"He talked with Coach (Matt) Wells and Coach Kragthorpe around 5 o'clock this evening and committed," Rocco's father, Frank, told InsideTheVille.com. "It is official."
Rocco, who threw for nearly 2,100 yards and 24 touchdowns with seven interceptions as a junior, also had an offer from Liberty. Rocco also considered a conditional offer from UNC and a greyshirt opportunity at Penn State. As a sophomore, Rocco threw for 2,200 yards and nearly 30 touchdowns, while completing 70 percent of his passes to earn all-state honors. He completed 66 percent of his throws as a junior.
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"It really came down to people," Rocco said. "Coach Kragthorpe and Coach Wells were just the kind of people we were looking for. They were very hospitable and warm.
"We also love the fit for Mike in Louisville's offense. Mike plays in a one-back, multi-formation offense. As we watched some of the things that they do it was very similar to what Mike does in high school. So it was a very comfortable fit that way."
Rocco attended Louisville's camp last month and picked up an offer from the Cardinals shortly after. Last weekend, Rocco and his family made another visit to Louisville before calling the UofL coaching staff to announce his decision.
"We brought the whole family out there this weekend," Rocco said. "We had a chance to spend the weekend there and see the city and get to know the people even more. We feel good about it."
Rocco is the tenth prospect from the Class of 2010 to give the Cardinals a verbal commitment. Rocco also received interest from Wake Forest.
"We feel like Louisville is going to get that thing going the way it needs to be," Rocco said. "There was a lot of excitement around the building and it was a good feeling."