Football announces 2013 recruiting class

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The official University of Louisville release for the football programs 2013 recruiting class.

Willie Bailey
CB • 6-2 • 172
Hallandale • Hallandale High • Florida
High School and Personal Data: Transfer from the University of Florida... enrolled at Louisville in January ... enrolled at Florida in January of 2012... will sit out the 2013 season due due to NCAA transfer rules ... three-star recruit ... attended Hallandale High School ... played for Dameon Jones... rated the No. 24 cornerback in the country by ESPN.com ... selected as the No. 77 high school player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com ... selected to the AP Class 5A All-State second team as a defensive back ... talented defensive back with good size ... led Hallandale to a 6-4 record as a senior. . received offers Florida, Miami, North Carolina and USF.

Richard Benjamin
CB • 6-1 • 195
Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay Technical)
High School and Personal Data: Ranked as a four-star prospect by ESPN.com ... rated a four-star recruit by Scout and Rivals.com ... ranked by Big County Preps as a top 49 player ... rated as the No. 38 wide receiver and No. 46 in Florida by ESPN.com ... ranked 246th on the ESPN 300 list ... participated in the Under Armour Combine ... two-way athlete who could play both wide receiver and in the secondary ... played both wide receiver and running back ... named the Most Valuable Player of the 58th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star game ... registered three interceptions in the contest ... recorded 35 receptions for 509 yards and five touchdowns as a senior ... registered 718 rushing yards and another six touchdowns on 103 carries ... totaled four interceptions ... finished the season at 7-4, losing to Durant in the 7A Regional Quarterfinals ... originally committed to Central Florida ... received offers from Clemson, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Central Florida, Vanderbilt, West Virginia.

Kyle Bolin
QB • 6-3 • 185
Lexington, Ky. (Lexington Catholic)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Bill Letton at Lexington Catholic High School ... rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and 247Sports ... three-star recruit by Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... rated as the No. 4 prospect in Kentucky by Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... ranked as the No. 17 quarterback by Scout.com ... rated as the No. 30 quarterback by ESPN.com ... passed for 7,038 yards and 63 touchdowns during career ...was 27-of-40 for 269 yards in a loss to Ensworth (Tenn.) ... completed 113 of 207 passes for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns with six interceptions before tearing ACL in a win over Boyle County ... also rushed for 187 yards and four touchdowns ... completed 211-of-366 passes for 3,088 yards, 29 touchdowns and only 11 picks during junior season and led team to the state finals ... rushed for 300 yards and five scores as a junior ... was the first sophomore to win the school's Most Valuable Offensive Player of the Year and the Coaches Award ... attended the National Underclassmen Football Combine ... played in the eighth grade Army All-American game ... attended the Columbus Elite 11 camp ... received offers from Kentucky, Cincinnati and Illinois.

Chandler Bridges
OL • 6-4 • 270
Flowery Branch, Ga. (Flowery Branch)
High School and Personal Data: Three-star recruit by ESPN.com and Scout.com … two-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com … ranked No. 85 by Scout.com … played two games before tearing ACL during his junior season ... physical blocker who has the size to play either tackle or guard at the next level … committed to Louisville back in June … chose Louisville over Southern Mississippi and Western Carolina among others.

Lyn Clark
LB• 6-2 • 225
New Orleans, La. (O. Perry Walker)
High School and Personal Data: Three-star prospect by 247Sports… two-star recruit by ESPN.com, Scout.com and Rivals.com… ranked as the No. 57 inside linebacker by 247Sports.com… named to the All-New Orleans Area Large School teams… also named to All-District team and was an honorable mention for the Class 4A All-State football team… had over 100 tackles as a senior… has good size and speed for a linebacker… originally committed to Tulane… also chose Louisville over Louisiana Tech.

Donel Elam
S• 6-1 • 200
Orange Park, Fla. (Fleming Island)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Frank Hall ... rated a four-star prospect by ESPN.com ... ranked as the 91st outside linebacker by Scout.com ... three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports... ranked as the No. 31 outside linebacker and the No. 72 prospect in Florida by ESPN.com… committed in February… named to the Florida Times Union Super 24… effective run stopper… has the speed to make plays all over the field… has good size for the collegiate game… can also play in the secondary… chose Louisville over FIU, West Virginia and Western Kentucky among others.

