Signing Day Quotable: Coaches Speak

Here are quotes from the high school coaches of the members of the University of Louisville's Class of 2013 football recruiting class discussing the prospects:

Kyle Bolin

Bill Letton, Lexington Catholic head coach: "You take the physical skills he has and combine with it his competitiveness and his desire to make big plays could end up with a really special one."

Chandler Bridges

Chris Griffin, Flowery Branch (Ga.) head coach: "Chandler is a four-year starter, has great size and is very strong. He is also a great student with a 3.5 GPA. He's coming to Louisville as a guy who loves to work and is very teachable. I think he will contribute very early, depending on their needs at O-Line."

Donel Elam

Frank Hall, Orange Park (Fla.) Fleming Island head coach: "He's extremely dynamic, explosive, great athlete in space. He's just a very, very good football player. We are excited, he spent three years with us and has a chance to be a pretty special player in college. He's been offered by quite a few schools and had an opportunity to go to play at pretty good places but really liked Louisville. I think some of the SEC schools may have missed out on him."

Cameron Fraser

Woodrow Lowe, Phenix City (Ala.) Central head coach: "He's a good run blocker. The thing that surprised me is when he played in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game, he really rose to level of the competition. But with Cameron it's all about development. He's played two years and his best times are still to come."

Keith Kelsey

James Thomson, Gainesville (Fla.) head coach: "Louisville got a real diamond in the rough. He's a blue-collar linebacker and he's a player. A lot of times the scouts get caught up in measureable stuff; he's a player. We won 14 games and made it to the championship game, our team did great because of the player that he is. You see all these five-star guys but their team went 3-7. He's a player and his team wins, I think that says a lot."

Skylar Lacy

Bill Peebles, Indianapolis (Ind.) Southport head coach: "If Skylar continues to grow and mature like he has over the last couple years, he has a chance to be an elite player at the next level. His ability to move at his size reminds me a lot of Jeremy Trueblood (Boston College and Tampa Bay Buccaneers), who I had the opportunity to coach in high school. Louisville is getting a young man with tremendous upside and potential."

James Quick

Bob Beatty, Trinity head coach: "You have to look at the total picture to realize how special he really is because of what does in basketball and also in track. Imagine what he would be like in any one of those three sports, if that was all he focused on. Not many kids do multiple sports anymore and I sure relish that he not only does it, but also does it so well. For him to do it what does football and basketball and track just tells truly what a special athlete he really is."

De'Asian Richardson

Marty Lee, Orange Park (Fla.) First Coast head coach: "He's excited about it. He's a great kid, a big kid and he can move. I told (Clint) Hurtt and those guys that Louisville maybe getting the steal of Jacksonville. I think he's really going to be a good player for them."

Terrence Ross

Ty Parker, former Apopka (Fla.) Wekiva head coach: "When you see him, his physical presence is very impressive for a secondary kid. He's 6-3 and close to 190 and maybe now 200 pounds and is just a very fast kid. He's a kid that really does have Sunday potential. He will go there to Louisville, learn the system, let Charlie show him the ropes and I see no reason he won't be successful. You don't run across a kid like Terrence too often."

Kyle Shortridge

Justin Hilliker, Loxahatchee (Fla.) Seminole Ridge defensive coordinator: "He's a kid who is athletic, he's 280 pounds and has good feet and is an ultra-competitive type kid. He's the type of kid that will chase the ball 30 yards down the field. I think he could earn some time (as a freshman). He understands being from a program like this that you have to earn the time."

Keith Towbridge

Greg Dempsey, Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic head coach: "(As a junior), schools were recruiting him because of his potential. They saw his size and athletic ability and knew that he could become something. (As a senior), he took his game to another level. He's not just potential anymore. He's a player that opponents have to game plan and prepare for. He's a physical receiver and blocker."

Chucky Williams

Mike Tunsil, Hialeah (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic School head coach: "He has such a huge upside because he's so young. He won't turn 17 until March. His best ball is in front of him. He's a playmaker, can play both sides of the ball and return kicks. He will get bigger and stronger."


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