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Louisville football recruiting: JUCO defensive tackle Chris Williams commits

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Louisville got another Sunday morning commitment, this time from former Ole Miss signee and junior college defensive tackle Chris Williams.

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Louisville got some much needed short-term help along the defensive line when junior college defensive lineman Chris Williams committed to the Cardinals after visiting for the Virginia game. With the Louisville defensive line set to lose all three senior starters, recruiting efforts have been focused on both four year prospects and at least one immediate impact defensive lineman. The Louisville staff appears to have found its man in Williams.

Williams was a composite three-star defensive tackle out of Sandy Creek (GA) High School in the class of 2014 where he played alongside JaQuay Savage and Shaq Wiggins. He originally signed with Ole Miss after choosing the Rebels over offers from Kentucky, Texas A&M, Tennessee, Mississippi State and a host of other schools across the region. Williams will graduate from junior college in December and enroll at Louisville in January, allowing him to participate in spring practice in 2016.

Louisville has done a very good job blending high school prospects and both two and three year junior college players to help soften the blow of an inherited roster that tilted heavily to seniors and suffered several early departures to the NFL in 2014. Williams will join GG Robinson (currently redshirting), James Hearns, Drew Bailey, Johnny Richardson, and Kyle Shortridge in spring as well as high school signees Tabarius Peterson, Michael Boykin, Caleb Tillman, and Derek Dorsey. Depth and versatility across that group of players will ensure the defensive front remains a strength for Louisville football going forward.