Roche explains why he chose Cards over Irish

<B>NATIONAL SIGNING DAY EXCLUSIVE</b> The nation's 25th-rated offensive lineman <b>Brian Roche</b> of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, NJ has signed a letter of intent with the University of Louisville, turning down offers from tradional powers Notre Dame, Florida and a host of others. The 4-star prospect spoke with about his decision.

It came down to the wire for 4-star prospect Brian Roche of Ramsey (NJ) Don Bosco Prep, as the 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive line struggled with picking a school from his list of finalists that consisted of Louisville, Notre Dame, North Carolina State, Florida and Michigan State.

"I'm going to Louisville," Roche told "It came down to Louisville having more of the things that I was looking for."

On College Sports Television, Roche pulled a Louisville hat from his locker, and announced he would be playing for Bobby Petrino and the Cardinals.

Roche, who is rated by as the country's 25th best offensive line prospect, will join teammate Darius Mann as a Cardinal.

"I tried to keep the fact that he's going there as something that didn't effect my decision," Roche explained. "I wanted to make my decision without considering that, but having him there definately makes it special."

Roche told Inside The Ville the U of L staff was quite excited when he shared the news with them.

"They were pretty happy," said Roche. "I called Coach Wolthausen and then talked to Coach Petrino. He was pretty excited about it."

With his signing now behind him, Roche said that he'll remain focused as he prepares for his late summer arrival in Louisville.

"I'll keep getting ready and working out," Roche explained. "I think that they want me to come in and redshirt, but I'm going to work and prepare to come in and compete for a spot as a freshman."

Roche becomes Louisville's highest-rated out of state high school prospect and the second highest-rated high school prospect, behind only Ballard's Earl Heyman, in the Cardinals 2005 recruiting class.

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