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Today marks the first day of the early college basketball signing period, and while college basketball's national signing day (or days) isn't nearly as exciting as its football counterpart, it is always comforting to have things in writing.

Four of Louisville's five verbal commitments for the class of '08 are expected to sign of letter-of-intents today. Only Evansville sharpshooter Kyle Kuric has said he will wait until the spring signing period to put his commitment in ink.

Rick Pitino's recruiting class is already being tabbed by some as the second best in the country, and is expected to be a near unanimous number one if American Christian (PA) superstar Tyreke Evans decides to take his game to the Derby City.

For those interested, C-J recruiting guru Jody Demling is live blogging the entire day. His latest entry reveals that Notre Dame Prep seniors Melquan Bolding and Terrence Jennings will both sign with Louisville at a private ceremony this afternoon.

"We do it here and get the letters off right away," Hurd said. "We'll have some logistics to work out because the parents need to sign. We have five kids signing (Division I scholarships)."

Hurd, whose team is off to a 5-0 start, said Jennings and Bolding are both pumped up about the prospects of being a member of the U of L program.

"They are sincerely excited," Hurd said. "They are working so hard here and taking care of business because they know what's ahead of them."

Stay tuned.

UPDATE: Louisville has received the paperwork for both Jared Swopshire and Samardo Samuels.

UPDATE DOS: Jared Swopshire (and his awesome afro) have signed.

Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy forward Jared Swopshire signed with the University of Louisville this morning and said he can't wait to play for Rick Pitino.

"It's such a great feeling," Swopshire said. "I have been looking forward to this for a while."

The 6-foot-7 Swopshire is a native of Saint Louis and has a huge upside. He's a top-100 player that could turn out to be a huge sleeper pick up for the Cardinals.

Also, Mike Hughes of InsidetheVille.com is now reporting that Melquan Bolding won't sign until the spring period.