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Number One Juco Player in the Country Commits to Louisville

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Visalia (Calif.) College of the Sequoia's offensive coordinator Andy Siegal told The Courier-Journal Wednesday night that Woodny Turenne, the No. 1 junior college player in the country, will be playing football for the Louisville Cardinals next fall.

The 6-foot tall 185-pound defensive back runs a 4.35 40-yard dash, and is the first five-star recruit (Rivals) ever to commit to U of L

"Louisville is a great place for him," Siegal said. "Every (Bowl Championship Series) school was after (Turenne). Louisville is no longer the, `Well, since we can't go there or there, so I'll go to my second or third choice.

"Louisville is banging heads with all the big people and beating them on kids. (Turenne) had all the choices and he chose Louisville."

Turenne, who chose Louisville over Florida, Oklahoma State and Washington State, will officially sign with the Cardinals on Feb. 7.

Siegal, who also coached U of L players Nate Harris and Jeremy Darveau, said Turenne had over 30 scholarship offers and had serious interest from among the host of schools powers like USC, Michigan and Ohio State.

"He's a great player and a great kid with world-class speed," Siegal said.

The deciding factor in Turenne's decision, according to Siegal, was defensive coordinator Mike Cassity staying on board after the Bobby Petrino exodus.

"He was very comfortable with coach Cassity. (Turenne) had his mind made up when coach (Bobby) Petrino was there but when he stepped down I think he just had to wait and see what happened. If coach Cassity had not been retained then Woodny probably doesn't go to Louisville."

With the commitments of Turenne, and Florida running back Bilal Powell, coupled with the news that (as Blocky points out in his diary) Willie Williams is all set to become a Cardinal, I'd say it's been a pretty tremendous week for the Kragthorpe regime.

Louisville football is so done.

God I can't believe we have to wait seven and-a-half months.