Steven Black still hopes to be a Cardinal

After signing with Louisville in 2005, wide receiver Steven Black was forced to go the junior college route and landed at East Mississippi C.C., where as a freshman he pulled in 30 receptions for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, who will begin prep for his sophomore season on Thursday, tells that he still hopes to be a Cardinal.

After signing with Louisville in 2005, former Vestavia Hills (Ala.) High School wide receiver Steven Black, who also strongly considered Ole Miss and Tennessee, was forced to go the JuCo route and landed at East Mississippi Community College.

The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder, who pulled in 30 receptions for 325 yards and 3 touchdowns as a freshman last fall, is set to begin preparations for his sophomore campaign this week.

"I report back to school today," Black said on Wednesday. "I'm not sure when we'll be in full pads, but I know that we all start running and lifting tomorrow."

He also reports to be fully recovered from the shoulder surgery that he had over a year ago to fix torn ligaments suffered during a 'freak collision' with an opposing safety.

"I'm 100% back from my shoulder injury," he explained. "I've been working out pretty hard, so I'm ready to go."

Despite just a 2-5 season last year, Black is confident that this year's squad, which will include 2006 U of L signee Demetrius Culpepper, will be much improved.

"We should be pretty good this year, because we have 44 freshmen coming back, plus some D1 guys," explained Black, who will welcome 2006 Cardinal commit Demetrius Culpepper to East Mississippi C.C. on Wednesday. "He's going to be my roommate."

The recruiting process is also underway for Black, with schools from the Big 12, Conference USA and others expressing interest.

"I hear a lot from Oklahoma State, Southern Miss and a bunch of others," he said. "I actually haven't heard anything from Louisville yet."

While he hasn't had recent contact with the Cardinal coaching staff, Black was quick to respond when asked if Louisville was at the top of his list.

"Oh yeah, definitely," he replied. "I want to go there, but I also have to keep my options open because I don't know where Louisville's mind is right now."

Stay tuned to for the latest developments on the former University of Louisville signee.

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