Quentin Snider signs with Louisville

In perhaps the biggest recruiting shocker of the early signing period, Ballard High School point guard Quentin Snider has signed a national letter-of-intent with the University of Louisville. Snider backed off his commitment with U of L in July and then committed to Illinois before changing his mind this week. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the monster news for the Cardinals.

Quentin Snider is staying home after all.

The Ballard High School point guard had been committed to the University of Louisville for two years before backing off that decision in July.

The 6-foot-2 Snider then committed to Illinois but in the recent weeks had been contemplating making another change. Now, Cardinal Authority and Scout.com have confirmed through sources that Snider has signed with Louisville.

Snider is expected to sign his national letter-of-intent with the Cardinals on Friday, giving the Cardinals a four-man class that will likely be ranked in the top five of the Scout.com national rankings.

Snider is ranked as the No. 32 prospect in the Class of 2014 by Scout.com and is listed as the seventh-best point guard in the class.

A lifelong U of L fan in a family where his mother and father are also big Louisville fans, Snider was all red and black for several years.

Snider committed to U of L just days after U of L coach Rick Pitino offered him a scholarship in August of his sophomore year of high school. He helped Ballard to a No. 1 ranking as a sophomore but the Bruins fell then to eventual state champion Trinity in the Seventh Region Tournament.

As a junior, Snider was named Seventh Region Player of the Year after averaging 19.7 points, 4.9 assists and 3.3 rebounds while playing just over 25 minutes a game. He shot 40.2 percent from the field.

Snider helped Ballard to the Seventh Region title and the Bruins eventually lost in the Sweet 16 championship game to Madison Central.

Snider stayed committed to U of L throughout the spring and summer with Pitino and his staff checking up on him during the recruiting periods.

And then just after the final recruiting period of the summer, Snider opted to re-opened his recruiting process with his father telling Cardinal Authority that it "was a tough decision but he felt it was best for him."

The Snider's said the log jam of guards at U of L was the main reason with his father, Scott, saying he "hopes Louisville will still recruit him. Everybody still wants him to go to Louisville, he just wants to make sure it's the best fit." At the time, U of L also had Evansville guard JaQuan Lyle, who has since de-committed, committed to sign with the Class of 2014.

Within hours of making the decision, the Snider's were bombarded with calls from coaches all over the country. He had numerous scholarship offers within the first 24 hours of his de-commitment and a dozen before it was all over.

Snider then narrowed his list to Illinois and UCLA, opting for the Illini.

After his de-commitment from U of L, the word was Pitino and his staff wouldn't recruit Snider anymore. But recently the family made contact with the staff and set the ball in motion for the latest decision.

Snider is not expected to announce any kind of decision before U of L releases its recruiting class once all the paperwork is complete.

Snider's re-commitment pushes the U of L class currently into the top five of the country. He joins Seattle forward Shaqquan Aaron, Ypsilanti, Mich., forward Jaylen Johnson and Upper Marlboro, Md., center Chinanu Onuaku in the '14 class for U of L.

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