Louisville Football: Former Purdue Commit Kyle Shortridge Picks the Cardinals

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IDecember 11, 2012

Picture via 247Sports.com
Picture via 247Sports.com

Kyle Shortridge, a defensive tackle from Seminole Ridge, Fla., committed to the Louisville Cardinals Monday afternoon, according to Mike Hughes of InsidetheVille.com.

Shortridge made a visit to Louisville over the weekend with his high school teammate Rayfield Dixon.

The 3-star prospect chose Louisville over Nebraska, Wisconsin, Kentucky, West Virginia, Texas A&M and several other Division I schools.

Shortridge was committed to Wake Forrest over the summer, but quickly decommitted five days later. He then committed to Purdue in October, but withdrew his commitment from the Boilermakers on November 25 when they fired head coach Danny Hope. 

He is considered the 40th-best defensive tackle and the 75th-best player in the 2013 class from the state of Florida by 247Sport.com.

ESPN (subscription required) said of Shortridge:

Shortridge with some polish and further development in areas displays signs of being able to be a productive defensive tackle. He has good overall size. Needs 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. 

Shortridge will play for the Florida all-star team January 5 as they play against the best players from the state of Georgia in a 7-on-7 tournament.

At 6'3" and 275 lbs., Shortridge is exactly what Louisville head coach Charlie Strong wants for the 2013 class. Louisville now has eight commits and will try to pick up five to seven more to close out the class.

Last week Coach Strong announced he will be staying at the University of Louisville, turning down a job offer from Tennessee. Louisville now expects to build one of the top programs in the country.

The Louisville coaching staff will continue to hit the recruiting trail hard before their January 2 game against the Florida Gators in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.