Louisville lands USC transfer Campbell

It was obvious during spring practice that Louisville lacked playmakers on defense.

Well, Charlie Strong has addressed that with two apparent summer upgrades.

Former Michigan signee Demar Dorsey has pledged to play for the Cardinals. And now ex-Southern Cal linebacker Jordan Campbell says he's transferring to Louisville.

Campbell, a junior, served mostly as a backup and special-teams performer for the Trojans, registering just 16 total tackles in 17 career games. He started last season's Washington State game and had eight tackles before injuring his ankle late in the contest.

Because of the NCAA sanctions levied against USC, upperclassmen from that school can transfer to another team and be immediately eligible.

The 5-foot-11, 230-pound Campbell was ranked as the 42nd-best inside linebacker by ESPN's Scouts Inc. coming out of high school. Louisville's top two linebackers from a year ago, Jon Dempsey and Chris Campa, were both seniors. Though Campbell saw little playing time at USC, he seems talented enough to step in right away and contribute, if not start, for the Cardinals. Dorsey is in the same situation at defensive back.

So Strong might have found two defensive starters in the summertime, or at the very least a couple of playmakers. That could be a huge boost for Louisville's chances this fall.