ITV visits with WR commitment Todd Brigman

As first reported by Inside theVille on January 2nd, WR Todd Brigman committed to play for the Cardinals.

Wide receiver Todd Brigman of Lincoln High School in Tallahassee committed to Louisville when visiting with new offensive coordinator and receivers coach Paul Petrino on the telephone while watching the Sugar Bowl on New Year's Day.

Prior to being contacted by both Paul and head coach Bobby Petrino, Brigman's only contact with Louisville came in the form of a few letters.

"I had received a few letters from Louisville, but never really heard from them until coach Petrino went there," said Brigman, who is fully qualified. "Coach Petrino was recruiting me while at Auburn. He came to practice and a game. Then we he went to Louisville, both Paul and him starting calling a lot."

The 5'9, 170-pound receiver received the nickname "White Lightning" following his victory in a middle school track race. Then in March of 2002 at the Bob Hayes track invitational in Jacksonville, Florida he ran a 100-yard preliminary clocked at 10.4 and the crowd erupted and the nickname began to resurface and has stuck since. He finished third in the final heat with a final effort of 10.69.

Brigman plans on using his speed to his advantage as often as possible, with aspirations of becoming a future kick returner for the Cardinals.

"I run my routes at full speed so I can create space and get open," said Brigman. "I'm hoping to also get a chance to return kickoffs and would like to get a chance to return punts too."

In addition to getting a speedy receiver in Brigman, the Cardinals are also getting a young man that remains focused both on and off the football field.

"I'm the type of player that when I score, I turn around and hand the ball to the official and then return to the sideline," Brigman told Inside theVille. "I'll give 100% on every play, but I to like lead by example and let others talk trash. I'm just going to work my butt off and do whatever the coaches ask me to do so I can help Louisville become better."

He's just as impressive off the field. He has continually achieved his goal of making the honor roll, participates in his church youth group and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His also keeps busy running his own business with his best friend and recent Cardinal commitment Brent Moody.

Brigman and Moody, who will compete for the starting punting position with the Cardinals this fall, have become great friends since entering high school.

"It's funny, we used to hate each other," explained Brigman. "Eventually it just clicked between us and we have been best friends since the ninth grade. We have been detailing and washing cars for two years. We have a pressure wash and go out on Saturdays cleaning and detailing cars. We hope to continue it at Louisville."

So what should one expect if they hired the combo of Brigman and Moody to service their automobile?

"We charge $30 for cars and $35 for SUV's. We do full detailing, tires, complete Armor All, hand wax and you if have leather, we'll do that as well."

Brigman looks forward to playing with his best friend for at least another four years as a Cardinal.

"We played [junior varsity] together and then joined the varsity team at the same time," Brigman said. "I told him before our last game that it would probably be the last time we would play together, but when I found out he was thinking about going to Louisville and then an hour later he committed, I got really excited about playing with him for another four years."

He hopes to contribute to the team as a freshman right away, but knows that he may be asked to redshirt.

"I don't want to redshirt, but I'll do whatever the coach asks of me," said Brigman, who will be making his official visit to Louisville this weekend. "I'm always working out so I'll be ready to go as soon as I get to Louisville. I'll come up there and get started as soon as they ask me to."

Brigman chose the Cardinals over Central Florida, LSU, Northwestern and Alabama, all of who had offered. He was also receiving a lot of interest from both Army and Navy.


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