Jacksonville, Fla. defensive end Marquis Haynes became Louisville's ninth 2013 commitment when he chose the Cards over West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, USF and Minnesota. Haynes' addition late last week further solidified Louisville's recruiting class atop the Big East standings.
The Cardinals, with 760 total points in Scout.com rankings, have more than doubled second place Pittsburgh (349). Louisville is the only Big East program with four-star commitments - the Cardinals have two - and is tied with the Panthers for the most three-star commits with four each.
With four offensive and five defensive commitments, Charlie Strong is strengthening both sides of the ball with this year's recruiting class. InsideTheVille.com takes a closer look at the Cardinals current haul heading into the summer:
He's succeeding. Bolin, the No. 16 quarterback prospect in the nation, is one of the state's top players. He's also been an extremely valuable recruiter for the Cardinals who has been trying to convince Strong's top targets to join him at Louisville.
White, the No. 14 corner prospect in the nation, is one of the elite prospects in the state and was a key member of Trinity's state and national championship team last season. Perhaps more importantly, White is a teammate of five-star wide receiver James Quick and four-star defensive end Jason Hatcher, two of Strong's top remaining targets. Could White's presence help the Cards land commitments from Quick and Hatcher? Strong hopes that will be the case.
Under The Radar
Haynes, a promising defensive lineman, was a first team Florida Class 2A All-State pick as a junior, recording 21 sacks. A 6'3, 220 pound athlete, Haynes, who also excels as a basketball player, possesses the speed (4.6), athleticism (did you see his Youtube dunk?) and frame to become an effective edge rusher for the Cardinals.
Johnson, a 6'6, 280 pound offensive lineman, has all the intangibles to become an outstanding left tackle in college. Though FIU is his only other offer, Johnson's length, quick feet and athleticism, combined with his physical style and finishing blocks made him an appealing target for Louisville.
Ross, a versatile safety who has Big East and ACC scholarship offers, flew under the radar before committing to Louisville because he missed several games as a junior with an injury and plays for a small school that doesn't get a lot of publicity. Still, Ross, thanks his his highlight tape, generated enough buzz this spring to be rated one of the Top 100 players in Florida by one major recruiting service. Louisville is intrigued with his speed, versatility and athleticism.
Charlie Strong has overhauled Louisville's roster with talent from Florida. He's adding more Sunshine state standouts this year.
Four of UofL's 2013 commitments - Haynes, Johnson, Ross and Orange Park safety Donel Elam - are Florida natives.
Elam, a former teammate of Louisville juniors Gerald Christian and Robert Clark, is the nephew of Dallas Cowboys member Abram Elam. A ball hawk, Louisville recruited Elam as a safety with playmaking skills.
Expect more stars from the Sunshine state to round out Louisville's 2013 recruiting haul.