SIGNING DAY: 2006 Recruiting Class

Louisville's newest group of Cardinals currently ranked No.26 by Scout.com

Jeff Adams * DL/OL
6-8 * 320
Cadiz, Ky./Trigg County
Played for Curtis Higgins at Trigg County High School... projects to play either offensive line or defensive line... selected to the Courier Journal All-State first team... named to the Tremendous 26 by the Kentucky Coaches Association... voted first team All-Western Kentucky Conference and Honorable Mention All-State as an offensive tackle and nose guard... totaled 33 solo tackles, 81 assisted tackles, 44 tackles for loss, 15 forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries over the past two seasons at the nose guard position... chose Louisville over Kentucky, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Tennessee.

Anthony Allen * RB
6-0 * 215
Tampa, Fla./Jesuit
Played for Joe Ross at Jesuit High School... three-year starter at running back and middle linebacker… tabbed the 68th best running back by Scout.com and the third-best in Florida... given three-star rating by Scout... named All-State and All-county during his senior campaign* ran for 1,151 yards and 15 touchdowns* averaged better than 6.0 yards per carry* recorded 84 tackles from his middle linebacker position* guided Jesuit to a 9-2 record... named as one of the preseason top 100 players in the state of Florida... rated as the 92nd-best prospect in the state of Florida... rushed for 1,491 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior... averaged 5.8 yards per carry... named the team's Offensive Most Valuable Player... selected All-State and All-County... also runs track* competes in the 100-meter run, long jump, high jump and triple jump* chose Louisville over Clemson, Central Florida, South Florida, Boston College, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest.

Jeremy Baker * OL/DL
6-5 * 358
Riviera Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes
Played for Dan Sanso at Palm Beach Lakes High School... four-year starter on the offensive and defensive line... started at offensive tackle as a freshman... three-year starter on defense... started 43 straight games... selected team captain as a senior... named the team's top lineman at the end of the year banquet... recorded eight sacks from his defensive tackle position... also recorded 30 tackles... named first-team All-County on defense as a senior... voted second team All-State on offense during his senior campaign... also played three seasons of basketball... chose Louisville over Rutgers and West Virginia.

Josh Chichester * WR
6-8 * 210
West Chester, Ohio/Lakota West
Played for Mike Mueller at Lakota West High School... three-year starter at wide receiver... three-year starter in basketball... four-star prospect by Scout.com... ranked as the 14th-best wide receiver in the country by Scout... two-sport star... also was a standout on the hardwood... ranked as the 17th-best recruit in the state of Ohio... the 36th-ranked multi-position recruit in the country... caught 36 passes for 723 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior... averaged 20.1 yards per catch... earned first-team Greater Miami Conference and second-team Southwest District honors as a senior... caught 27 passes for 603 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior... averaged 13.0 ppg as a junior on the hardwood... chose Louisville over Ohio State, Illinois, Kentucky and Notre Dame.

Kareem Crowell * DT/OT
6-4 * 310
Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
Played for Shelton Crews at Godby High School... three-star prospect by Scout.com... ranked 39th by the Orlando Sentinel... one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the Sunshine State... ranked as the 53rd-best defensive tackle by Scout.com... recorded 59 tackles and five sacks as a senior... played both offensive and defensive tackle... registered 59 tackles and one sacks during his junior campaign... chose Louisville over Auburn, Clemson, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Georgia, Marshall and South Florida.

Demetrius Culpepper * DE
6-4 * 230
Alexander City, Ala./Benjamin Russell
Played at Benjamin Russell High School... attended same high school as current Cardinal Jonathan Russell... registered 74 tackles and 23 sacks as a junior... chose Louisville over Clemson, Southern Mississippi, Kentuckty and Tennessee.

Emanuel Francis * ATH
6-3 * 195
Tallahassee, Fla./Godby
Played for Shelton Crews at Godby High School... named first team All-Big Bend... named All-State Honorable Mention... holds the school record for highest completion percentage... tied a school record last season with 27 total touchdowns... led team to two district titles... threw for 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior, while running for 400 yards and 10 scores... rushed for 115 yards and two scores versus Rickards High School... recorded four passing touchdowns and one rushing score in the first half of a game versus Panama City... threw for 230 yards and four touchdowns against East Gatson... passed for 1,400 yards and 100 touchdowns as a junior... completed 58.9 percent of his throws... rushed for three touchdowns... earned Honorable Mention All-Big Bend honors... averaged 12.0 ppg and 13.0 rpg as a junior on the hardwood... chose Louisville over Mississippi State, UAB, Ole Miss and Memphis.

Rodney Gnat * DE/OLB
6-3 * 223
Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson
Played for Ronald Reagan at Wolfson High School... three-year starter and letterwinner at Wolfson... recorded 70 tackles and recorded seven sacks during his senior campaign... also forced three fumbles... earned second team All-League accolades and All-First Coast honors as a senior... registered 50 tackles and 10 sacks as a junior... earned second team All-Conference honors and All-First Coast... guided team to a 7-3 record and a first round loss in the playoffs... member of the Latin Club... played linebacker as a sophomore... earned Honorable Mention All-Conference honors... plays outfield on the baseball team... chose Louisville over Purdue and Minnesota.

