Cards steal big-time recruit from Auburn

Though the Louisville coaches don't know just yet, they're soon to find out they've just pulled off a major coup. The Cardinals have landed massive three-star defensive tackle Kareem Crowell who had previously given a verbal pledge to the Auburn Tigers.

The Louisville coaches paid highly-touted Tallahassee Godby defensive tackle Kareem Crowell a visit Wednesday night.

Today, the Cardinals have been rewarded for their recruiting efforts as the 6-3, 285-pound Crowell has decided to back out of his previous commitment to Auburn and will instead sign with Louisville next week.

"I had a change of heart and I'm going to Louisville as of today," Crowell told InsideTheVille.com Thursday afternoon.

Crowell said he hadn't told the Louisville coaches of his decision, but he's currently trying to relay the good news.

"I haven't talked to the coaches up there yet, but I'm trying to get ahold of Coach Petrino right now," Crowell said.

A former high school teammate of current Louisville freshman E.K. Sawyer, Crowell is ranked the No. 53 defensive tackle nationally by Scout.com. Crowell's Godby teammate Frank Grimes has also committed to Louisville.

"When I went up there for my visit it just felt like home," he said. "There is a lot of Florida boys up there and a couple of my teammates will be up there."

Besides Louisville and Auburn, Crowell also had scholarship offers from Clemson, North Carolina State and North Carolina, Nebraska, Maryland, and Illinois.

Another of Crowell's teammates, quarterback Emmanuel Francis, could also announce his decision to play for Louisville very soon.

"I think he's going to announce his decision this afternoon or maybe tomorrow, but I don't want to say where he's going, I'll let him do that," said Crowell.

Francis later told InsideTheVille.com that he'll announce his decision on National Signing Day.

"I'm going to announce it on Wednesday," the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder explained. "It's going to be between Louisville and Arkansas State."


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