Louisville Flips Ole Miss Commit Finesse Middleton and Keeps Charlie Strong?

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IDecember 2, 2012

LEXINGTON, KY - SEPTEMBER 17:  Charlie Strong the head coach of the Louisville Cardinals takes in the action during the game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Commonwealth Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Finesse Middleton, who made an official visit to Louisville over the weekend, committed to the Cardinals Sunday, according to Mike Hughes of InsidetheVille.com.

Middleton had committed to Ole Miss in July of this year over Mississippi State, Southern Miss., Tulane, UAB and several other Division I colleges. He made an unofficial visit to Louisville in October for the South Florida game and had kept in touch with defensive line coach Clint Hurtt ever since.

The 5'11" defensive end announced his switch via Twitter, "I want to announce that I'm switching my commitment from The University Of Mississippi to The University Of Louisville."

Middleton is 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.

ESPN says of the 3-star prospect from Alabama:

Gadsden high school has produced some good defensive talent in the past few years and in Middleton they have another prospect with some good ability. A defensive line prospect likely best suited for defensive tackle, he is a productive but undersized player.

Middleton is Louisville's 10th commitment for the 2013 class and second defensive lineman. Louisville has only a few more scholarship to offer with only 13 seniors leaving after this season.

Many Louisville fans have been on the edge of their seats the past couple weeks after several rumors have been spread about how head coach Charlie Strong may take one of the several SEC openings. Strong has caught the eye of several schools after the Cardinals made it to their third straight bowl game and has done a sensational job turning the program around.


Middleton made sure to ask Charlie Strong if he was staying before he switched his commitment to the Cardinals.

“He was like, ‘I ain’t going nowhere no time soon,” Middleton told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal. “I asked him straight up if he was going to leave or had any intention of leaving, and he said, ‘no.’"

Louisville will now prepare to play Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl in New Orleans on January 2. Coach Strong made sure he let everyone know he is staying during a conference call Sunday night.

"We've laid some foundation, and there's probably some more foundation that needs to be laid," Strong said via Eric Crawford of WDRB.com.

Coach Strong and his coaching staff will look to pick up local 5-star wide receiver James Quick as one of their last commitments for the 2013 class. Quick has Louisville at the top of his list over schools like Ohio State and Oregon.

The news of Charlie Strong staying at Louisville, added to the news that Louisville is heading to the ACC in 2014, will have several elite recruits leaning towards the Cardinals.


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