Louisville adds stud Three-Star Safety

The University of Louisville is committed to getting better on the defensive side of the ball. With three commitments for the defense already Coach Kragthorpe and his staff have hit a homerun with their fourth commitment in Warren East (KY) Safety Shenard Holton.

For some athletes milking the spot light and enjoying the widespread attention that comes with being a highly recruited high school superstar is intoxicating. But for others like Warren East (KY) Safety Shenard Holton the process was not what he was looking for. And to that end Holton decided to make it official and become the fourth member of the University of Louisville's 2009 recruiting class.

"It was a hard decision to come to, but I wanted to go ahead and make my decision so I could concentrate on my senior season. They (Louisville) have been the favorite in my mind since they offered me," said Holton. "When I went to camp there I really enjoyed myself and everything. And I just continued to talk to Coach Nord all the time, almost every day actually. I know they needed DBs and I know I can play at that level. So in knew that Louisville was the fit for me and I went ahead and committed."

Shenard participated in the University of Louisville's positional camps back in June and came away very impressed with the facilities. Holton enjoyed himself so much in fact that he found himself daydreaming.

"I liked the feeling I had when I walked into there. I really liked the facilities, the weight room, and everything. When I walked on to the field I imagined myself playing in that stadium and I really liked that," said Holton.

During his recruitment long time assistant coach Greg Nord was charged as the primary recruiter for Shenard and that was the right move according to Holton.

"He is a down to earth kind of guy, and he's a jokester. It was like when we talked we had know each other a really long time and that really kicked things off well between us," said Holton.

To the field Holton brings an aggressive hard-hitting style of play that will definitely fit the brand of football that new Defensive Coordinator Ron English is trying to establish. Racking up a mind boggling 147 tackles 4 interceptions 2 forced fumbles Holton's smash-mouth attitude will be a welcome addition. And Shenard says that he has what it takes to help Louisville to the top of the mountain.

"I think I am bringing a player that works hard and gives everything that he's got. I want to help Louisville get to that next level. And help them to win another championship," said Holton.

Now the newest Cardinal will put on his recruiter's hat and start selling the Louisville brand to some of the players he would like to have playing along side him. One such recruit is Lone Oak (KY) WR Jamarielle Brown as previously reported by insidetheville.com. Shenard also let us in on a couple of other targets he will be recruiting as well.

"Jamarielle is my boy we talk a lot, and he is a player that I am interested in playing with. We play against each other in high school and he is a really good player. And he told me he wants to commit to Louisville since I did," said Holton. "I have a couple of players that I know that go to Bowling Green High that I will be talking to also. There is a running back (Tevin Barksdale) down there that if he gets an offer from Louisville then I am going to push them hard on him. And also their defensive tackle (Elijah Young) down there I am going to talk to him too."

So not only is Louisville getting a gem on the field, but also possibly a talent evaluator as well. Shenard chose Louisville after receiving heavy interest of the University of Kentucky as well.


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