Louisville lands first '09 commitment

Louisville is now on the board in a big way with their first verbal commitment from the Class of 2009. Needing help at linebacker, the Cardinals picked up three-star Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor standout Mike Privott, Scout.com's No. 25-rated middle linebacker prospect, Tuesday night.

Louisville is now on the board with their first verbal commitment from the Class of 2009. Needing help at linebacker, the Cardinals picked up three-star Norfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor standout Mike Privott Tuesday night.

"I committed last night to the Cardinals," Privott told InsideTheVille.com in a text message Wednesday morning. "I felt real comfortable with the coaching staff. I'm a big Michigan fan and when I found out Louisville had their defensive coordinator, Ron English, I wanted to play for him. So I feel real comfortable with this decision."


Mike Privott called Steve Kragthorpe Tuesday
night and committed to Louisville.

At 6-0, 225-pounds, Privott, who made 135 tackles as a junior, is rated Scout.com's No. 25 middle linebacker prospect nationally. Privott chose Louisville over offers from North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Connecticut, Maryland and NC State.

Ready to end his recruitment, Privott spoke with Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe Tuesday night and verbally committed to the Cardinals.

"Last night I called coach Eric Lewis and he told me to call the head coach, Coach K," Privott said. "So when I talked with him he sounded like a very good coach and he told me he needed a linebacker that could come in and play as a freshman. So when he told me that it felt real good and it was a no-brainer that I was coming to Louisville."

Privott was named first team All-State as a junior by the Associated Press.

"I'm coming in to stop the run and force teams to pass the ball," Privott said. "This year I'm a senior captain and I wanted to get my decision behind me. With the recruiting stuff out of the way I can focus on my team and senior season."

Privott said he plans to attend a one-day camp at Louisville this summer. A bit under-sized, Privott fits the mold of former UofL standout Lamar Myles.

"Privott has his critics, partly because of his height, but what he lacks in size he more than makes up for in heart," said Scout.com analyst Bob Lichetenfels. "Privott gives everything on the field and is very athletic. He looks very solid in coverage."


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