QB Matt Simms says he's a Cardinal

On Thursday InsideTheVille.com first reported that Bobby Petrino's staff had landed it's first verbal commitment of the 2007 class in offensive lineman Brad Durham. Now, just a couple days later and Matt Simms tells ITV that he's become commitment number two.

It's been a great couple days on the recruiting front for the University of Louisville football coaching staff. On Thursday, 6-foot-5, 300-pound Rockcastle County offensive lineman Brad Durham placed a call to U of L assistant Greg Nord to accept the program's offer of a scholarship.

Now, just a couple days later, Scout.com three-star quarterback Matt Simms, who originally planned to announce his decision through a local New Jersey newspaper, turned to InsideTheVille.com to break the news that he's commitment number two for the Cardinal program.

"I am going to be a Cardinal," Simms told InsideTheVille.com on Saturday afternoon. "I verbally committed to Louisville today. I've been thinking about it for the last couple weeks and just decided that this was it."

"I already talked to Coach Petrino so it's done," he continued. "They said that they were happy and relieved that I finally committed."

The Louisville coaches aren't the only one's glad to have the decision over.

"They're relieved and so am I," explained Simms, who added that he's looking forward to focusing on the upcoming season. "It's good to have out of the way. This is going to be a big year for us because we have some big out-of-state games. I feel like Louisville is a great place for me and now I don't have to worry about it."

The son of Louisville native and former NFL great Phil Simms, Matt said that playing in the River City and in the shadow of the success that his father had in Bluegrass State wouldn't be a distraction or concern.

"I didn't visit there that much when I was young, but I know my family there real well and I think it would be a cool spot to play because of my dad's history in Louisville."

Simms visited the Cardinal program in early April for it's annual Junior Day and said that he enjoyed his time visiting with Brian Brohm while watching the team practice.

"I stood out on the field with Brian the entire scrimmage," he said. "We talked about everything - we talked about playing in high school, some of their plays - just guy stuff really."

The New Jersey native said that he's also looking forward to rejoining former prep teammates and current Cardinals Darius Mann and Brian Roche.

"It's great having guys there that I already have a relationship with, especially since they've already been through everything," he said. "It'll be fun to be around those guys again."

The possibility of playing behind a line that consists of Roche is something that Simms is looking forward to.

"That would be awesome. Something like that doesn't happen very often. I'd be honored to have that happen."

According to Simms, Arizona State and Rutgers were also heavily considered.

Don Bosco Prep will begin it's season on Saturday, September 16 against Centerville (Oh.) High School at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium. The game, slated to kick off at 6:00 p.m., is apart of the annual Kirk Herbstreit Challenge.

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NOTES:

  • Simms, who suffered a broken bone in this throwing hand this past winter, has fully recovered from the injury and feels no lingering pain.

    "My hand is great now," he said. "I can't feel anything wrong with and I'm throwing fine."

  • The senior quarterback also intends to redshirt his intial year at U of L, taking the year to study and become comfortable with the Bobby Petrino's offensive playbook.
  • Simms commitment to Louisville continues the Cardinal program's success at one of the nation's top high school programs.

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