Louisville adds pair of late JUCO's

Louisville added some needed depth in the secondary for the 2009 season Tuesday when a pair of defensive backs from Butte (CA) C.C. - Anthony Conner and Bobby Burns - accepted offers during their official visits.

Butte (CA) C.C. Anthony Conner and Bobby Burns committed to Louisville Tuesday while visiting the Cardinals.

Burns and Conner arrived in Louisville Monday for their official visit without a scholarship offer from the Cardinals. Tuesday, Steve Kragthorpe offered both players, who immediately committed to Louisville. Both players said they'll enroll at Louisville in early July. Burns said he is currently finishing a summer class at Butte C.C.

"I committed to Louisville because this is a nice place to be and they already made me feel like part of the team already," Conner said. "I just liked the environment. Coach (Larry) Slade and Coach (Brent) Guy showed us around and we had a great time. I liked the DB coach they made us feel welcome."

"Coach K offered me today and I committed," the 5-11, 180-pound Burns added. "I committed to Louisville mainly because of Coach Slade. He's a real good DB coach and I feel like he can make me better and teach me a lot of new things. He came from Tennessee and coached at Texas A&M and Washington and I think he can really help the secondary."

Conner, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound cornerback with 4.45 40-speed, made 43 tackles and seven interceptions as a starter at left corner last season on Butte's national championship team. Burns also played cornerback, recording 20 tackles and an interception. Another Louisville signee – CB Preston Pace – also played for Butte C.C.

"He (Slade) wants me to come in and be a potential starter at corner," Conner said.

Conner was also being recruited by Idaho and Tulsa. Conner will have three years to play two. Burns visited South Dakota in May and said that Idaho was also recruiting him.

"(Slade) said if we come in we can play more man to man next year because we'll have more speed in the secondary," said Burns.

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