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Among this year's recruiting needs for the Louisville football program is depth along the defensive front and on Sunday afternoon, Inside theVille learned that the Cardinals received their first commitment to help fill those needs.

Anthony Douglas of Eufaula High School in Eufaula, Alabama gave ITV the good news.

"I committed to Louisville yesterday," said the 6'4, 220-pound defensive end.

Douglas committed to the Cardinals during an in-home visit by Louisville assistant Joe Whitt, Jr.

"I like Coach Whitt a lot...he's pretty cool," explained Douglas. "He told me from the beginning that he was concerned about my grades and that it was more important than just football."

Douglas is currently finishing with a few core classes and then will become fully eligible to participate as a freshman.

While his official visit won't happen until January 16th, it won't be his first visit to the university. Prior to the season, he and his family stopped by the U of L football complex while on their way to visit family in Cincinnati.

"They have great facilities," explained Douglas, who doesn't plan on taking any other visits. "The program is also getting better every year and I like that they are going to the Big East and will be playing bigger teams."

While his build may remind some of current Louisville linebacker Brandon Johnson, Douglas will stick at the defensive end position. He is a physical, speed rusher and will provide the Cardinals with a defensive end that can quickly penetrate the opposing backfield.

"I'm wild...I like to make big hits," Douglas explained of his on the field presence. "I like making sacks the most."

As a senior, he led Eufaula with 91 total tackles and 13 sacks.

He considered offers from Southern Miss and Troy State before committing to the Cardinals. He also received considerable interest from Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama.

Douglas joins linebackers Gabe Wallace, Johnnie Burns and Maurice Mitchell as current defensive commitments for Louisville. U of L has also received pledges from tight end Scott Kuhn, as well as from receivers Elijah Daniel and Marcus Folmar.


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