Louisville football recruiting notebook

It's national signing week for college football programs. The University of Louisville will sign and announce a new class on Wednesday. Cardinal Authority will end each night this week with a signing week notebook full of goodies from the new prospects the Cardinals are expected to sign. Here's the first:

CARDS HAVE 16 COMMITS ON BOARD

With just over one day left until signing day, the University of Louisville football staff has 16 verbal commitments in the Class of 2013.

The Cardinals could add as many as two more prospects and still have a few players left on the board heading into the final hours.

Miami Southridge cornerback Lamar Robbins has committed to South Florida but recently told several media outlets he was "50-50" between signing with the Bulls or Louisville. The Cardinals are still actively recruiting Robbins.

Orlando linebacker Ro'derrick Hoskins has committed to Florida State but recently visited U of L and still hasn't confirmed where he'll be signing.

Miami linebacker Jermaine Grace will be picking from between his hometown Hurricanes and Louisville on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

U of L doesn't expect to add any more than 18 prospects.

QUICK SPARKS KICK RETURN UNIT

Trinity High School standout wide receiver James Quick joins the U of L program after being one of the state's all-time best players and as the highest-ranked football signee ever by the Cardinals.

Quick, who runs a 4.4 40-yard dash, is expected to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball as a freshman.

But Trinity coach Bob Beatty said there's another part of the game where Quick should have a major impact for the Cardinals.

"We gained a tremendous amount of field position because of (Quick's ability to return kicks)," Beatty said. "He's one of those guys that you hold your breath every time that he touches the ball.

"He's a weapon I would think they would use on special teams."

Quick said he has told the U of L coaches that he "would do whatever they want me to do," noting he enjoys kickoff returns.

As a senior, opponents only kicked to Quick eight times and he averaged 25.5 yards a return on those kicks. He averaged just under 30 yards a kickoff return during his four years with the Shamrocks.

A NEW SUIT FOR SHORTRIDGE

Loxahatchee, Fla., Seminole Ridge defensive tackle Kyle Shortridge went on a shopping spree on Monday in preparation for signing day.

The 6-foot-3, 275-pound Shortridge was out buying a new suit.

"It will have some red," Shortridge said.

The prospect added: "It's a big day. I have been waiting on this for a long time. I'm just glad that it's final here."

SIGNING DAY PARTY

Don't forget the Cardinal Authority Signing Day party will be held on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Buffalo Wild Wings in St. Matthews.

We'll have a highlight video of all the signees, bios on each player and a Q&A session. There will be raffles and other giveaways.

Former U of L players Alex Kupper and Nick Heuser are also expected to attend, along with several other special guests.


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