Pete Nochta talks about his decision

After watching Bobby Petrino's Cardinals practice last Thursday, Lexington Tates Creek tight end Pete Nochta sat down with the Louisville coach and decided to join the Cardinals growing list of 2005-06 recruits.

Tates Creek High School tight end Pete Nochta verbally committed to Louisville on Thursday after watching the Cardinals practice for the upcoming Gator Bowl.

Notcha, the son of former Kentucky Wildcat John Nochta, said the familiarity with the Cardinal program was among the deciding factors in his decision.

"A couple of my former teammates went there, so I already knew a lot about them," said Nochta, who was recruited by longtime Cardinal assistant Greg Nord. "He's someone that I know that I can go to if I ever need anyone."

Nochta verbally committed to the Cardinals on Thursday, the day before he was scheduled to make an official visit to Michigan State.

"He was supposed to go to Michigan State last Friday, but he decided to cancel it," said his father. "Kentucky was getting a little over-loaded, so it was really between Michigan State and Louisville."

On Thursday, Nochta and his father visited Louisville and watched the Cardinals practice for the upcoming Toyota Gator Bowl.

"It's very upbeat," he said. "There is no rest really, and I think that is the way it should be if you want to win. You know that you have to go out every day and give it your best. I got to watch the tight ends the entire time and it was great to see how they run things."

The possibility of playing for a winning program also played into the 6-foot-7, 235-pound Notcha's decision.

"I wanted to go somewhere where I knew we would win and Louisville's a top 25 program," he said. "I'm excited to be on a winning team. It's going to be a lot of hard work, but I'm excited to be able to contribute to this team."

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