Nate Nord picks Louisville

The University of Louisville has landed it's second stand out tight end of the week. three-star tight end Nate Nord picked Louisville over Miami Friday. has the scoop first....

Nate Nord, the top tight end prospect in the state of Florida, proved Friday afternoon that blood is indeed thicker than water.

"I'm a U of L Cardinal," Nord said in a text message sent to on Friday afternoon. "I just fit in here at Louisville better than anywhere else. It just felt like home and I felt more comfortable here than I did at (Miami)."

When reached by phone a few minutes later, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Boca Raton, Florida prospect confirmed the news that he'd chosen Louisville over national-power Miami.

"I loved everything about it," Nord said of Louisville. "I love the campus and the facilities, plus I have a lot of family up there.

"I'm relieved that it's over. Louisville is the place for me. In the end, my family is here and there's no way I could turn that down - playing in front of my family. I really think Louisville is an up and coming program with Coach Kragthorpe."

The nephew of Cardinal assistant Greg Nord, the three-star prosect is excited about the direction of the U of L program.

"I have a lot of faith in Coach Kragthorpe," Nord said. "I think he's going to keep U of L as an elite program."

Nord also drew scholarship offers from Miami and South Florida. Telling Miami no wasn't easy.

"That was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make," Nord said.

Nord is the sixth player to verbally commit to Louisville in the Class of 2008. He's also the second highly-ranked tight end prospect to cast his lot with the Cardinals in the past several days, joining four-star Iowa TE Ben Cotton.

"I think it's great," Nord said. "Louisville runs the double tight end (formation) and I'm real happy about it."

Mike Hughes also contributed to this story.

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