Florida DB Shaq Jones commits to Louisville

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino has landed the first commitment since taking the job. Merritt Island, Fla., defensive back Shaq Jones committed to the Cardinals on Wednesday evening. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Merritt Island, Fla., defensive back Shaquille Jones became the first commitment of the Bobby Petrino-era at the University of Louisville.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Jones, who had been committed to South Alabama, made a commitment to Petrino on Wednesday night.

"It's a blessing," Jones told Cardinal Authority. "The way coach (Terrell) Buckley introduced me to the program, I just loved it. I loved everything about it."

Jones said Buckley, a former Florida State standout and NFL star, was excited when he told him he committed. He said he was going to chat with Petrino tomorrow and will make his official visit this weekend.

"Coach Buckley was telling me how good the criminal justice program was there, and that's what I want to major in," Jones said. "I just felt like it was the right place for me and I want to play for coach Buckley."

Jones had two interceptions as a senior and six for his career at Merritt Island Senior. He helped his team to an 11-1 record before losing in the quarterfinals of the Class 5-A state playoffs in the Sunshine State.

Jones runs a 4.45 40-yard dash, has a 37-inhc vertical and squats 315 pounds.

Here are some highlights from PrepForce.com.

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