Coleman talks Louisville commitment

Lacy Coleman, a 6-5, 235-pound defensive end from Sandy Creek (GA) HS, was named the Most Valuable Player at the Combine in Atlanta earlier this spring. After making a visit to Louisville last month, Coleman decided to call the Cardinals Thursday morning to deliver some huge news. (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INCLUDED)

Lacy Coleman is headed to Louisville. The three-star, No. 59-rated defensive end called the Cardinals coaching staff Thursday morning to deliver the news.

"I decided to commit to Louisville because I like the coaches – Coach Delgado and Kragthorpe," Coleman told minutes after he called the Louisville coaches with the good news. "I felt like it was a very good decision for me to make because they had everything I needed."

Coleman said the reaction from the Cardinals was positive.

"I called them about an hour ago with my head coach, Coach Walker," Coleman said. "We got everything finalized. First, I called Coach Delgado, the defensive line coach then we spoke with Coach Kragthorpe. Everybody sounded excited."

Coleman visited Louisville in June.

Coleman had offers from West Virginia, Toledo, East Carolina, Western Michigan, South Alabama, and Western Carolina. He attended Louisville's camp last month and that experience helped move the Cardinals to the top of his list.

"When I went up to camp everything was good. I liked the coaching staff and the facilities were top of the line," said Coleman.

Louisville views Coleman as a defensive end in college. As a junior, Coleman helped lead his high school team to an 11-1 record while recording seven and a half sacks. Coleman played last season at 200-pounds but has bulked up to 235-pounds this summer.

"Their defense is sorta ran like our high school," Coleman said. "I'll be playing the same six technique in college that I do now. My quickness and the techniques that I use are my strengths. I want to play at about 240 this year."

Though he's not the fastest defensive end prospect in the south, he does have one of the quickest first steps. Coleman will need to bulk up and add strength before becoming a factor in the Big East but he possesses the ability to make an impact for Louisville.

"Lacy Coleman just beat every offensive lineman that lined up across from him during the one on ones off the ball and that led to him winning the defensive MVP award over Henry Anderson," analyst Chad Simmons said about Coleman's combine performance. "He used speed off the edge and a very good first step to get to the QB dummy before OLs could even get a hand on him at times. His 40 time was not that impressive, but his first step was. He needs to add strength, but he showed a very good get off."

Louisville has also offered two of Coleman's teammates – running back Rajion Neal and wide receiver Jarrett Davis. Coleman said he's planning to make an official visit to Louisville this fall.

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