U of L football recruits 'jump on the train'

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and his staff have been on a recruiting roll in recent days. The Cardinals have added five new commitments, bringing the total number of commitments in the Class of 2014 to seven. Cardinal Authority talked more in-depth with the two latest commitments:

Lake Worth, Fla., Park Vista safety Marques Gayot hadn't been committed for more than an hour to the University of Louisville on Tuesday.

But Gayot was already recruiting for the Cardinals.

Gayot said he had been texting with several other commitments and wanted to "spread the word," about the Sugar Bowl champion Cardinals.

"I can't wait to jump on the train," Gayot said. "Big things are happening at Louisville and I am glad to be part of it. I've talked to (Micky) Crum who just committed and he's very excited also.

"I'm just going to be telling guys who get (Louisville) offers they need to come on with us because we are going big."

A four-year starter at Park Vista, Gayot had eight interceptions as a freshman, three during his sophomore season and after adding 15 pounds and two inches, he had two as a junior. He was a first-team Class 8-A All-State player as a junior.

Gayot called himself a "very dynamic player," on the field.

"The whole city of Louisville all hype and a lot of swag," Gayot said. "I am ready to bring some more of that to the field. It's just something about Louisville that got my attention. They beat Florida and that caught my eye.

"They're just a program on the right path."

Jacksonville, Fla., Trinity Christian offensive lineman Kavaris Harkless was the other commitment on Tuesday and said he's "just got a feeling about Louisville."

The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Harkless is the lone lineman in the class so far.

"I really felt like the coaches were being real with me and not just saying things," Harkless said. "We're going to have a great recruiting class and I am excited."

Harkless said he ended his sophomore season at 230 pounds and "my coaches told me I had to put weight on." He played as a junior around 255 pounds and is now at 275 noting, "I still can put on some more weight."

"I was under the radar a bit because coaches said I didn't have enough weight," Harkless said. "I just want to keep working hard."

Tucker, Ga., linebacker Detric Dukes, Tallahassee, Fla., Lincoln linebacker Jeffrey Williams and Crum – a tight end from Columbus, Ohio – were the other three recent commitments for the Cardinals.


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