Cardinals land "Keystone State" lineman

Josh Byrom of Montour High School in Pennsylvania becomes the latest to commit to Louisville.

The University of Louisville will enter the Big East Conference next season, so they undoubtedly will have to recruit in areas such as Pennsylvania. The Cardinals offered Montour (PA) high school offensive lineman/tight end Josh Byrom (6-5, 265, 4.80) early in the process. Wednesday evening their persistence paid off as they got a verbal pledge from Byrom.

"I have committed to Louisville, I felt the time was right so I pulled the trigger," said Byrom

Louisville and Akron were the only written offers for Byrom, who also had interest from Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse. This summer Byrom camped at Pittsburgh and was hoping to catch the eye of the Panther staff and earn an offer.

Maryland was in contention early on partly because Byrom's father Bruce played for the Terrapins. Bruce also happens to be the head coach at Montour high school.

"He has very good technique," said the elder Byrom. "He's self motivated and is a kid that gets things done without me telling him."

Byrom attended the Kentucky-Louisville game and was impressed.

"It's beautiful down there, it's nice and relaxed and is a lot like Western Pennsylvania."

"It was the perfect atmosphere," added his father. "We went to the CardMarch and really enjoyed being in the stadium and having a chance to be on the field…it was great."

Byrom was recruited to Louisville by coach Kevin Wolthausen, who will visit Josh on Monday to possibly set up a date for an official visit.

"Coach Wolthausen would call every week on Wednesday night and Josh told me earlier that when he called the next time that he was going to commit," explained Bruce Byrom.

Byrom is the 6th verbal commitment for the Cardinals class of 2005.

Michael McCammon of also contributed to this article.

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