Acosta wants to help Strong win championships

Chris Acosta, a 6'4, 275-pound offensive lineman from Hialeah, Florida, wasn't a popular name circulating on Louisville's recruiting radar. But the two-star lineman committed to the Cards Tuesday because he thinks Charlie Strong is going to win championships at Louisville. Acosta spoke with about his decision.

Chris Acosta, a two-star offensive lineman from Hialeah, Florida, committed to Louisville Tuesday because he is convinced the Cardinals are on the rise under Charlie Strong's direction.

"I feel like Coach Strong has put together a great coaching staff and I have a strong feeling that he's going to bring Louisville back to the Top 10 and being a powerhouse," Acosta said. "We're going to have the chance to bring the championship back to Louisville."

Acosta picked Louisville on Tuesday over several offers.

Acosta was offered a scholarship by the previous coaching staff at Louisville and had previous relationships with current assistants Kenny Carter and Vance Bedford. Acosta called Carter and line coach Dave Borbely Tuesday and told them he's going to play for Louisville.

"I was offered by Louisville before the coaching change by the old coach," said Acosta. "Once Coach Strong came in I talked to him on the phone and then I knew Coach Bedford and Coach Carter from before and I had a good relationship with the coaches. Those coaches know what they're doing, they're geniuses. I think they're at least going to bring a Big East championship to Louisville."

Carter will make an in-home visit with Acosta Wednesday evening and the talented offensive lineman is scheduled to visit Louisville this week with teammate Ravonne Carter, a 5'10 cornerback.

"I don't care who lines up in front of me on the field," Acosta said. "I'm going to try to dominate my man every single play. I'll block until the whistle blows. I'm really aggressive and play hard every day."

Acosta continues Louisville coach Charlie Strong's raid on Florida talent. Since taking over the Cardinals in December, Strong has landed 11 new commitments - five from Florida.

Acosta was ranked the No. 5 offensive lineman in Miami-Dade County by the Miami Herald. Torrian Wilson, who committed to Louisville this weekend, is the No. 1-rated offensive lineman on the list.

Here is's evaluation of Acosta:

"Impressive prospect who is considered one of the top olinemen in Florida. Tough mean streak, passionate about the game, never takes a play off. First one in the weight room last to leave. Hard worker as about intense on the field as they come. Big and athletic."

Acosta benches 345-pounds and squats 415-pounds. His forty time is reported at 5.3. He also is solid in the classroom with a reported 2.8 GPA and 18 ACT test score.

With the addition of Acosta, Louisville now has 24 commitments in the Class of 2010. Strong has made a significant recruiting impact at Louisville in a short time. Louisville has moved up to third in the Big East recruiting rankings behind Pittsburgh and West Virginia and is on the verge of breaking into the Top 40 in the nation. Before Strong's arrival at UofL, the Cardinals ranked sixth in the league and in the 60's nationally.

An unheralded prospect, Acosta said he had offers from UConn, Southern Miss, FAU, Tennessee State, Buffalo, Illinois State. He visited FAU last weekend.

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