U of L football: Signing day notebook

The University of Louisville football team is expected to sign a full class of recruits on this National Signing Day. Cardinal Authority has a notebook of items from several of the U of L signees.


On the list of 21 prospects expected to be announced this afternoon by University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino will be Tyler Ferguson.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Ferguson is a former quarterback at Penn State who is transferring to Louisville. He will sit out the 2014 season and then has two years of eligibility remaining.

Ferguson was released from Penn State in December and made a visit to the U of L campus last weekend. He had previously been set to go to Western Kentucky before Petrino left for U of L.

Ferguson was Penn State's backup quarterback last season. He was a junior college transfer from Visalia, Calif., College of the Sequoias.

As a sophomore, Ferguson played in five games for Penn State and completed 10 of 15 passes for 155 yards and one touchdown.

A native of Bakersfield, Calif., Ferguson threw for 2,614 yards and 22 touchdowns in his lone season at College of the Sequoias.


One of 12 prospects who signed with U of L after committing during the Charlie Strong-era, South Carolina athlete Zykiesis Cannon is a major sleeper.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Cannon is a prospect who had a big-time junior season for Carolina Academy, which struggled to a 4-7 mark this past season.

As a junior, Cannon caught 52 passes for 1,084 yards and 17 touchdowns and made 108 tackles with eight interceptions on defense. He also ran for 133 yards and two touchdowns on offense.

Cannon played all over the field as a senior and finished with 850 all-purpose yards – including 97 yards passing – 91 tackles and two interceptions.


Powder Springs, Ga., McEachern linebacker Henry Famurewa is one of 12 prospects committed from the Charlie Strong-era that are expected to sign with the University of Louisville on National Signing Day.

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Famurewa said he had "plenty of other options," but he's glad he stayed with the Cardinals. He signed his letter-of-intent today.

"I am really, really glad," Famurewa said. "One of the things that kept me to stay with Louisville was who they got (as the coach).

"I had a great relationship with coach Strong and the staff. They brought me in to Louisville. I feel like this is the place I need to be and should be."

Famurewa, a three-star prospect, said he "loves" new U of L coach Bobby Petrino and the staff he has assembled for the Cardinals.

"They are great people and great coaches," he said. "They want it just as bad as we do, even more. They are national championship-type coaches."

As a senior, Famurewa was among the state leaders and a county-best 16 sacks. A First Team All-State selection, he recorded 117 total tackles in 2013.

Washington READY FOR Miami

Miami Killian cornerback Trumaine Washington, who committed to the Cardinals on Sunday, said one of the first things he thought of when he told the coaches as the opener next season for the Cardinals.

"Yes, I can't wait," Washington said of the game against Miami. "They are right in my back yard but they never recruited me, so I can't wait."

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Washington played against some of the top competition in South Florida this season and said he's ready for the ACC.

"I've been under the radar all of my life," he said. "People have always overlooked me because of my size. But I did pretty good, playing a top receiver every week this season. I shut them all down.

"I can't wait to show what I can do."

Washington had four interceptions as a senior and nine for his career, while also returning two punts for touchdowns this past season.


U of L already has three members of this class enrolled in classes and going through winter workouts with the team.

Fishers, Ind., Hamilton Southeastern wide receiver Cameron Polk, Marion, Ohio, running back L.J. Scott and Iowa Western defensive end Trevon Young are guys who have already enrolled with the Cardinals.

All three will be able to participate in spring practice.


Vero Beach, Fla., wide receiver Javonte Bagley, who committed on Monday, is not only a sleeper because of his skills on the field.

But also because the 6-foot-3, 175-pound Bagley is a newcomer to the game, only taking up football before his junior season.

Bagley broke out that season, catching 39 passes for 550 yards and seven touchdowns and had 30 catches for 449 yards and six TDs as a senior.

Bagley ranked No. 6 in the TCPalm.com Scripps Super 11 for top players in the Treasure Coast-area of Florida.

In two seasons, Bagley averaged 15 yards a catch.

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