Louisville lands tight end of the future

New Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe likes to incorporate the tight end position into his wide-open passing attack. This weekend, the Cardinals picked up a verbal commitment from one of the top TE prospects from the state of Washington. InsideTheVille.com has the scoop.

The Louisville Cardinals landed their tight end of the future over the weekend in Michael Fennerty, a 6-5, 225-pound Olympia, Washington native. Early in the recruiting process Fennerty verbally committed to Missouri, then backed out to play for Steve Kragthorpe at Tulsa.

When Kragthorpe took the Louisville job last month, one of the first things the new Louisville coach did was to contact Fennerty and let the under-rated tight end know that he'd have a spot waiting for him at Louisville.

Over the weekend, during his official visit to Louisville, Fennerty decided he'll play for the Cardinals.

"It was a really good visit. I'm for sure going to Louisville. I verbally committed this weekend during my visit and it's 100 percent solid," Fennerty said. "I still like Tulsa and their new coach, but my relationship with coach Kragthorpe is really good and I want to play for a top program like Louisville."

What sold Fennerty was the importance Kragthorpe and new U of L offensive coordinator Charlie Stubbs place on the tight position in their offensive system. Kragthorpe likes to throw often to the tight end and that suits Fennerty, who caught 30 passes for 500 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior, perfectly.

Fennerty is a top
pass catcher.

"I really like how coach Kragthorpe and coach (Charlie) Stubbs incorporate the tight end in their offense. That was a big part of my decision," Fennerty said. "I like to hit and I'm physical, but I'm a receiving tight end and that's why (Louisville) wants me."

Fennerty said he also was impressed with the atmosphere at Louisville and the facilities. But mainly, Fennerty picked Louisville for the chance to catch passes in Kragthorpe's wide-open offensive attack.

"Gary Barnidge was my host and I got to speak with coach Kragthorpe and coach Stubbs and I met Greg Nord, the tight end coach," Fennerty said.

Fennerty, considered one of the Top 24 players in the state of Washington by the Seattle Times, said he's looking forward to signing with the Cardinals this Wednesday.

"The facilities are top notch, but that's not the reason I chose Louisville," Fennerty said. "I originally committed to Missouri and they have great facilities, but I backed out of that to play for coach Kragthorpe at Tulsa. I just want to play in his system. Wednesday we'll have a party at the house and I'll put on that Louisville jersey."

Besides Tulsa and Missouri, Fennerty also had offers from Cincinnati and Kansas.

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