Coming off the best season in school history - a season that saw Louisville finish with an 11-1 record and No. 6 ranking in the final Associated Press poll - Bobby Petrino and staff enter today with 26 solid verbal commitments, headlined by 6-3, 260-pound Earl Heyman of Louisville Ballard, rated the nation's No. 8 defensive end prospect by Scout.com.
"This class has a little bit of everything," Inside The Ville football recruiting analyst Michael McCammon said. "There's a lot of speed throughout and the needs along the defensive front and in the secondary appear to have been met with the expected additions of several talented prospects. This looks like a group - at least on paper - that should help continue U of L's rise as a national football power."
High school and junior college prospects will sign their binding national letters of intent today and then fax them to the school of their choice. U of L's Petrino will discuss Louisville's signees at a 2 PM press conference for members of local media, followed by a public reception in the Brown and Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium to introduce the members of the 2005 recruiting class to fans beginning at 4 PM.
CARDS AWAIT TWO PROSPECTS DECISION'S
While there shouldn't be much in the way of unexpected news today, the U of L coaching staff is eagerly awaiting final decisions from two highly regarded prospects - Hopkinsville's Curtis Pulley and Ramsey, New Jersey's Brian Roche.
Pulley has narrowed his choices to two finalists - Louisville and Kentucky - and is scheduled to announce his decision at noon during a ceremony at his school. Pulley is rated as a 3-star prospect by Scout.com
Roche, a teammate of Louisville commit Darius Mann, has narrowed his choices to Notre Dame and Louisville. He'll announce his decision at 3:30 on College Sports Television. Roche is a rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com
PROSPECT VIDEO FROM SCOUTTV
Scout.com and Inside The Ville have exclusive video highlights of eight prospects expected to sign national letters of intent with Louisville, including Lamar Alston, JuJuan Spillman, Trenton Guy, Zach Anderson, Darius Mann, Stephen Garr, Jonathan Holston and Scott Long. We also have video of both Brian Roche and Curtis Pulley.
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LOCAL STARS TO SIGN ON THE DOTTED LINE
Spillman will sign his LOI at 1:30 during a ceremony at PRP, Grinter will make it official during a ceremony at Fairdale at 12:50, Garr will give his signature at 11:00 and Heyman will sign his letter of intent at 1:30.
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