Louisville football signing day notebook

College football national signing day has come and gone and the University of Louisville signed a class of 17 players, including one transfer. Cardinal Authority has a notebook full of items from the day's festivities, including Charlie Strong talking about how many scholarships are left and possible early playing time.


The University of Louisville football program signed 16 players during Wednesday's national signing day and head coach Charlie Strong said the Cardinals' may not be finished adding to the class.

U of L has at least one more available scholarship and the number could be two for a late addition into the signing class.

Strong said there's no main targets but "it's never finished."

"You always like to hold a scholarship in case one comes along," he said. "And if I don't give it too somebody then we'll hold onto it for a walk-on (next season)."

Strong said he was "very please" with the results from the staff despite having to work with a class that was small in numbers.

Our numbers were limited," Strong said. "If we would have had 25 spots, we would have probably gone and gotten 25 guys. You just have to work with the number that you have. I feel good about the guys we have."


In his first three seasons, U of L coach Charlie Strong has played a lot of true freshmen in game situations, including early on in the season.

But with so much young depth on the team this past season, Strong said it was "really hard to say" how many guys would play as freshmen next season.

Defensive end Finesse Middleton is already enrolled and will go through spring practice, so he will have a jump on some other players. Strong said there are several other defensive guys and wide receiver James Quick who could see action.

"They will be given every opportunity too play," Strong said. "We'll be able to see them (in practice). But I always tell our guys we have here already that if you let (a freshman) play then you are not doing your job."


Strong said he has been impressed with Lexington Catholic quarterback Kyle Bolin, who was the first commitment in the class back in September of 2011.

"He has leadership qualities and that's what you expect from that quarterback position," Strong said. "You expect someone who is a leader and that's what he does. And if you look at it, and what he was able to do for us, he called a number of recruits and he became our lead guy during the recruiting.

"Guys would say all the time, ‘I talked to Kyle Bolin coach and he told me to give you a call.' I was talking to guys I didn't even know who they were."

Bolin spent the past year or so encouraging other players through text and Twitter to join him in the recruiting class.

The All-State quarterback had his senior season ended early because of a knee injury but Strong said he Bolin will be fine.


The addition of Indianapolis Southport offensive lineman Skylar Lacy makes the U of L roster have two scholarship players from the Hoosier State. Sid Anvoots signed last winter and was a redshirt this past season.

The 6-foot-6, 290-pound Lacy hopes the signing of two Indianapolis standouts two years in a row is the "start of an Indianapolis pipeline for Louisville."

Lacy said he has been talking the program up to other players in the area and has suggested a few players to look at in the coming years to the staff.

The Cardinals are already after at least two big-time prospects in the Class of 2014 from the area, including Indianapolis Pike wide receiver Dominique Booth and Indianapolis Lawrence Central linebacker Brandon Lee.

"It would be cool to get more from up here," Lacy said. "I'll admit I wasn't sure at first, I thought Louisville was too far from home. But then I realized it's only two hours and it's an easy trip. It's a great program and it's right there."


Loxahatchee, Fla., Seminole Ridge defensive tackle Kyle Shortridge could end up being one of the top prospects in the class for U of L.

Shortridge is ranked as the No. 81 defensive tackle in the country but Seminole Ridge defensive coordinator Justin Hilliker said he "is going to be a good one."

"There's no doubt in my mind that he understands he's not going to go in there and start," Hilliker said. "But that if goes in there and puts in his work that he could earn some playing time this year. He has the ability to do it."

Hilliker said Shortridge was 290 pounds before the season but then got into playing shape and played at 6-foot-3, 280 pounds.

"He's a kid who went from 250 or 255 as a junior to 280 as a senior," Hilliker said. "He has a frame to put some more weight on."

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