As expected, word broke Thursday that former Miami linebacker Willie Williams will be playing for Steve Kragthorpe next season.
ESPN's Joe Schad reports that Williams, whose off-the-field troubles as a juvenile have been well documented, is being admitted to Louisville under the recommendation of Tom Jurich, who personally conducted a background check on the top-rated defensive player in the class of 2004. As with most things, if TJ says it's cool then I'm on board.
Adding more excitement to Thursday was the news that Palatka (Fl) standout Josh Miller had also committed to playing for the Cardinals.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Miller played quarterback in high school but will likely be used as a wide receiver in college. He met with Kragthorpe and U of L assistant head coach Jeff Brohm on Wednesday night and informed them of his decision.
"When I was in Louisville, I made up my mind that was the place I wanted to be. Since coach (Bob) Petrino left (to take over the Atlanta Falcons), coach Brohm took over my recruiting and stressed that they wanted me and I was the No. 1 guy they were recruiting," said Miller.
Miller originally planned to delay his decision until he had completed his campus visits, but said he would call off a Feb. 3-4 trip to Miami, which also had extended a scholarship offer
As a senior, Miller rushed for 850 yards and passed for 512 yards and was a third-team All-State utility player in AAA. He made the Florida Times-Union Super 24.
Miller's decision brings the total number of commits in Louisville's stellar class of 2007 to 11. The list consists of:
Josh Chichester (WR)
Doug Beaumont (WR/KR)
Zach Kiernan (DE)
Mark Wetterer (OG)
Dale Martin (RB)
Greg Tomczyk (OT)(OT)
Chaz Thompson (WR/DB)
Bilal Powell (RB)
Josh Miller (WR)
Woodny Turenne (CB)
Willie Williams (MLB)