Louisville Football: Cardinals Use Success to Pick Up Two Commitments

Jon Hancock@@JonKYSportscoSenior Analyst IDecember 16, 2012

Brett Nelson, picture via 247Sports.com
Brett Nelson, picture via 247Sports.com

In the past month the Louisville football team has earned its way to a BCS Bowl, accepted an invitation to the ACC and has kept their coach from going to the SEC. Now they are using their recent success to pick up elite recruits.

Louisville had several top recruits visiting for the weekend, two of which committed before leaving.

JUCO quarterback Brett Nelson, who was offered by Louisville this week, told Steve Jones of the Courier Journal that he had verbally committed to the Cardinals.

Nelson said via Twitter after his visit, "Coach Strong, need I say more. Excited for the future."

The 6'4" quarterback threw for 2,833 yards and 23 touchdowns this season for Southwestern Community College in Chula Vista, California. 

Nelson is the second quarterback to commit to the Cardinals. Kyle Bolin from Lexington Catholic has been committed to Louisville since September of last year. Both quarterbacks will backup Teddy Bridgewater as he makes a Heisman run.

Louisville also picked up 4-star athlete Richard Benjamin Sunday, according to Mike Hughes of Insidetheville.com.

Benjamin announced earlier this week that he had committed to Louisville after visiting with coaches, but Louisville wanted him to wait until he visited first before making it official.

The 6'1" athlete picked the Cardinals over Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida St., Florida, Oklahoma and Miami. He is considered the 22nd-best wide receiver and the 34th-best player in the 2013 class from the state of Florida by ESPN.com.

As a senior at Tampa Tech, Benjamin rushed for 718 yards, averaging 6.97 yards per rush and six rush TDs. He caught 35 passed for 509 yards, five receiving TDs, 26 total tackles and four interceptions.

Louisville will likely use him at cornerback since they have several wide receivers returning next season.

Charlie Strong now has 10 commitments for the 2013 class; he will likely take five more to close out the class.