JUCO OL Kelby Johnson commits to U of L

ASA College All-Conference offensive lineman Kelby Johnson, a former Virginia Cavalier, committed to Louisville during his official visit this weekend. Cardinal Authority spoke with the 6-foot-9, 310-pound tackle moments before he boarded his flight home on Sunday.

Bobby Petrino has picked up his second verbal commitment since his return as head coach at the University of Louisville.

ASA College offensive lineman Kelby Johnson committed to Louisville during his official visit this weekend.

"I ended up committing," he told Cardinal Authority. "It feels good. I knew during the visit that this is a place that is going in the right direction and that it was something that I wanted to be a part of."

The 6-foot-9, 310-pound JC All-Conference selection also visited Kansas and South Florida. Connecticut, East Carolina, Kentucky and Ole Miss were also considered.

"These visits weren't a vacation for me," Johnson explained. "They were business trips for me. Louisville had everything that I was looking for. They are a lot of great things happening there and I was to be a part of a place that is winning games and championships."

Johnson spent two seasons at Virginia, including a few starts at tackle as a true freshman, before transferring to ASA.

"I know I can compete for a starting spot no matter where I go though," Johnson told Scout.com last week. "I can play at that level. I played as a true freshman in the ACC and held my own."

His decision was welcome news for the the Cardinals coaching staff.

"They welcomed me," Johnson said. "Coach K was very ecstatic, but he's that kind of guy. The offensive line coach told Petrino, who said that it made his day."

Johnson has two seasons of eligibility remaining.

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