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Louisville lands three-star safety

Richard "Champ" Lee, a three-star safety out of Lakeland (Fla.) Gibson, has given Louisville a verbal commitment.

Lee, who stands 6-foot-1, 190-pounds and runs a 4.59 40-yard dash, picked off five passes as a junior and was a first team All-Heartland selection heading into his senior season. He is the cousin of current Louisville running back Bilal Powell.


Despite being rated as just the 101st best safety in the country by, Lee had scholarship offers from West Virginia, South Florida, Purdue, Central Florida and Ball State.

Here's what one Florida recruiting site had to say about the newest Cardinal:

This hard-hitting safety prospect is truly unique in the fact that he can play cornerback – if needed – and with his size and strength, it seems almost unfair to see him matched against receivers who are nowhere as physical and impressive as he is.

Anyone who has watched him play, comes away impressed by what this gifted athlete can do. In the regular season, as a junior, and again this year, as a senior, here is a talent who roams the entire field. His vision is tremendous, and the very fact that he has the chance to practice against one of the best and most physical receivers in Florida, Anthony Woods.

Lee is one of those football players who use his knowledge, strength and athletic ability. he knows plenty about the game, has been taught and coached extremely well, and will certainly be one of those talents that in a few years from now, many will wonder how he ever got away from the bigger schools in Florida, who thirst of a big time playmaker with size and speed!

It was so good until the exclamation point.

Lee becomes the 18th member of Louisville's class of '09, and the fifth commitment out of the state of Florida.

And if you're still on the fence, the man goes by the name of "Champ." Come on.