Louisville signs playmaker Traveon Samuel

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino announced the first signing of the Class of 2015 on Friday with the addition of Phenix City, Ala., Central High School playmaker Traveon Samuel. The three-star prospect will enroll in January at U of L.

University of Louisville football coach likes to have a bunch of playmakers on offense, allowing him to follow his "feed the studs" motto.

Petrino's first addition to the Class of 2015 certainly fits that mold.

The Cardinals announced on Friday the addition of Phenix City, Ala., Central playmaker Traveon Samuel to the '15 class. Samuel signed his paperwork and will enroll at U of L in January and be on campus for spring practice.

The electric 5-foot-8, 170-pound Samuel had offers from Alabama, %%MATCH_6%%, South Carolina, Florida State and a handful of other major programs, and had reportedly narrowed his list to South Carolina, Auburn and %%MATCH_5%% State over the summer.

But he changed his mind, re-opened the recruiting process in late July and on Aug. 1 pulled the trigger for Louisville. Samuel, who can be a running back or slot receiver in college, gave the commitment to the U of L coaches during a campus visit.

A three-star prospect, Samuel is ranked as the No. 73 running back in the '15 class nationally. He suffered a broken fibula several weeks ago in a game and is currently rehabilitating the injury and preparing to come to Louisville.

In 10 games as a senior, Samuel had 1,764 all-purpose yards including 861 yards rushing and 11 TDs and 553 yards receiving and three more scores.

Samuel had over 1,200 yards and 24 total TDs as a junior and finished his career with just over 4,000 all-purpose yards and 64 TDs.


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