Florida OL commits to Louisville

Charlie Strong tapped Port Saint Lucie, Florida Thursday for Louisville's fifth commitment from the Class of 2011. Louisville's latest commitment, a promising offensive lineman, was drawing interest from a slew of elite BCS programs before committing to the Cards.

Louisville's latest commitment, Mike Romano, comes from Port St. Lucie (FL) Treasure Coast, the same high school as 2010 signee Deon Rogers.

Romano, a promising 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman, projects as the Cardinals center of the future and drew interest from Florida State, Alabama and Miami before giving Charlie Strong a call Thursday night to commit to Louisville.

"It's awesome and its great," Romano told Scout.com's Jason Higdon. "I talked to Coach [Charlie] Strong and Coach [Kenny] Carter and they were ecstatic. I am glad that I am committed and I know Louisville is going to be a great school."

Mike Romano committed to UL Thursday night.
Romano is Louisville's fifth 2011 commitment, but the first from out of state. The Cardinals other four commitments are each from Louisville. Though Romano hasn't visited Louisville, he's planning to attend the Cards spring game next month.

"I have not visited yet but will make that happen at the spring game," Romano said. "Deon Rogers was real happy because he was trying to recruit me and it's great that we will be there together and I will have a teammate with me once I get there."

Romano said it's possible that he might enroll early at UofL. A good student, Romano owns a 3.5 grade point average in the classroom.

"Coach Strong and I have a great relationship," said Romano. "He wants me to enroll early because he thinks I can start early, both of them believe I can start as a freshman and do some good things there."

Romano, who bench presses 350 pounds, is working hard this spring preparing for his senior season.

"I am hard working and a guy that gets the job done," Romano said. "I am aggressive and a no excuses kind of player that plays everything to the whistle on every play. My mom and dad are real happy and glad that I chose Louisville so everything is good on this end."

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