Louisville makes no pickups on signing day

Louisville went into national signing day hoping to add a few more prospects to its class.

But the Cardinals were turned down twice -- ESPN 150 linebacker Jermaine Grace chose Miami; and three-star linebacker Lamar Robbins stuck with his pledge to USF. Louisville ended up signing 17 players -- including five four-star prospects, more than any other Big East team.

Still, it had to be tough being a Louisville fan and watching what was happening at Kentucky, where coach Mark Stoops was putting together a top-40 class. You can bet the in-state recruiting battles between coach Charlie Strong and Stoops will amplify moving forward, especially with Louisville moving into a better conference.

But Cards fans do have bragging rights in one major area -- they got the top player in the state, ESPN 150 receiver James Quick. The No. 79 overall player in the nation is the highest-rated player ever to sign at Louisville, ranking No. 3 in receiving yards (4,437) and touchdowns (57) all time in the state of Kentucky.

Among the other highlights:

  • Receiver Richard Benjamin, an ESPN 300 product out of Tampa.

  • Two quarterbacks -- Kyle Bolin and Brett Nelson -- giving the Cardinals depth at that position after playing with two quarterbacks in 2012.

  • Five defensive backs, filling an area of need.

  • And eight players from the state of Florida, continuing a Strong-hold. Four of the five four-star prospects are from Florida.