Cincinnati Glen Este High School's Zach Meagher became the first verbal pledge for Louisville's Class of 2006 on Thursday when he placed a call to Cardinal head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant Mike Cassity.
"He was pretty excited," Meagher said of Petrino's reaction. "He said that I was the first commitment."
On Monday, Meagher made the short trip down I-71 for an unofficial visit to Louisville, taking a tour of the program's facilities, the campus and met with the Cardinal coaches.
"I sat down with Coach Paul Petrino for about an hour watching video of the tight ends," he explained. "I was able to tour the dorms and facilities and it just seemed like the perfect situation for me."
The 6-foot-5, 247-pound Meagher explained why he chose to commit to Louisville early over scholarship offers from programs such as Oklahoma, Michigan State and Cincinnati.
"I followed Louisville a lot last year. Louisville's an awesome football program and they are going to win a lot of games because they are able to score so many points. I wanted to go somewhere where I knew I would win and Louisville gives me that."
He added that the proximity between the River City and the Queen City also factored into his decision.
"That's definately a bonus. My mom loves it because she didn't want her baby going to far from home. It's perfect for me because I wanted to get away from home, but close enough so my family, friends and coaches can come see me play."
His hometown fans may be able to start making the frequent drive to Louisville as early as next fall when Meagher officially joins the Cardinal program.
"Coach Paul Petrino was telling me that I'm going to play as a freshman because they don't have many tight ends," he explained. "So, it doesn't look like I'm going to redshirt."
As a junior at Glen Este Meagher helped lead his team to it's first two playoff wins in the school's history. He recorded 17 catches for 386 yards and four scores as a junior, earning first team All-Conference honors.
"I'm the type of player that will do whatever it takes to help my team win," he said.
Meagher and his Glen Este teammates will kick off their season at home against Northern Kentucky's Ryle High School.