Chasing national title dreams at UofL

"In my heart, Louisville was always the school that was number one."

Brian Brohm told the world what most Louisville fans, especially those who subscribe to's premium service, strongly suspected Tuesday afternoon.

"The one school that's a perfect fit for me is the University of Louisville," Brohm told an excited group of assembled family, friends, classmates, and media Tuesday afternoon. "Ultimately, Louisville was the best fit and the place I felt most comfortable," Brohm said.

Brohm, who made his decision to play for Bobby Petrino last Thursday and told the U of L head coach last Saturday that he'd wear the red and black.

"He sounded excited when I told him," Brohm told WHAS's Terry Meiners of Petrino's reaction.

After making official visits to Notre Dame, Tennessee, and Kentucky, Brohm decided shortly after his official visit that Louisville would be his choice.

"I took all my official visits to really get a feel for each school and see what they were all about," Brohm said. "When I took my official to Louisville, I just really enjoyed it. After that we had a family meeting last Thursday night and all stated that Louisville would be the place."

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"In my heart, Louisville was always the school that was number one," Brohm said. "The other things that came along with it..they moved to the Big East and I think they're an up and rising program and I do think we have the ability to go for and push for a national championship."

But it's Brohm's character and maturity off the field that have made him a three time state champion at Trinity, and helped him and the Rocks overcome an 0-4 start to begin his senior season.

"Brian possesses so many attributes that people don't see," Trinity head coach Bob Beatty said. "He's a true leader, and has great character. He's a role model and knows how to do things right."

"This year he became a mentor and helped teach a young team," Beatty added.

Brohm indicated that he won't redshirt next season and said he was assured during the recruiting process by Petrino that he would be given the opportunity to compete for the starting position next fall with returning starter Stefan LeFors.

With his announcement, Brohm becomes the third current Cardinal to have won Kentucky's Mr. Football award, joining Michael Bush and Montrell Jones. Running back Eric Shelton, who didn't win Mr. Football, was a first team Parade All-American.

Brohm was also named the 2003 USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year.

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