Josh Hawkins * OT
6-5 * 322
Greenville, Ala./Greenville
Played for Alvin Briggs at Greenville High School... three-star prospect by Scout.com... three-year starter at Greenville High School... played both offensive tackle and noseguard... recorded 55 tackles on defense... played in the North-South All-Star Game... graded out at 80 percent or higher in all ten games... member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes... played basketball as a junior... averaged 12.5 ppg and over 8.0 rpg... chose Louisville over Mississippi State, LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kentucky.

Brandon Heath * S
6-1 * 195
West Palm Beach, Fla./Palm Beach Lakes
Played for Don Sanzo at Palm Beach High School... three-year starter... two-year, two-way starter... led the team with seven interceptions... averaged 6.0 tackles per game... team captain... first-team All-State performer the last two seasons... named the Defensive Player of the Year in Palm Beach County... preseason Player of the Year choice by the Sun-Sentinel... led the county in receptions as a sophomore... selected to play in the Outback All-Star Game... tabbed the fourth-best player in the state by the Orlando Sentinel... ranked on Florida's Top 100 list.. recorded 35 catches as a senior... listed by ESPN.com as one of the top 100 high school players in the nation... ranked 58th and the eighth best player in the state of Florida ... recorded 72 tackles, including three for a loss and two sacks, as well as notching eight interceptions during his senior campaign... also playing wide receiver, pulled in 32 receptions for 520 yards and 10 touchdowns... named Class 6A First Team All-State by the Florida Sports Writers Association... chose Louisville over West Virginia, Florida, Minnesota, NC State, Rutgers and Tennessee.

Aundre Henderson * DE
6-4 * 285
Louisville, Ky./Manual
Played for Joe Nichols at Manual High School... started all four years on the defensive line... lettered all four years... three-star recruit by Scout.com... guided team to an 8-5 record... played in eight games after suffering from a knee injury... named second team All-State... selected first team All-District... voted Southeast Top 100... named the Defensive Most Valuable Player at the East-West All-Star Game... registered 40 tackles and five sacks as a senior... recorded 45 tackles and seven sacks during his junior season... started 11 games as a junior... played basketball during his freshman season... chose Louisville over Minnesota, Illinois, Kansas State, Kentucky and Michigan State.

Hector Hernandez * OL
6-5 * 275
Naples, Fla./Naples
Played for Bill Kramer at Naples High School... quick and athletic offensive lineman... earned second-team All-State accolades in Class 3A in Florida... one of the state's top wrestler's as junior... only loss at heavyweight was to the state champion... chose not to wrestle as a senior to add weight... graded out in the top 10 at the Miami Training Camp last summer... chose Louisville over Clemson, Oklahoma, South Florida, Central Michigan and Temple.

Ryan Kessling * OL
6-5 * 275
Tallahasse, Fla./Chiles
Played for Jodie Sprenkle at Chiles High School... two-year starter at offensive tackle... started 20 straight games at offensive tackle... earned third team All-State honors... voted first team All-Big Bend... graded out at over 80 percent and recorded 29 pancake blocks... named the team's Offensive Lineman of the Year... selected All-District... averaged a 82 percent grade as a junior... registered 26 pancake blocks... wrestled as a junior... had a 15-10 record... took sixth-place at the Regional Tournament... selected to play in the Total Sport Images.com and the Max Emfinger All-Star Games... chose Louisville over Florida A&M.

Zach Meagher * TE
6-4 * 248
Cincinnati, Ohio/Glen Este
Played for Zach Taylor at Glen Este High School... two-year starter at tight end... rated as the No. 21 tight end in the country, three-star prospect and the No. 16 player in Ohio... rated the second-best tight end in the state... caught 34 passes for 660 yards as a varsity starter... caught 17 passes for 240 yards and four touchdowns as a senior... named first team All-State... guided team to a 9-2 record and a loss in the first round of the state playoffs... recorded 17 receptions for 320 yards and four scores as a junior... earned first team All-Conference honors... team finished 11-2 and lost in the Regional Finals of the state playoffs... member of the National Honor Society... chose Louisville over Oklahoma, Minnesota, Michigan State, Northwestern, Cincinnati and Duke.

Peter Nochta * TE/DE
6-5 * 240
Lexington, Ky./Tates Creek
Played for Mark Willoughby at Tates Creek High School... played quarterback and tight end... four-year letterwinner and two-year starter... selected team captain as a senior... also voted the team's Most Valuable Player... accounted for 850 all-purpose yards... completed 20-of-70 passes for 205 yards and one touchdown... rushed 47 times for 217 yards and a couple of touchdowns... also played free safety on defense... recorded two tackles... completed 23-of-54 passes for 335 yards and five touchdowns... played center and forward on the basketball team... chose Louisville over Kentucky and Wake Forest.

