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#42 Ori Jean-Charles

Class: RS Freshman

Ht/Wt: 6-1/213

Position: Defensive Back

Hometown: Monsey, NY

Twitter: @OJC_7

Thoughts: Unless you’re really deep into the recruiting circuit of Louisville football, you are probably not all that familiar with the story of Ori Jean-Charles. Ori was a dual-threat QB out of Spring Valley High School up in New York who was getting some solid D-I interest coming out of his Junior Season. He performed well at the summer camps and 7-on-7, but many schools were holding off on giving him an official offer until they saw a game or two of his senior season. Unfortunately, that tape would never come to light, as Jean-Charles played less than 5 snaps in Game 1 of his Senior season before suffering an knee injury that held him out the entire year. Most schools turned their attention elsewhere once Ori went down and the likelihood of him getting a scholarship offer was getting smaller and smaller each month that went by. Some D-II programs had contacted Ori along with a couple prep schools, but a couple D-I programs remained in contact, Marshall, and you’re very own Louisville Cardinals.

Ori and the Cards staff kept talking during his senior season keeping them informed of his injury and how he was progressing with his rehab. When it appeared that Ori was going to get back to 100% without any noticeable long terms affects the discussion heated up about getting him into the program. After working out some financial assistance from UofL on the academic side of things the athletics department was able to cover the balance of his scholarship and Ori’s offer was “officially” official. A goal he thought may no longer be attainable just months before.

Even though Ori was a QB in high school and had dreams of playing that position on the collegiate level he appeared to be open to a position change when he arrived on campus. The official roster has him slotted at defensive back right now but we’ve all seen Petrino work some magic with large and fast athletes in the past, moving them all over the field until he finds the right spot. You can check out Ori in action below and see for yourself that he is a kid who will be difficult to keep off the field during his career as a Cardinal.

Sweet Tweet:

Maybe I’m a nerd (let me rephrase that, because that is unfortunately undeniable at this point) Maybe I’m more observant than others, but Mrs. CardinalStrong unfortunately falls into the stereotypical female role of being absolutely clueless about direction. I will often say “its a few mile east of Home Depot” or “you head south a couple blocks from the Yum! Center” and without fail, I either get a blank stare or a sarcastic response about speaking “normal”. Am I alone in this? Am I only the jerk who speaks like this? For scientific purposes only, can you, an intelligent reader of countdown posts, tell me what direction the new Cardinal Stadium expansion is located on? We’ll use the honor system here so now google maps, mapquest, or handheld compasses….and I definitely wont use the results of this poll to win an argument or anything…not my style at all.


If I’m standing at the 50 yard line, what direction is the new Cardinal Stadium endzone expansion?

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