klusman, and said after the trip that he can't wait to join Strong's ascending program this summer.

"The visit made me feel like I want to get down there faster," Anvoots said. "It was great. The linemen, we would always go down to the games at the same time with each other and we get on X-box and play together. I went down to Joe Manley's state title game a couple months ago and we've all been keeping in touch."

Perhaps the biggest highlight for Anvoots last weekend was getting to know future UofL quarterback Will Gardner.

"It was nice to finally meet Will Gardner," said Anvoots. "I haven't talked to the kid in a while and we got to know each other and hung out. It's nice to have that bond already and not be down there yet."

Anvoots, rated the No. 53 offensive guard nationally, earned first team Class-3A all-state honors from the Associated Press, leading Bishop Chatard to the state championship.

"This class, our defense is going to be a powerhouse next year," Anvoots said. "Our offensive line is pretty much set from having depth at least three people deep at each position. It's hard telling how the team is going to be next year because we haven't started working together yet, but we'll know when we get down there in May and June and start working out."

Anvoots was the first prospect to commit to Louisville this year and he might be the first to sign with the Cardinals on National Signing Day.

"I'm going to wake up at 7 o'clock in the morning, sign the papers and my dad is going to fax them in from work," Anvoots said.


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