Steven Black recovering from surgery

Just weeks prior to making his official visit to the University of Louisville, Steven Black underwent surgery to repair an injured shoulder.

Steven Black of Vestavia Hills (AL) High School became the fifth known verbal commitment for the University of Louisville when he announced his pledge soon after returning home from an unofficial visit for the Cardinals season opener against Kentucky.

The 6-foot-3, 207-pound receiver returned to the River City last weekend, making his official visit.

"It was good to be there again," said Black, who was hosted by linebacker Brandon Johnson. "My visit went great. I didn't realize how nice the campus was."

As part of his visit, Black spent a few hours at Freedom Hall to take in the Cardinals win over Tennessee.

"That was a great game, especially near the end," Black said. "Garcia played great."

Prior to leaving, Black spent a few minutes visiting with U of L assistants Joe Whitt Jr., and Paul Petrino.

"We talked about a lot of stuff and about when I get there," explained Black.

However, before he can begin to turn his attention towards fall camp at Louisville, Black is working on rehabbing from a recent shoulder surgery.

"I had surgery on my shoulder on [January] 11th," Black explained. "They should that I had a labrum tear, plus I dislocated it. Right now I'm about 70% with it, but I should be back to 100% in a few more weeks."

As Black continues to recover from his off season surgery, he is also focusing on improving his ACT test scores.

With a current G.P.A. of 2.5, Black knows what score he must achieve to become fully eligible for his freshman season at U of L.

"I just need my test score, so I'm working on my ACT," Black said. "I'm not worried about it. I'll make it."

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