Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Trenell Troutman has committed to Louisville; second '18 commitment for Cards

Louisville has landed a commitment from Class of 2018 defensive back Trenell Troutman of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas. He's the second commitment in the '18 class for the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville football staff has struck once again in recruiting South Florida.

The Cardinals had been rolling in South Florida until the Class of 2016, but have put more focus on the area moving forward and on Saturday night that paid off with a Class of 2018 commitment from Fort Lauderdale.

St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Trenell Troutman confirmed to Cardinal Authority that he had committed to the Cardinals. He previously played for two seasons at Miami Northwestern and is a close friend of ex-U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

"I love the fan base at Louisville," Troutman said. "I love the program and the coaches and think it's the best place for me.

"I know Teddy, he's like a mentor to me and I know he loved it at Louisville."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Troutman also has offers from Miami, Cincinnati, Syracuse and UAB. He was moved up to varsity at Northwestern late in his freshman season and he started, while he finished his sophomore season with six interceptions.

"I am a humble kid," Troutman said. "The coaches say they like my speed and they like that I make plays.

"I'm really excited. I love the Louisville program."

Troutman said he could play safety or cornerback and he was recruited by both of U of L secondary coaches - Cort Dennison and Keith Heyward. He's the second commitment in the Class of 2018, joining Tallahassee, Fla., athlete Marcus Riley, who committed on Thursday.

Troutman said he's hoping to make a visit to U of L's campus later this summer.

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