DL Amobi Okoye
Okoye, who doesn't turn 16 until June of this year, is one of the amazing stories of the 2003 recruiting class. He is more advanced in both the classroom and on the football field than many players 2-years older.
Amobi was full of excitement about his future at Louisville when I spoke with him on Monday. "I keep thinking about how good I'm going to be and how hard I'm going to work at getting even better.
"I'm looking forward to winning bowl games and helping the team get to a BCS game," continued Okoye. "I'm also looking forward to working on my academics so I have a backup in case the NFL doesn't work."
As a junior and only 14 years old, Okoye was named All-State honorable mention. He continued to improve in his final year, garnering first team All-State honors for his efforts as both an offensive and defensive lineman.
RB Kolby Smith
Kolby Smith is one of six players from the Tallahassee area that have committed to Louisville. Smith was one of the highest-rated backs in 2002, was rated by Borderwars.com as the 72nd top prospect in Florida this year.
"I'm ecstatic right now," explained Smith about his decision to come to Louisville. "I feel like I haven't even reached my potential yet. I know that by attending U of L and working with Coach Petrino and Coach Thomas that they will develop me into becoming better as a running back."
On Tuesday, Kolby was honored for his achievements in the classroom and on the football field by being awarded with the Wendy's High School Heisman Award for the Tallahassee area.
Kolby also told me that he is looking forward to playing rival Cincinnati because his sister's boyfriend has committed to play for the Bearcats.
QB Eddie Miller
As a starter the past two seasons, Eddie Miller completed 70% of his attempts, throwing for 7,423-yards, 72 touchdowns and just 23 interceptions. With those kinds of numbers comes numerous honors.
As a senior Eddie was a Fab50 Recruiting All-American, All-City by both the L.A. Coaches Association and L.A. Sportswriters, Western League co-MVP (with fellow Cardinal commitment B.J. Vickers) and CaliFlorida Bowl all-star. Recruiting analyst Max Emfinger also rated Eddie as the 3rd top athletic quarterback in the nation.
I caught up with Eddie while he was enjoying a warm day in Southern California at Knotts Berry Farm.
"I have a ton of excitement about coming to Louisville," said Miller. "Everybody is excited for us and keep saying that they are looking forward to watching us play."
Eddie, along with B.J. Vickers and Antwuan Giddens, are holding a party at the Miller's home on Wednesday, which will include a red and black cake adorned with a Cardinal logo.
WR Antwuan Giddens
While Antwuan has only played one year, he quite a bit of success competing against other Division One bound defensive backs. He had 52 catches for 1,072-yards, averaging 20.6 yards per reception.
Along with being a CaliFlorida Bowl all-star, Antwuan was also named All-City by the L.A. Sportswriters and Coaches Associations. TheInsiders.com ranks him as the 47th top receiver prospect in the country.
When asked about what he expects from moving onto playing on the collegiate level, Giddens explained that he believes that it will help him improve, not only as a player, but also as a person. "It will help me to continue to mature in life and increase my chance at being successful in everything that I do."
He also looking forward to helping Louisville football to become a consistant winner. "I want to do all I can to help the team win the league championship and get some rings."
WR B.J. Vickers
B.J. Vickers had a record breaking career at Venice Senior High School in Los Angeles totaling 165 receptions. He accounted for 3,480-yards receiving in three years, averaging 21.0 yards per reception.
Like Eddie Miller and Antwuan Giddens, Vickers was also a CaliFlorida Bowl all-star. The L.A. Coaches Association named him the Offensive Player of the Year. TheInsiders.com rank him as the 34th top receiver prospect in the county, while Fab50 Recruiting named him the top receiver in the nation.
"I'm excited and I just so grateful that I will have an opportunity to play for Louisville," said Vickers. "I can't wait to get there. I plan on helping the team to continue to win by doing as best of a job that I can."
DB Thomas Miller / DB Eric Miller
Thomas and Eric Miller are identical twins from Palm Bay High School in Melbourne Florida. Both were standout cornerbacks, with Thomas garnering second team 4A All-State honors and Eric being named All-State honorable mention.
I spoke with the twins mother on Tuesday and she told that she didn't know which, including herself, was more excited about coming to play for Louisville.
"I was I could play football, because I would be coming to Louisville too," said Ms. Miller. "They are very excited about their decision. Tomorrow is going to be one of their biggest moments in life. They can't wait to become Cardinals. We are all just so excited about becoming apart of the family at Louisville."
She went on to inform that they are all looking forward to spring because they will be attending the spring game.