LBer Brunson commits to Louisville

The University of Louisville football team has a second commitment in as many days, landing a verbal from Columbia, S.C., linebacker T.J. Brunson. The three-star Brunson picked the Cardinals over South Carolina and Georgia Southern.

The University of Louisville football staff has dipped into South Carolina for the 14th commitment in the Class of 2016 and the second in as many days for the Cardinals.

Columbia, S.C., three-star T.J. Brunson, considered the top inside linebacker in South Carolina, gave a verbal commitment to the Cardinals on Friday afternoon the day after he made an unofficial visit to campus.

"I really liked them before the visit but wanted to go there and talk to the coaches and see what I would be getting myself into," he said. "I wanted to see the surroundings and everything.

"It was everything and more than what I was expecting."

The 6-foot, 220-pound Brunson picked the Cardinals over South Carolina and Georgia Southern. Along with those schools, Appalachian State, East Carolina, North Carolina and NC State have offered the Richland Northeast standout.

Brunson said U of L offered him on March 4 and Tony Grantham kept on him since that day, noting he would be a great fit in his brother - Todd Grantham's - defensive system.

"The whole pro style system and the way it's set up the linebacker makes a lot of plays," he said. "It's something that I look forward too. You get a chance to make a lot of plays."

"Brunson, who finished his junior season with 134 tackles, eight tackles for loss, two sacks and four forced fumbles, had hip surgery in March but said he's close to 100 percent. He should be fine by the start of his senior season.

It's the 14th commitment for U of L in the '16 class and the second in two days. Brunson said he was "very excited" to see Jawon Pass make his decision on Thursday.

"When I saw Jawon committed, I did get very excited," he said. "His decision didn't rule me or anything, but it's nice to know they are building a very good class there."

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