Louisville, Ky. - The University of Louisville football program has signed 23 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the 2009 season, head coach Steve Kragthorpe announced Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period. He also released the four newcomers who enrolled in school back in January.
The 2009 class consists of players from eight different states, including seven from the state of Florida and six from California. The Cardinals also gained commitments from Texas, Maryland, Kentucky, Virginia, Georgia and Mississippi.
Facing a need to add depth on the defensive side of the football, the Cardinals went out and signed 15 players on defense, including six defensive backs, two linebackers, fi ve defensive linemen, and two players who are listed as athletes. Louisville shored up the defensive line by signing three junior-college standouts in Joseph Townsend (San Jose, Calif.), Tim High (Compton, Calif.) and Malcolm Tatum (Perkinston, Miss.)
Townsend and Tatum are both enrolled in class and going through the Cardinals' winter workout program. High is another talented JUCO player from El Camino who also played one season at UNLV. The Cardinals also landed talented defensive linemen in Roy Philon (Lexington, Ky.) and Malcolm Mitchell (Stone Mountain, Ga.)
The Cardinals landed some talented players in the secondary in Champ Lee (Lakeland, Fla.), Preston Pace (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Titus Teague (Pomana, Calif.), Shenard Holton (Bowling Green, Ky.) and Zed Evans (Seagoville, Texas).
Horace Miller (Baltimore, Md.) and Mike Privott (Norfolk, Va.) are two outstanding linebacker prospects who have excellent credentials. Miller recorded a school record 29 sacks a year ago, while Privott recorded 132 tackles at Lake Taylor High School. Twins Issac Geff rad (Oakland Park, Fla.) and Jacob Geff rad (Oakland Park, Fla.) are listed as athletes, but will likely help out in the secondary or at linebacker.
Offensively, the Cardinals landed one of the nation's top junior- college quarterbacks in Adam Froman (Santa Rosa, Calif.). A fi rst team All-American, Froman threw for 3,876 yards and 40 touchdowns last season. Froman is on campus and working out with the team.
The Cardinals landed a pair of high school running backs in Jeremy Wright (Clermont, Fla.) and Boogie McCray (Norfolk, Va.). Wright was the leading rusher in Florida and rushed for 4,133 yards and 43 touchdowns in his career. McCray totaled 1,627 yards and 18 touchdowns a year ago at Lake Taylor High School.
At the wide receiver spot, Kragthorpe and staff added three talented newcomers in Damian Copeland (Bradenton, Fla.), Sean Farr (Baltimore, Md.) and Andrell Smith (Miami, Fla.). Copeland caught 52 passes for 718 yards as a senior, while Farr led Dunbar to its third state title in a row after recording a 1,000- yard receiving campaign. Smith enrolled in January after a standout career at Palmetto High School.
The Cardinals landed a pair of talented off ensive linemen in Joe Evinger (Brazil, Ind.) and Hunter Stout (Tampa, Fla.) Evinger was a junior-college All-American at the College of the Canyons, while Stout was a two-year starter at the Wharton School.