Summers Over

As the summer off season comes to an end, Louisville's commitments are beginning preparations for their senior seasons. Cardinal Authority checked in with a few and has this report.

As the start of the college football season nears, anticipation for fourth year head coach Charlie Strong's latest team grows on a daily basis. Ranked 9th in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll and heavy favorites to win the American Conference, the University of Louisville will open practice on Tuesday evening.

Louisville's commitments are also preparing to begin preseason camp. They have spent their off season focused on the senior seasons, lifting weights, speed training and staying in touch with the Cardinal coaching staff.

"My summer has been great!," reports Jacksonville, Fla., Trinity Christian wide receiver Isaiah Ford.

Ford visited Louisville in June and plans to also walk-on the basketball team. "I Haven't decided when I'll be back, but I contact coach Dugan's the most. I'm 6-foot-3, 178-pounds. My relationship with the coaches is great. I'm working out and lifting."

Miami (Fla.) Champagnat Catholic safety Hialeah Michael Johnson pledged to Louisville in early March and has remained firm with his commitment throughout the summer.

"My summer has been great just working hard to get better and my weight is 185-pounds and I'm 6-foot-2," said Johnson, who remains in with Charlie Strong and defensive coordinator Vance Bedford. The 3-star prospect spent much of his summer playing with the Florida Fire in a few 7-on-7 tournaments and attending summer school. Johnson is excited his upcoming season and the "state championship run we are going to go on."

Jared McCray
One of Louisville's seven commitments from the Buckeye State, Minford, Ohio offensive lineman Jared McCray didn't attend any camps this summer, but has kept busy in the weight room.

"Summer has been great," McCray told Cardinal Authority, who measures in at 6-foot-5, 320-pounds. "I talk to coach Borbs and Restivo every so often. Lifting Monday through Thursday. Things are starting to pick up now since season is just around the corner."

Fort Worth (Tex.) All Saints' Daniel Gresham, who is rated as the nation's No.2 fullback, anticipates attending as many of the Cardinals game that he can and continues to recruit others to join him in the 2014 recruiting class.

"I plan on being [at] every home game," said the 5-foot-10, 228-pound Gresham. "Shariff Raheed is one of my main targets. I'm 100000000000% solid just to put that out there."

Expectations for the Cardinals is high. Entering the season with its highest preseason ranking, an undefeated season and a second consecutive trip to a BCS Bowl is within the realm of possibility.

"I expect them to go undefeated," said Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Cardinal Gibbons wide receiver George Rushing.

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