Josh Bellamy, a junior college wide receiver from Butte C.C., will sign with the Cardinals next week.
"I verbaled to Louisville," Bellamy said. "I told everybody on the visit I was coming. South Florida wanted me to come and talk to the head coach before I took the visit and I didn't go over there and they were upset. Coach Strong came down a day or two ago to talk and my mom and grandmother liked him. It went real good."
Bellamy, who made an official visit to Louisville last weekend, was also considering USF. Bellamy's cousin, Preston Pace, plays cornerback for the Cardinals.
"I enjoyed my visit," Bellamy said. "I just got to chill with my cousin Preston [Pace] and talk with the coaches. Coach Strong asked Preston about me and he brought me up for a visit. I've known Coach Strong when he was at Florida and they were recruiting me when they were at Florida."
In two seasons at Butte (CA) College, the 6'1, 205-pound Bellamy had 80 catches for 1,307 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Bellamy was set to attend South Florida next season until Jim Leavitt's firing earlier this month. When the Bulls changed coaches and brought in ECU head coach Skip Holtz, Bellamy started looking around because Leavitt was the main reason he committed to the Bulls.
"I was going to South Florida because of Coach Leavitt," Bellamy said. "I didn't have a connection with anybody else but Coach Leavitt. He recruited me and gave me a second chance after I committed to Iowa State. But when he got fired it screwed up everything."
Bellamy's road to Division 1 has been complicated.
The 6'2, 205-pound wide receiver originally signed with South Florida in 2007 out of Gulf Port, Florida. Forced to go the junior college route due to academics, Bellamy signed with Iowa State last year but didn't enroll because he fell one course short academically.
This year, Bellamy returned to Florida to finish up his associate degree and intended to play for USF next season. That fell through when Jim Leavitt was unexpectedly dismissed.