Parker finds right fit at Louisville

Larry Parker visited Louisville this week and decided the Cardinals were a good fit. So the Grossmont (CA) College cornerback ended his recruitment with a commitment to Louisville, giving the Cardinals a late addition to their 2009 recruiting class.

As first reported, Louisville wanted an answer soon from junior college defensive back Larry Parker. The Cardinals got the answer they were looking for from Parker on Wednesday while the Grossmont C.C. product was on his official visit.

"I committed to Louisville," Parker told "I came here and met with the coaches and I just liked it a lot. I liked the people, the players and the facilities so I decided to join them."

As a redshirt freshman at Grossmont in 2008, Parker played both corner and safety, posting 42 tackles, four interceptions and six passes defensed while also returning one punt for a touchdown, averaging 14.5 yards per return.

With 4.5 forty speed and a 36-inch vertical, Parker expects he'll compete for time at cornerback next fall for Louisville. The Cardinals are a little thin and inexperienced at the position and – at the very least – Parker should provide more depth at corner.

"I can diagnose well," Parker said. "When I figure out where the ball is going, I can break on it quickly whether it's in front of me or whether I need to turn and run."

Parker said he had an opportunity to play at BYU, San Jose, Houston and San Diego State next season. He visited most of the schools before accepting his lone offer from a BCS school. Having played just one season at Grossmont, Parker will have three years of remaining eligibility.

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