Cards to add at least three JUCO's today

Wednesday is the early junior college signing day – and the Louisville Cardinals are expecting to receive at least three signatures today, including one from Santa Rosa (CA) C.C. star quarterback Adam Froman.

Adam Froman, who committed to the Cardinals last weekend on his official visit, led his team to an 8-3 season in 2008, including a 28-20 win over No. 2-ranked Sierra (CA) C.C. in the West Bank Bowl. Froman lit up Sierra for 525 yards on 35-of-61 passing with three touchdowns and was named the game's MVP. Froman threw for 401 yards in the first half against Sierra.

Froman, who threw for a state-leading 3,876 yards and 40 touchdowns passes this season, now joins a crowded quarterback picture at Louisville to replace the departing Cantwell. Froman is expected to battle juniors Tyler Wolfe and Justin Burke, sophomore Matt Simms and redshirt freshman Zack Stoudt for the starting job this spring.

"I know how many quarterbacks are there and who they are and they told me that the best guy is going to play no matter if it's the guy who has been there ten years or if it's your first day," Froman said. "The guy that's going to come in there and win ballgames and get this program back on track is the guy that's going to play. Louisville is not a school that likes to lose and is not going to put up with it so we need to go there and win ballgames and the guy that's going to do that is going to play."

Froman chose Louisville over Colorado State.


Gulf Coast C.C. DE Malcolm Tatum
will sign with Louisville
on Wednesday....

Malcolm Tatum confirmed Tuesday that he'll also sign with the Cardinals Wednesday.

A talented defensive end, the 6-foot-4, 265-pound Tatum made about 30 tackles and 9.5 sacks as a sophomore. Tatum, who was named the defensive MVP in Gulf Coast's (10-2) 41-7 Mississippi bowl win over third-ranked Georgia Military, earned second team MACJC South honors as a sophomore and is rated a two-star prospect by Scout.com.

"He's a great kid and an outstanding player," Gulf Coast coach Steve Campbell said. "He has a very strong pass rush and is very strong against the run. He's got a lot of tools. He's got a very good motor and plays extremely hard. He's the type of kid that can help take your program to the next level. He was a great player for us the last two seasons."


...so will Butte C.C. CB Preston Pace.

Tatus had offers from Louisiana-Monroe and Tulsa before committing to Louisville.

Preston Pace, a 6-1, 195-pound cornerback from Butte (CA) C.C., has proto-typical size and speed for a Division I defensive back. One of the top prospects in the California junior college ranks, Pace helped lead Butte to a 12-0 record and a junior college national championship this season.

Pace, a three-star prospect with 4.3 speed, held several offers but chose Louisville over Ole Miss, Kansas, Memphis, Akron, Hawaii and Minnesota. He'll have three years to play two, meaning he does have a redshirt available, if needed.

"I bring intensity and a lot of energy," said Pace, who also confirmed Tuesday with InsideTheVille.com that he will sign with Louisville on Wednesday. "I think I can be a leader right away. I'm ready for it and I'm pretty excited about it."

Froman, Tatum and Pace are each expected to enroll at Louisville in January.


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