Troy Pascley * WR/FS
6-2 * 185 Alliance, Ohio/Alliance
Played one season at Alliance High School... rated among the top 100 receivers in the country by Scout.com… received a three-star rating from Scout... caught 34 passes for 881 yards and 10 touchdowns... averaged 25.9 yards per catch... rushed 10 times for 231 yards... returned 14 kicks for 421 yards... averaged 30.1 yards a return... voted first team All-League and All-County... selected first team All-Northeastern Ohio... tabbed a Division II All-Ohio honoree... selected to play in the Big 33 Ohio-Pennslyvania All-Star Game... chose Louisville over Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan State, Akron and Miami (Ohio).

Johnny Patrick * WR/CB
6-0 * 175
Deland, Fla./Deland
Played for Dean Fabrizo at Deland High School... transfer from Deltona High School... three-star wide receiver by Scout.com... named one of Scout.com Top 100 receivers... rated as the 99th-best player in the state of Florida... rated as one of the top 100 players in the state of Florida by Scout.com.. rushed 82 times for 820 yards and 15 touchdowns, while also pulling in 19 catches for 312 yards and 2 touchdowns... averaged 26.3 per kick return and recorded a career-high best of 85 yards... added 23 catches for 471 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior... recorded 43 receptions for 506 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore... ran a 10.6 100-meter run... chose Louisville over Georgia Tech, Maryland, NC State, Florida and South Carolina.

Eugene Sowell * LB/RB
6-0 * 220
Birmingham, Ala./Shades Valley
Played for Marc Rice at Shades Valley High School... a member of the Scout.com South Hot 100... received a three-star rating by Scout.com... rated the third-best linebacker and the 22nd-best player in the state of Alabama... tabbed the 74th-best running back in the nation by Scout.com...tabbed as the 44th best outside linebacker in the country... rushed for 1,058 yards and 20 touchdowns as a junior... played in the Alabama Junior All-Star Game... also recruited by Clemson, Auburn and LSU.

Conrad Thomas * OT/OG
6-6 * 330
Douglasville, Ga./Douglas County
Played for Phil Williams at Douglas County High School... two-year starter on the offensive line... started 22 straight games... guided team to a 10-2 mark during his senior season, losing in the second round of the state playoffs... earned All-State accolades on the offensive line... also named All-County... selected to play in the PSS All-Star... throwing the discus and shot put on the track team... chose Louisville over Georgia Tech, Memphis and South Carolina.

Latarrius Thomas * WR
6-2 * 205
New Smyrna Beach, Fla./New Smyrna Beach
Played for Howie DeCristofaro at New Smyrna Beach High School... selected to play in the CaliFlorida All-Star game, pitting the top high school athletes in California and Florida... ranked as the 31st-best wide receiver in the country by Scout.com... four-star prospect by Scout... two-year starter at New Smyrna Beach High School... recorded 35 receptions for 500 yards and eight touchdowns... earned All-Conference and All-County accolades... recorded 32 receptions for 525 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior... averaged 16.4 yards per catch... recorded 15 tackles... chose Louisville over Florida, Mississippi State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

L.T. Walker * DL
6-4 * 320
Wynee, Ark./Wynne
Played for Don Campbell at Wynne High School... two-year starter... four-star recruit by Scout.com... rated the No. 32 defensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com... selected first team All-Conference... recorded 64 tackles and five sacks in leading Wynne High School to a state title... also registered an interception... chose Louisville over Tennessee, Ole Miss and Memphis.

Deantwan "Peanut" Whitehead * DE
6-6 * 245
Birmingham, Ala./West End
One of the top recruits ever to sign at the University of Louisville... dominating pass rusher from his defensive end position... three-year starter at West End High School... one of the best players to ever play there.. named one of the PrepStar 200 top prospects... labeled a five-star recruit by Scout.com... ranked No. 17 on the Mobile Register's Super Southeast 120... rated as the number 3 defensive end in the country by Scout.com... rated the No. 8 prospect on the Birmingham News' Super Senior list of blue-chip prospects... earned first-team All-State accolades after a dominating senior campaign... recorded an amazing 125 tackles and 25 sacks during his career... also registered 17 tackles for loss...ranked as the third-best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com... registered 78 tackles and nine sacks during his senior season... recorded 63 tackles and six sacks as a junior chose Louisville over Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee.

Tyler Wimsatt * RB/LB
6-1 * 230
Owensboro, Ky./Owensboro
Played for Joe Prince at Owensboro High School... preseason selection to the Tremendous 26... accounted for more than 1,500 all-purpose yards... rushed for 770 yards and eight touchdowns and also threw for 541 yards... named the team's Most Valuable Player and team captain... voted Honorable Mention All-State by the Courier-Journal...voted All-District... rushed for 189 yards against Southern High School... also ran for 120 yards and a score versus Henderson County... voted to the All-BIG 8 team as a junior... chose Louisville over Kentucky and Ohio.

Tyler Wolfe * QB
6-5 * 195
Baton Rouge, La./Central
Played at Central High School... two-year starter at quarterback... threw for 2,250 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior... earned first team All-District accolades and first team All-Metro honors... voted second team All-State... threw for ten touchdowns as a junior... named to play in the East-West All-Star Game and the Louisiana-Texas All-Star Game... averaged 6.0 ppg and 5.0 rpg on the hardwood... member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Art Club... chose Louisville over Louisiana Tech.


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