Cards pledge Florida offensive lineman

InsideTheVille.com has confirmed that 6'5, 270-pound offensive lineman Hector Hernandez of Naples (Fla.) High School has committed to Louisville. Check inside for more on what make's Hernandez a solid addition to a very impressive recruiting class...

While four schools eagerly await the announcement of Deantwan Whitehead later this afternoon, one of those still under consideration for the five-star defensive end has started the day in strong fashion.

With little room left in it's 2006 recruiting class, Louisville has added it's sixth offensive lineman in Naples (Fla.) High School's Hector Hernandez, who visited the Cardinal program this past weekend.

"He sure did," Naples assistant coach Sam Dollar told InsideTheVille.com. "He went on his trip this past weekend and swtiched to Louisville. They have always been interested in him."

The 6-foot-5, 270-pound Hernandez had committed to South Florida during his visit with the fellow Big East Conference program the week prior.

"The only reason he committed to USF was that he felt pressured during his visit and felt that he had to say yes," Dollar explained. "When he got back in town he told us that he still wanted to take his visit up to Louisville."

Also a wrestler through his junior year, Hernandez, who's older brother wrestles at Oklahoma, appears to be an athletic and quick offensive lineman.

"He's played against some of the best guys in the state that are staying in-state to play at Miami and Florida and he held his own every time," Dollar said the Class 3A second team All-State honoree. "He's real tough and has long arms."

"He has always been a wrestler, so he has always kept his weight down," he continued. "He only lost to the state champion last year in the heavy weight division, but he stopped this year so he could add weight. He could be a 320-pounder easy - I think he'll be huge. It's his arm length though that is really impressive."

Hernandez, along with teammates that are headed to Central Michigan and Florida International, will sign his Letter of Intent on Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m.

In addition to Louisville and South Florida, Central Florida, Central Michigan, Clemson, Oklahoma and Temple were also among those expressing strong interest in the second team All-State performer.


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