New commitment; Tight end help on the way

Needing help at tight end for the 2008 season, Steve Kragthorpe and the Louisville Cardinals scored a solid junior college commitment from El Camino (CA) College over the weekend. has the scoop on the Cardinals latest commitment.

Cameron Graham, a 6'5, 260-pound tight end from El Camino (CA) College, committed to Louisville during his visit to UofL this weekend.

"It went very well and I committed," Graham said. "I got to meet a lot with the coaches and I had a great time. I spent most of my time with Coach Nord, Coach Meyers and I met with Coach Kragthorpe twice. I loved the coaches."

Graham chose Louisville
during his visit.

As a freshman at El Camino last fall, Graham caught five passes for 82 yards in five games. While his statistics might not indicate it, Graham has big time potential, primarily because of his size and athleticism.

"I loved the school and I just felt that I fit in well with the players and coaches," added Graham. "I just had a great time out there. I can see myself being a Cardinal."

In need of help at his position, Graham saw an opportunity to play right away at Louisville this fall and snagged it.

Graham's addition could help Louisville off-set the losses of departed tight ends Gary Barnidge and Scott Kuhn, both of whom are now in NFL camps. Graham is expected to compete with sophomore Pete Nochta and senior Johnnie Burns for action at tight end this fall.

"That was big also," admitted Graham. "I feel Louisville is the place for me. I feel comfortable with the coaches and players and I feel it's the best situation for me to go in."

Graham also held an offer from Northern Illinois. Florida State, Miami, LSU and West Virginia were also involved and showing interest.

"They're going to try to get me in July 7," said Graham. "They have to make sure that all of my transferable units transfer to Louisville. So they're going to check on that tomorrow."

Graham has three years of eligibility remaining.

"I feel that I get off the jam very well," Graham recently told "I'm strong and I'm physical so I can get off the line well and when I get out of my break I'm quick so that helps me get separation and then I can be a target for my quarterback.

"This offseason I'm really working hard to get my vertical speed down to where I can be a threat from anywhere. We're doing speed drills and focused on a lot of core stuff so that is really helping me improve overall and with my speed specifically."

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