Mobile, Ala., St. Paul Episcopal two-way standout Troy Thingstad wanted to make a college decision before July, in order to focus on his senior season of high school ball.
On Tuesday night, Thingstad did that saying it "just felt right," making a verbal commitment to the University of Louisville.
"It felt like the right time and Louisville was the right choice for me," Thingstad said. "I wanted to make a decision so I can focus on my senior year and helping us win a state championship and Louisville was it for me."
The 6-foot-5, 275-pound Thingstad made a visit to U of L on Junior Day in April and said the Cardinals were "one of the first" schools to make him a scholarship offer.
"I felt like I was already part of the team when I wasn't even committed and coach Petrino is great."
Thingstad picked U of L over South Carolina, Southern Miss, South Alabama and others.
"I did my research," Thingstad said. "I really looked at all of the schools and did my homework. Coach (Terrell) Buckley just did a great job and we have a good relationship. I felt like I was already part of the team when I wasn't even committed and coach (Bobby) Petrino is great.
"I'm so excited."
Thingstad said the recruiting process wasn't "a burden" but noted he's glad it's over. He chatted with Petrino on Tuesday before committing to the Cardinals.
"It was a great relief," he said. "I'm glad that it's over and I know where I want to go. The program coach Petrino runs there is amazing. I wanted to be a part of that."
Thingstad said he now becomes a recruiter for the Cardinals notes a lot of prospects in his area "need to look" at U of L.
"Guys from Mobile and Southern Alabama play football with a different mindset," Thingstad said. "No disrespect to anyone else, but it's a mindset. So, anything to help make Louisville football better I will help do."
Thingstad is the second commitment in the Class of 2015 for U of L, joining Olive Branch, Miss., safety T.J. Jallow.