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The Cardinal Countdown...3 Days Until Kickoff

#3 Charles Gaines

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Class: RS Freshman Ht/Wt: 5-11/188 Position: Cornerback Hometown: Miami, Fla

Louisville’s Take: Played for Telly Lockett at Miami Central High School... one of the most talented players in the state of Florida... combines elite speed with outstanding feet... type of player that demands the football... rated the 196th overall player in the country by Scout.com... three-star prospect... ranked as the 87th-best player in the state of Florida... ranked by Rivals.com as the 70th-best player in Florida and the 43rd-best receiver in the country... member of the Rivals.com Top 100 in Florida... rated by Southernpigskin.com as one of the Top 50 prospects in south Florida... helped Central win the 6-A state title with a crucial interception and subsequent touchdown return that sparked his team late in the second quarter... also finished with four receptions for 40 yards in the game...

Thoughts: Gaines has come on the scene pretty quick. Charles was a defensive player last year, holding it down during practice while he sat out during his redshirt. Over the course of the spring Gaines was moved to the offensive side of the ball for a multitude of reasons. Charlie (I call him Charlie, we're that tight) felt the DBs (Johnson, Bushell, Floyd, etc) were mature enough to handle the job…but ultimately he wanted a spark from the offense. Via a C.L. Brown article…

"I was saying to Wat (offensive coordinator Shawn Watson) and the offense, "We need to get us a guy over there that has some energy to him and somebody going to get that group of guys going." Strong said. "And that’s what Gaines has been able to do. But he’s a really good player also"

Obviously his "spark" has ignited a fire with the coaches who named him the starting "Z wide receiver" this Sunday against Kentucky. Gaines has the potential to be a real special player at UofL, especially when you look at the receiving corps over the next few seasons. Obviously, CG came to school ready to ball this year. Must have remembered his pencils, hair gel, binders…..pencils…hairgel…binders!

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Potential Nicknames: "Spark"

****BONUS COVERAGE****

#75 Sid Anvoots

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Class: Freshman Ht/Wt: 6-2/308 Position: Offensive Line Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind

Louisville’s Take: Played for Vince Lorenzano at Bishop Chatard High School... played offensive tackle... was one of the first commitments to the Cardinals... rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com... ranked as the 20th-best player in the state of Indiana and 14th by ESPN.com... tabbed as the 17th-best center in the country... rated 53rd on the offensive line by Scout.com... will look to add depth at center position at next level... stable member of the offensive line that blocked for an offense, which scored 521 points en route to a 13-2 mark... member of IHSAA 3A state championship team in 2010 and 2011... Lemming top-player award winner... great run blocker who has great hands... has the ability and size to make a big impact... has been recorded at 335 pounds in the bench press and 435 in the squat.

Thoughts: Sid Anvoots. Doesn’t it just sound like he will literally crush you with one hand? A big slow clap goes out to Sid’s parents for your naming prowess.

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Sid comes in as an offensive lineman who appeared to be getting groomed to play at center. With Romano in the fold I'm not sure how that will play out, but we will surely use his size somewhere in the years to come.While Sid may not be a mainstay on the line this year I think he has the size and potential to be a solid asset to the team for at least 3 years depending upon if they throw a redhsirt at him this year. I like the guy and the Big Boy picture above doesn't hurt his reputation at all…although I see him as more of a "Brawny Lad" type guy rather than a "Big Boy". It could really go either way.

Potential Nicknames: "Big Boy", "Mr. Universe" (Sid Anvoots: No Magnus Ver Magnusson but solid)

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