U of L football signing day wrap

The college football signing day has come and gone and the University of Louisville signed 21 players in the Class of 2014. Here is a wrap-up and some leftovers from the signing day festivities.

CARDS STILL LOOKING FOR MORE

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino announced 21 signees in the Class of 2014, including three already enrolled.

But Petrino and his staff made it clear the Cardinals are not finished with the class.

Petrino said there is a need for U of L to add another couple of players, including a defensive tackle. He said they have three or four scholarships available.

"One big interior player," Petrino said. "I think we need a nose tackle type-guy that can play big and physical and keep our linebackers free. I think that's what we still need."

Petrino said the staff still has a few players on the board and would be looking in the next couple of weeks to add to the list.

Scout.com confirmed this morning that New Iberia, La., Westgate defensive lineman Tae Thibodeaux is visiting U of L this weekend. He has an offer from the Cardinals and Arkansas and is expected to make a decision after he visits both schools in the coming weeks.

Cardinal Authority will keep you posted on any other prospects who emerge.

HOMETOWN HERO A KEY

Petrino said Trinity High School quarterback Reggie Bonnafon was a "big key" for the Class of 2014 and the new staff.

The only in-state player on the signing list, Bonnafon stayed firm after other schools made a run at him in the final weeks.

"They were coming after him and hard," Petrino said. "He had other schools wanting him to visit and had one set up, but decided this is where he wanted to be and we're glad.

"He was very important for us."

Petrino said Bonnafon made two unofficial visits to campus "just to hang out with recruits" who were making official visits.

Bonnafon was the first commitment in the Class of 2014, committing in Jan. of 2013.

WHO WILL HAVE EARLY IMPACT?

Petrino said the staff will give all the newcomers a chance to play next season.

But the staff said many of the freshman will also be looked as for redshirt opportunities, depending on the competition.

"We still have to get to know our (current) guys," Petrino said.

JUCO offensive lineman Kelby Johnson is expected to play right away, while the three early enrollees - Cameron Polk, L.J. Scott and Trevon Young - will participate in spring practice and have a leg up on the rest of the staff once fall practice begins.

STAFF HIRE COMING SOON

Petrino said at the end of the press conference that he was going to hire the final member of his staff "quickly."

His final hire will be a safety coach who will be able to help in recruiting.

Petrino said Todd Grantham wants to coordinate the defense from the outside linebacker spot, while L.D. Scott coaches the interior defensive line. Tony Grantham will coach inside linebackers, while Terrell Buckley will coach the cornerbacks.

"It's a very good staff," Petrino said.

12 COMMITS STAYED FIRM

The staff signed 12 players who were committed to U of L under the previous staff.

Wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas said Charlie Strong and his staff "did a great job," of getting good prospects committed to U of L.

Petrino said the staff then had to make some "very tough" decisions on what players to keep and which other ones to pass on saying, "we started from scratch and looked at everyone. We took a close look at them all."

TWO COMMITS IN '15 ALREADY?

The Cardinals have two commits listed in the Class of 2015 already and one is at least still firm with the new staff.

Olive Branch, Miss., quarterback Ross Trail is still committed to the Cardinals, while it's unclear of the status of Georgia running back Justin Crawford.

The staff is already working on '15.

"That's what we did all day today," Petrino said on Wednesday. "I feel like we are already behind, so we have to get going."


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