Biven gives Louisville good news

Owensboro (KY) Apollo offensive lineman Harris Bivin was in Louisville over the weekend for the state track meet and decided to give Steve Kragthorpe's Cardinals some good news while in town.

Harris Biven, a 6-foot-3, 304-pound lineman, verbally committed to Louisville – the only program to step forward with a scholarship offer this spring – this weekend.

"I committed Friday when I went up there to show my mom the campus," Biven told "It's just the best opportunity there for me. They don't want to redshirt me. They want me to come in and play. I'm pretty happy with it. They see me playing either (offensive) guard or center."

While in town, Biven met with Kragthorpe and assistant Greg Nord. The Louisville coaches were hoping to land a commitment from the Owensboro standout lineman and got their man.

"I was sitting and talking with Coach K and Coach Nord and my mom and dad and we were talking about me committing," Biven said. "Coach K asked me when I would be able to make a decision and I told him I was ready to make it (Friday). He jumped up off the couch, shook my hand and seemed pretty excited too."

Though Louisville was the only program to offer Biven, Kentucky and Tennessee were showing strong interest. "UK and Tennessee said that if I came to their camp they would offer," said Biven. "Coach K and I talked about those camps and he said there's no need for me to go to those camps. I'm committed to Louisville and I'm not going to back out."

Biven finished second in the shot put and fifth in the discus in the state championship. This summer, he'll spend his time preparing for his final high school season. "This summer I'm just going to make my high school team better so we can win more games," Biven said. "I just want to focus on my senior season and getting stronger."

Biven is the first 2010 high school prospect to commit to Louisville. The Cardinals also expect junior college defensive lineman Randy Salmon to enroll in January. Salmon signed with Louisville in 2008.

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