JUCO safety Simien makes his choice

Terence Simien, a talented safety from San Mateo (CA) College, visited Louisville and Indiana earlier this month. Thursday, the 6-3, 205-pound defensive back signed scholarship papers with the school of his choice.

Terence Simien signed with Louisville on Thursday, choosing the Cardinals over Indiana.

"I just felt like Louisville was a better fit for me," Simien said. "Louisville had more of a city-like atmosphere. Plus, I felt like I bonded with the players and coaches better at Louisville."

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Before making his decision earlier this week, Simien visited both Indiana and Louisville. He was also planning to visit Memphis before making a decision but didn't because the Tigers "lost interest," said Simien.

Indiana's loss certainly is Louisville's gain. Simien will enroll at Louisville on July 7 and could help the Cardinals in the secondary this coming season.

"Louisville was very excited when I called and told them I was committing," Simien said. "They were very happy and are ready for me to come in there and make a difference next season for them in the secondary."

Simien will have three years to play two. Simien made 120 tackles and two interceptions in two years at San Mateo.

Simien becomes the fourth junior college defensive back to sign with Louisville in 2009, joining Butte (CA) College standouts Preston Pace, Bobby Burns and Anthony Conner.

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