Cameron Fraser
OL • 6-4 • 290
Phenix City, Ala. (Central)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Woodrow Lowe ... ranked as a three-star prospect by Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com ... rated as a two-star recruit by Rivals.com ... rated as the No. 80 offensive tackle in the class by Scout.com ... ranked as the No. 29 prospect out of Alabama by Rivals.com ... selected for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic ... originally played basketball and did not join football team until sophomore year ... has a great work ethic which allowed him to learn the technique of the position quickly… has long arms, providing leverage on opposing defensive linemen … originally committed to USF… chose Louisville over UAB, Ole Miss and Arkansas among others.

Keith Kelsey
LB• 6-1 • 217
Gainesville, Fla. (Gainesville)
High School and Personal Data: Ranked as three-star prospect across the board by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... rated as the No. 33 middle linebacker in the class by Scout.com ... ranked as the No. 46 inside linebacker by ESPN.com and the 146th-best player in the state of Florida ... has the speed to make plays all over the field… has good size for a linebacker ... steady tackler... named first team All-State as a senior ... credited with 193 tackles, including 6 ½ sacks, forced five fumbles and blocked two field-goal tries as a senior for the Class 6-A state runner-up ... recorded 14 tackles in the state title game ... guided Gainesville to a 14-1 record and a loss to Miami Central in the state finals ... selected first-team All-State by The Associated Press ... finished junior season with 164 tackles, four interceptions, and two fumble recoveries ... Keith Sr., played linebacker for Florida in the 1990s and has known U of L coach Charlie Strong for years ... helped the Gators win the 1996 national title ... received offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Duke, Florida Atlantic, Minnesota, Purdue, Wake Forest, Utah, Central Florida, South Carolina, Temple and Iowa State.

Skylar Lacy
OL • 6-6 • 290
Indianapolis, Ind. (Southport)
High School and Personal Data: Played under coach Bill Peebles ... rated as a three-star prospect across the board by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com… committed to the Cardinals in May… has a big frame… extremely effective run blocker… not afraid to go against top defensive linemen… rated as the No. 14 recruit in the state of Indiana and No. 64 offensive tackle nationally by Rivals.com… rated as the 85th-best lineman by Scout.com ... participated in the Nike Camp in Columbus, Ohio ... started high school career at Southport before transferring to Center Grove… was a two-year starter at Southport ... was an All-Region selection ... chose Louisville over Cincinnati, Ball State, and Western Michigan among others.

Finesse Middleton
DT• 5-11• 245
Gadsden, Ala. (Gadsden City)
High School and Personal Data: Enrolled at Louisville in January ... attended Gadsden (Ala.) City High ... played for Matt Scott ... originally committed to Mississippi ... rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com ... ranked as the 77th-best defensive tackle by Scout ... considered the 68th best strong-side defensive end and the 50th-best player from the state of Alabama in the 2013 class by 247Sports.com ... recorded 75 tackles - 35 for loss - and 12 sacks for Gadsden City in 2011 ... also snagged a pair of interceptions, including one in the playoffs that was returned 49 yards for a touchdown ... led Gadsden City to the second round of the state playoffs ... credited with 11 tackles and five sacks in the playoff loss to Bob Jones ... registered 10 tackles, including six tackles for loss in a game versus Huntsville ... voted an Alabama All-Star ... was selected to participate in the Alabama/Mississippi All-Star Classic ... credited with 45 tackles and 10 sacks in junior season as a defensive tackle ... missed a large portion of junior season with a foot injury ... received offers from Louisville, Mississippi, UAB, Southern Mississippi and Middle Tennessee.

Brett Nelson
QB• 6-4• 220
Chula Vista, Calif. (Southwestern Community College)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Ed Carberry at Southwestern Community College ... enrolled at Louisville in January ... played two seasons at Southwestern Community College ... was named one of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the state of California ... threw for 4,472 yards and 34 touchdowns with 17 interceptions in two seasons as the starting quarterback ... threw for 2,833 yards and 23 touchdowns, completing 63 percent of passes ... completed 21-of-32 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns in a win over San Diego Mesa ... as a freshman in 2011, completed 139-of-261 passes (53.3 percent) for 1,639 yards ... tossed 11 touchdowns and six interceptions ... attended St. Francis High in La Canada, Calif. ... threw for 1,555 yards and 18 touchdowns in first six games at St. Francis ... received offers from Louisville and Rutgers.

