Salmon finalizes decision

Randy Salmon signed with Louisville two years ago out of Stockbridge, Ga. The junior college defensive tackle visited Tulsa this weekend but a phone call Monday with Charlie Strong helped solidify his college decision.

Randy Salmon visited Tulsa this weekend and was strongly considering the Golden Hurricane. But a conversation Monday afternoon with Louisville coach Charlie Strong, plus a discussion with his sister, helped solidify Salmon's decision to play for the Cardinals.

Salmon signed with Louisville two years ago, but was forced to go the junior college route for academic reasons. With a coaching staff change at Louisville last month, Salmon didn't know if he still fit into the Cardinals plans for next season. But Salmon learned from Strong that Louisville still wants him in the fold.

"I talked to him quite a bit," Salmon said. "The conversation went good. I talked with him and I told him that I'm going to Louisville. I already made an official visit to Louisville in September so I won't be able to do that and meet Coach Strong but I might drive to Florida to meet with him when he's down there for the bowl practices. He said he's going to overnight me the papers today and I'm going to return them this week."

The Cardinals have a serious need at defensive tackle and Salmon could compete for a starting job during spring practice. He graduates in December from Hutchinson (KS) C.C. and will enroll at Louisville in January.

"He was happy when I told him I was going to come to school," Salmon said. "The first time I talked with him was Saturday. I was liking Tulsa but I'm sure I want to go to Louisville now. Me and my sister talked about it [today]. Coach Strong sold me because of his [background] and what he's done."

Salmon believes Strong will help him reach his goals.

"He's confident about what he has to do," Salmon said. "He said if I come in and work I should play next season. I told him I want to be an impact guy and that I have aspirations of making it to the league and he said he was going to help me with that. He said if I work hard he can help me make it to the league because he's got a lot of connections and he's put a lot of players in the NFL."

Salmon helped lead Hutchinson to a 7-4 record this season, including a bowl victory over New Mexico Military Institute. Salmon made 17 tackles, one sack and had two quarterback hurries as a sophomore.

"I believe I had a real good season," Salmon said.

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