Louisville lands 2008 quarterback Sunseri

Steve Kragthorpe landed his first verbal commitment of the 2008 recruiting class Friday when 6-foot-2, 200 pound Pittsburgh Central Catholic star quarterback Tino Sunseri called the Louisville coach and gave him the good news.

Steve Kragthorpe landed his first verbal commitment of the 2008 recruiting class Friday when 6-foot-2, 200 pound Pittsburgh Central Catholic star quarterback Tino Sunseri called the Louisville coach and gave him the good news.

Sunseri, the son of current Carolina Panthers assistant Sal Sunseri, threw for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior, completing 65 percent of his passes. He held offers from Florida State, USF, and Southern Miss, but found everything he was looking for in Kragthorpe's Cardinal program.

"He committed to Coach Kragthope yesterday," Sunseri's mother said Saturday morning. "He just loved Louisville. He loved Coach Brohm and the new coaches and he felt very comfortable there. He felt like Louisville was a great fit."

Sunseri's father was an assistant at Louisville under former coach Ron Cooper, so he and his family have a strong familiarity with the area. The Cardinals also received a helping hand during the recruiting process from a pair of former Bobby Petrino assistants – Mike Gillhamer and Tony Levine. Gillhamer and Levine both serve with Sal Sunseri on the Carolina Panthers coaching staff.

"They were unofficially recruiting (Tino)," Sunseri's mother said. "They had nothing but good things to say about Louisville and Coach Kragthorpe and they spoke very highly of the program."

Sunseri will bring a versatile game to Louisville. He has a strong arm, but can also make plays with his feet. Boasting an extremely strong arm, Sunseri, as you'd expect from a coaches son, makes good decisions with the ball and is also fundamentally sound in his delivery.

"He was just really ready to end his recruitment and there just wasn't a downside with Louisville," said his mother.


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