James Quick
wr • 6-1 • 180
Louisville, ky. (Trinity)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Bob Beatty ... selected a Parade All-America honorable mention ... ranked among the nation's top wide receivers ... rated as a five-star wide receiver at Trinity High School ... believed to be the highest rated recruit ever to sign at Louisville ... selected Kentucky's Mr. Football by the Associated Press ... guided school to its third-straight state title ... selected a U.S. Army All-American ... ranked as a five-star prospect by Scout.com ... tabbed a four-star prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com ... rated as the best player in Kentucky by Rivals.com ... rated as the 21st-best player in the country and the No. 3 wide receiver by Scout.com ... ranked the 14th-best wide receiver and 114th-best prospect by Rivals.com ... named to ESPN 150 list ... named the Pete Dawkins Most Valuable Player of the U.S. Army All-American contest after catching a game-winning 34-yard touchdown pass ... caught three passes for 71 yards and recorded 102 all-purpose yards in the win ... received the Paul Hornung Award, presented to the state's top player by the Louisville Quarterback Club ... totaled 85 catches for 1,413 yards and 16 touchdowns in 12 games as a senior ... named the Tom Lemming Award winner as one of the top 25 wide receivers in 2011 and 2012 ... named Player of the Week twice by Maxpreps.com in 2011 ranks No. 3 in receiving yards (4,437) and touchdowns (57) all-time in the state of Kentucky ... is the all-time leading receiver in Kentucky high school football history with 280 receptions ... the only Kentucky prep player to play on football and basketball state championship teams in the same season (2011) ... named the Most Valuable Player at Republic Bank Louisville Invitational Tournament after finishing with 19 points, six rebounds and five steals ... hit the game winning free throw to defeat Ballard, 53-52 ... also the only player to ever catch a touchdown pass in four straight state finals ... holds the state track record in the 200 meters with a lightning-fast time of 20.94 seconds ... son of former U of L player Rhonyia Quick ... received offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio State, Oregon and Tennessee.

De'Asian Richardson
DE • 6-3 • 285
Jacksonville, Fla. (FIRS T COAST)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Danny Green at Orange Park and Marty Lee at First Coast High School ... was widely considered one of the fastest-rising prospects in the nation ... outstanding athlete who dominated on film during stretches ... rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and ESPN.com ... tabbed as the 34th-best player at defensive tackle and the 80th-best player in the state of Florida by ESPN.com ... ranked a three-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... rated as the No. 14 strongside defensive end by Rivals.com and the No. 51 prospect from Florida ... rated as the No. 24 defensive tackle by Scout.com ... his athleticism allowed him to play some wide receiver and tight end in high school ... recorded eight tackles at Orange Park before transferring to First Coast ... voted a Times Union Super 11 selection ... was Louisville's first commitment after the Sugar Bowl … saw action on the defensive line and at tight end in high school ... played in the Offense-Defense Bowl and is ranked the 269th-best prospect nationally by 247Composite ... Jacksonville Times-Union Super 11 pick ... originally committed to West Virginia and Florida State ... missed junior season with an ACL injury ... injury issues have limited high school career ... also received offers from Alabama, Duke, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Terrence Ross
S • 6-2 • 188
Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Ty Parker at Wekiva High School ... ranked as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports.com ... rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com and the 167-best in the nation at his position ... rated as the No. 56 safety by Rivals.com and 73rd-best safety by ESPN.com ... ranked 93rd on FlaVarsity.com Top 160 list ... selected No. 20 on the Bright House Sports Network Top 20 list ... first player from Wekiva's history to commit to a Division I football program in only the fifth year of existence ... missed three games during senior season with a knee ligament injury ... considered a great competitor… committed to Louisville in May ... big-play safety who had a number of fumbles returned for touchdowns and interceptions taken back for scores ... was named defensive MVP of the opening game against Horizon, Colo., at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex on the Disney property ... recorded eight interceptions as a junior, including two that were returned for scores ... ranked No. 16 in the Sentinel's 2013 Central Florida Super60 ... played for the the Top Recruits Now 7on7 team at the IMG Madden Southeast Regional tournament ... came up with two interceptions, including a 45-yard pick for a touchdown against Ocoee, and then, in an upset of Orlando East River, had two fumble returns for touchdowns ... named the Most Valuable Player for the North squad at the 58th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association All-Star game in Sebring, Fla. ... also received offers from Cincinnati, NC State and Wake Forest.

