Louisville lands three-star CB Kirk

Eric Robinson-Berry, a speedy defensive back committed to Louisville early Friday. While watching practice Friday afternoon, three-star Jasper, Ala. corner Jacquese Kirk told Charlie Strong he wanted to join the party. InsideTheVille.com has another breaking recruiting scoop.

Jacquese Kirk, a three-star cornerback from Jasper (AL) Walker, had a hunch he might pull the trigger on a college decision during his visit to Louisville.

Friday, just before Louisville began football practice, the 6'0, 175-pound Kirk walked up to Charlie Strong and told the UofL coach he wanted to become a Cardinal.

"We were out here at practice and I told Coach Strong 'this is where I want to be for the next four years,'" Kirk said. "Once I told him he gave me big hug and told me he was excited I committed. And all the other coaches came over a telling me they were excited I wanted to be a Cardinal."

Jacquese Kirk committed to Louisville during his visit Friday afternoon.
Louisville assistant Mike Groh laid the groundwork for the Cardinals with Kirk. He's maintained regular contact with Kirk for the past month or two and worked hard to get him up to Louisville for a visit.

"I had some other options but Coach Groh and I have been talking a lot and have built a great relationship," Kirk said. "He's been trying to get me up for a visit but I had to keep postponing. I decided to come up this week and I just decided to commit."

Kirk is the second cornerback to commit to Louisville on Friday, joining Indianapolis standout Eric Robinson-Berry. Kirk arrived in Louisville for his visit Friday morning and saw enough to commit to the Cardinals by this afternoon.

"We got here early [Friday] and talked to the coaches," Kirk said. "They gave me a tour of campus and I liked the atmosphere of campus. I also talked to the strength coach and he seemed like a nice guy and could put a little weight on me. Then I talked to my position coach and he told me how it would be if I committed there."

As a junior, Kirk had 61 tackles, three interceptions, three blocked kicks and five receiving touchdowns. Kirk visited Vanderbilt and Alabama this spring. He had offers from Arkansas, Vanderbilt and South Alabama.

"My dad said he was proud that I made the decision where to go to college without anybody's help," Kirk said. "I have a few visits that I was supposed to take that I'll probably take but this is where I want to be."

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