Preston Brown makes switch

Preston Brown, a 6-2, 230-pound linebacker, pulled a National Signing Day surprise Wednesday. The three-star Cincinnati commit will play in the Big East next season, just not for the hometown Bearcats.

Preston Brown, a three-star linebacker from Cincinnati (OH) Northwest, signed with Louisville on Wednesday.

"Louisville..its the place I need to be to make all my dreams come true," Brown told's Jason Higdon. "I told them on Monday and they seem to act like they knew I was coming. I really was attracted to all their confidence."

Brown committed to Cincinnati early in the process, but chose to reconsider his options after Brian Kelly departed for Notre Dame. Louisville jumped in Brown's recruitment after Strong arrived in December and quickly made an impression on the talented 6-2, 230-pound linebacker.

Brown made an official visit to Louisville three weeks ago and came away impressed. He feels thinks Strong is the coach that can help him reach his potential.

"The coaches are the type that will push me to be great instead of just good," Brown said. "I need this type of structure in my life. The Louisville program is going nowhere but up and I think me and my little league buddies (Ty Dixon, Dominique Brown) will help. I really like Coach Strong he is just a great guy. The stadium is great...I also love the speed turf and my mom loves the seat backs on the stadium seats."

Though Brown gave new UC coach Butch Jones a chance to keep him in the fold, Brown ultimately chose to play for Charlie Strong.

"They're all real nice but they seemed like they were new," Brown said of Jones' coaching staff. "At Louisville they seemed like they've been there for 10 years. They just ran smoother. Communicating with the coaches at Cincinnati they were new and fresh. At Louisville, they felt like they were more comfortable and had been there a while."

Louisville recruited Brown as a middle linebacker. He'll join fellow Cincinnati star Dominique Brown at UofL. Brown, a three-star quarterback, committed to Louisville on Monday after making an official visit last week. He was also committed to Cincinnati when Brian Kelly was the coach.

"I'm going to help put Louisville back on top," Brown said. "We are all excited to be a new part of the Louisvile family. Me and Tyon went to kindergarten together and played little league along with Dominique Brown... our team was also a black and red bird."

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