The University of Louisville football staff has been working the entire country in recruiting for the Class of 2017, landing its first 14 commitments from players who hail from 10 different states.
Now, the Cardinals have gone International and added a commitment from Germany.
Offensive lineman Gerrik Vollmer, the starting left tackle on the German National Team who was a foreign exchange student last season in West Virginia, confirms with Cardinal Authority that he has committed to Louisville.
"They always believed in me from day one," Vollmer, who is currently in Germany, said via text message. "I like the coaches a lot and what they do with the football program. They always said I can be a special player and that's what I want to be."
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Vollmer, who was impressive at a Louisville prospect camp in early June, will attend The Taft School in Watertown, Conn., this fall and is expected to enroll at U of L in December.
Vollmer was a Class 2-A All-State player last season at Philippi, W. Va., Barbour last season. He is originally from Hamburg, Germany, and said Louisville offered him this weekend.
SCOUTING TAKE: Impressive skills for a foreign player who has been totally under the radar on the recruiting scene. He's strong and physical at the point of attack. Was 280 pounds at Louisville camp but has a frame that can add 20-30 pounds. Went against Stanford signee Thomas Schaffer in European Championship event and more than held his own. A big-time sleeper prospect.