Two-star Tallahassee CB picks Louisville

E.K. Sawyer, a two-star cornerback from Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, verbally committed to the University of Louisville Monday night becoming the 12th player to cast his lot with the No. 7 ranked Cardinals.

E.K. Sawyer, a 6-0, 180-pound corner back from Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, verbally committed to the University of Louisville Monday evening because they "stuck with him" during the recruiting process.

"I committed last night to Louisville," Sawyer said Tuesday afternoon. "They were the main school that stuck with me during the entire recruiting process. Some others, like Auburn, recruited me hard early but backed off when they started winning. But Louisville stuck with me even when they were moving up in the rankings."

U of L recruiting coordinator and secondary coach Joe Whitt, Jr. visited with the speedy defensive back yesterday and helped convince the Sunshine State standout to cast his lot with the Cardinals. According to Sawyer, Whitt told him that he graded out higher than any of the eight remaining corner backs the Cardinals are still recruiting.

"My strengths as a corner are my ability to open my hips and I have good footwork and quick feet," Sawyer explained. "My parent and myself were very impressed with Coach Whitt and I'm excited about my decision."

"He's a good sized corner back with great speed," Godby High School coach Shelton Cruz said. "He's an excellent student, a quality individual and has been a three-year starter for us."

A fierce competitor, Sawyer said Louisville's entrance into the Big East next season also factored into his decision.

"The Big East is a more competitive league than Conference USA and I'm all about competition," Sawyer said.

Sawyer, who made 51 tackles, two interceptions and broke up eight passes, helped lead Godby to an 8-4 record as a senior and a berth in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs before falling to Jacksonville's Andrew Jackson.

"He was one of our senior leaders and played every snap this season," Cruz said.

Cruz said that Sawyer is in good shape academically, boasting a 3.0 GPA in his core courses and received close to 1,000 on the Standardized Aptitude Test.

Sawyer chose U of L over offers from North Carolina, Clemson, Central Florida, Middle Tennessee and Iowa State.

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