Louisville now has seven commitments from the state of Ohio after tight end Devin Pike and defensive end Terry Ramsey verbally committed to the Cardinals. Both are three star prospects with Ramsey picking the Cards over West Virginia, UK, Michigan State and others and Pike passing on offers from Virginia, Illinois and BC. Louisville's class stands at 22 commitments. Easily the most they've had at this point in the Charlie Strong era.
Pike is ranked as the 45th best tight end prospect according to the 247 composite. He is a big kid at 6-5 225 but it is immediately obvious that he can add some bulk to his frame when you watch his film. He is a very sound player technically and is an above average athlete. My immediate thoughts were Gary Barnidge when I first watched his film. He's somewhat lanky and he won't beat anyone in a footrace, but he's always open and has a nice skill set for Shawn Watson's system. Wat was his lead recruiter which is always a good sign to me. Coaches always know what kids work in their system so it bodes well that he was handpicked by the offensive coordinator.
Louisville gets another long, athletic defensive end that plays with a great motor. Ramsey is also 6-5 225 and uses his length better than any end I've seen Louisville get since Lorenzo Mauldin. He fights off blocks and stands his ground very well and uses his speed to chase down plays. He will have to improve on getting more of a push at the next level, however, because he won't be able to just chase running backs like he does in high school. He might not be the pass rusher fellow commit Rashawn Shaw is, but he can definitely play the run better and that is just as needed for this defense. Ramsey lands at number 26 on 247's composite for strong side defensive ends.