Signing Day Superlatives

Louisville signed a mixture of junior college and high school prospects in its 2009 recruiting class. Who is Louisville's top prospect? Which player can break a game open with a big play? Who's the top sleeper? Here, in our estimation, is the cream of the Cardinals recruiting crop.

TOP PROSPECT: Adam Froman, QB, Santa Rosa C.C. (Santa Rosa)
Froman started just one year at quarterback in junior college but he made the most of that opportunity, throwing for a state-best 3,876 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. Froman has ideal size (6-3, 215), outstanding speed (4.5 forty) and led his team to an 8-3 record, in addition to a bowl win over No. 2 Sierra C.C. Froman, who is on campus and will participate in spring practice, might be the frontrunner to replace Hunter Cantwell among a group that includes Tyler Wolfe, Justin Burke and Zack Stoudt.

Jeremy Wright brings big play
ability to the UofL offense.

OFFENSIVE MVP: Jeremy Wright, RB, East Ridge (Clermont, FL)
Wright didn't have any big-time offers because of his 5-9, 175-pound size but the guy looks like a big-time talent. Despite his size, Wright has proven a durable runner, carrying about 30 times per game last season and only fumbling once on the year. One of the most prolific rushers in Florida state history, Wright rushed for 4,133 career yards and 43 touchdowns. As a senior, Wright rushed for a state-high 2,707 yards and 28 touchdowns and earned MVP honors in the Central Florida All-Star game. He possesses 4.5 speed, is explosive through hole, and can make catches out of the backfield and break tackles.

DEFENSIVE MVP: Mike Privott, LB, Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA)
At 5-10, Privott is definitely undersized for the middle linebacker position. But there's no questioning his ability to make plays – and tackles. Rated the No. 35 MLB prospect in the country, Privott recorded 132 tackles as a senior and 133 as a junior. Virginia's Eastern District Player of the Year as a junior, Privott also recorded 11 sacks his final two years in high school. Privott chose Louisville over West Virginia, UConn, Maryland, NC State and Virginia.

GAME-CHANGER: Sean Farr, WR, Dunbar (Baltimore, MD)
Though not blessed with blazing speed – Farr has been timed in the high 4.5's – Farr has the ability to make big plays downfield. A two-star prospect, Farr recorded more than 2,000 yards receiving his final two years in high school, including 49 catches for 1,383 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior, averaging a whopping 28 yards per reception. An All-Metro selection, Farr caught three touchdown passes in the 2007 state title game. Farr played in Maryland's Crab Bowl as a senior.

TOP SLEEPER: Joe Townsend, DT, Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, CA)
Joe Townsend has big-time talent. That's why Nebraska was excited to receive a verbal commitment a while back and why North Carolina was happy he signed with the Tarheels in '08. Here's why we'll classify him as the top sleeper in Louisville's recruiting class – Townsend could win a starting spot at defensive tackle next season despite playing competitive football just one season in the past four years. At 6-4, 310, Townsend has NFL-potential – his brother used to play for the New Orleans Saints – and moves well for a lineman with his size.

SIGNING DAY SURPRISE: Boogie McCray, RB, Lake Taylor (Norfolk, VA)
Though it didn't come as much surprise to insiders, McCray was the only prospect to commit to the Cardinals on National Signing Day. Still, he's an interesting prospect. A big back, Steve Kragthorpe said the 6-2 McCray could get up to 235 pounds without losing any speed. In a backfield of mighty-mights, McCray could be the bruiser running back in short yardage and goal line situations for the Cardinals. Virginia's Eastern District POY, McCray knows how to find the end zone, rushing for 18 touchdowns and more than 1,500 yards last season.

ONE THAT GOT AWAY: DeQuin Evans, DE, Pearl River (Jacksonville, FL)
There's a bunch of guys that could fit here. Texas QB Ryan Mosakowski. Florida RB Dontae Aycock. Georgia DT Deion Roberson. But we'll go with Evans because Louisville desperately wanted to add his name to their list on signing day. Not only did the Cardinals lose a close recruiting war at the last minute for Evans – they lost to heated rival Kentucky. Evans would have provided needed depth on a defensive line depleted by the loss of three starters and might have challenged for a starting job at end.

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