When Louisville upset Florida Wednesday night in the Sugar Bowl, the program instantly changed. The amount of respect has changed around the nation amongst football analysts, fans and recruits.
The Louisville Cardinals picked up their first commitment since the Sugar Bowl Friday afternoon from 4-star defensive tackle De'Asian Richardson, according to Mike Hughes of Inside the Ville. He was initially committed to the Florida State Seminoles earlier this year, before switching to West Virginia in August.
Richardson is considered the 14th-best strong-side defensive end and the 43rd-best player in the 2013 class from the state of Florida, according to Rivals.
Denny Thompson of FlaVarsity said of Richardson, "He's got great footwork and quickly sheds blocks. He's got an impressive reach as well when pass rushing."
The 6'3" and 285-pound defensive lineman had offers from several of the top Division I schools in the country including Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Tennessee, UCLA, Oklahoma and Florida.
Richardson played his senior at Orange Park High School in Orange Park, Fla. He played on the defensive line and some at the tight end position.
Louisville now has 12 commits for the 2013 class, including four defensive lineman. This will not be a big class for Louisville, but there is still a chance the Cardinals will pick up some more elite players before signing day in a month.
Kentucky's Mr Football, James Quick, will decide between Louisville and Ohio State tomorrow in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The five-star wide receiver from Trinity High School has gone back-and-forth between the Cardinals and the Buckeyes for the past several months.
This has been an exciting month for the University of Louisville with their ACC announcement, Charlie Strong staying and then the huge upset over Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Louisville fans, used to not receiving much national attention, should expect elite players like Richardson to start looking their way.