Kyle Shortridge
DT • 6-2 • 273
Loxahatchee, Fla. (Seminole Ridge)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Steven Humphrey at Seminole Ridge High School ... three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com, 247Sports.com and ESPN.com ... rated as the No. 44 defensive tackle by Rivals.com ... considered the 40th-best defensive tackle and the 75th best player in the 2013 class from the state of Florida by 247Sport.com ... ranked as the No. 71 defensive tackle by Scout.com… displays signs of being able to be a productive defensive tackle at the collegiate level ... needs to continue to add more bulk, but displays good playing strength and a frame that can support more good mass with time in a college weight room ... went to a pair of regional finals ... ranked No. 8 on the PBGametime Big Board ... played for the Florida all-star team that pits the best players from Florida against those from the state of Georgia in a 7-on-7 tournament ... chose Louisville over Purdue, Wake Forest and Nebraska among others ... received offers from Iowa State, Nebraska, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, South Florida, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Keith Towbridge
TE • 6-3 • 230
Toledo, Ohio (Toledo Central Catholic)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Greg Dempsey at Toledo Central Catholic ... former Nebraska pledge ... rated a three-star prospect across the board by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN.com and 247Sports ... rated as the No. 67 prospect out of Ohio by Rivals.com… rated as the No. 50 tight end by Scout.com ... rated at the 36th-best tight end by 247Sports ... owns great speed despite his large frame ... possessed speed to run by defensive backs ... played on both sides of the football ... starred at tight end and defensive end ... helped lead Toledo Central Catholic to a 16-12 victory over Trotwood-Madison in 2012 OHSAA DII State Championship ... named to the South West Ohio All-Tournament Defensive team from the OHSAA State Football championship games ... recorded five tackles and a sack and one catch for 10 yards in the state title game ... recorded 28 receptions for 410 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior ... guided team to 15-1 record… connected on a 43-yard strike to the 5-yard line that led to the game-winning touchdown in the state semifinal win over Aurora High School ... has good size and framework to play tight end at the collegiate level… caught four passes for 70 yards in the win ... scored on TD passes of 16 and 23 yards as Central Catholic downed Grafton Midview 50-7 in the first round of the Division II playoffs ... was recognized on the Ohio Top45 rankings ... described as an every down tight end ... earned Division III special mention by the Associated Press ... also a standout on the basketball team… earned all-state honorable mention honors in basketball ... committed to Louisville in April ... received offers from Louisville, Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Toldeo and Nebraska.

Chucky Williams
CB • 6-2 • 180
Hialeah, Fla. (Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah)
High School and Personal Data: Played for Michael Tunsil at Champagnat Catholic School of Hialeah ... versatile player who can play on both sides of the football ... owns great speed ... ranked as a four-star athlete by ESPN.com ... touted as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Scout.com and 247Sports.com ... ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 36 athlete in the country and the No. 87 overall prospect in the state of Florida ... rated as the No. 51 athlete in the 2013 class by ESPN.com ... standout performer at defensive back at the IMG 7on7 Tournament ... emerged as one of the top defensive back prospects in south Florida ... lost in the first round of the playoffs ... scored three touchdowns, which was highlighted by a 92 yard kickoff return in a win over the Florida Heat ... totaled over 1,200 yards receiving and nine touchdowns ... recorded four interceptions on defense ... slowed by a groin injury ... played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, cornerback, safety and returned punts and kicks ... registered 48 tackles and four interceptions as a junior ... totaled 21 touchdowns as a quarterback and 2,100 yards of offense ... originally committed to Mississippi ... played wide receiver and safety in high school ... also was a kickoff and punt returner… has great speed ... outstanding student in the classroom ... received offers from Louisville, Arkansas, Akron, Boston College, Bowling Green, Clemson, Florida Atlantic, FIU, Illinois, Indiana, Mississippi State, Mississippi, Nebraska, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, South Florida, Texas Tech, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and West Virginia.

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