Louisville lands a commitment from 2017 Ellenwood, Ga., offensive lineman Justin Shaffer on Thursday night

The University of Louisville football team has its first commitment in the Class of 2017, landing a verbal on Thursday night from Ellenwood, Ga., Cedar Grove junior Justin Shaffer. He's a 6-foot-4, 330-pound three-star prospect.

Justin Shaffer said he wanted to commit to the University of Louisville for a while.

On Thursday night, Shaffer pulled the trigger with Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in his home for a visit.

"We were having a really good conversation and (Grantham) asked me if I was ready to commit," Shaffer said. "I told him that I had been ready for a while. So, I told him I wanted to make it public.

"I'm very excited and really thankful to the Louisville coaches."

The 6-foot-4, 330-pound Shaffer is a three-star prospect with a lot of interest but only with offers from U of L and Charlotte because he said "I had been wanting to commit to Louisville for a while."

Shaffer said he had a bunch of interest from the SEC, including Florida, but said he was ready to end his recruitment.

"I really like Louisville and know I will get a good education there," he said. "I like the confernece and I love the up-tempo offensive style. Coach Grantham is a really good guy. He's checked in on me a lot.

"I know he cares about me and my family and not just football."

Shaffer is the first commitment in the Class of 2017 for Louisville.

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