Louisville coach Charlie Strong put special emphasis on bolstering his defense, trying to build on the Cardinals' successful run to a Sugar Bowl championship.
Ten of the 17 players Strong signed Wednesday play on defense, including five in the secondary. Eight of the 17 signees are from Florida, as Strong continued to have a strong presence in that state.
But the biggest name was on offense, and from the Cardinals' backyard: Wide receiver James Quick is believed to be Louisville's highest-rated recruit ever.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound speedster finished his Trinity career as the state's all-time leader in receptions, leading the Shamrocks to three championships. Quick was selected as Kentucky's Mr. Football, and ranked by Scout.com as the country's 21st-best player.
"You wanted a big name and to get a big name like Quick was something special," Strong said.
Louisville's large core of returning players forced Strong to be selective in offering limited scholarships.
"Even though this class is small in number, these players will make a great contribution to this program in the near future," he said.
Petrino signs first class at Western Kentucky
New Western Kentucky coach Bobby Petrino signed 25 players Wednesday, a group that will join eight others recruits previously enrolled for the spring semester.
"We don't go out placing an emphasis on rankings or stars, but we go out trying to find the right guys that will fit our system, and I believe that we were able to do that," Petrino said.
WKU signed five receivers, including three from Kentucky. Petrino also bolstered the offensive and defensive lines with nine new players and signed one quarterback.
EKU focuses on defense
Eastern Kentucky signed 17 players, with an emphasis on defense.
Ten of the Colonels' 2013 signees are listed as defensive players, including hometown lineman Brandon Parks of Madison Central.
Hood collected nine players from Kentucky.
Players signed Wednesday by Kentucky's Football Bowl Subdivision and Football Championship Subdivision schools:
NamePosHt Wt Hometown
Domonick Brown LB 6-2 235Elizabethtown, Ky.
Jeffrey Canady LB 6-1 220 Barbourville, Ky.
Tranard Chester WR 6-4 180 Lexington, Ky.
Chance Edwards OL 6-5 320Sumterville, Fla.
Sheldon Fleming DL 6-3 240Lehigh Acres Fla.
Vincent Green DB5-10174 Cape Coral, Fla.
Kentayvus HopkinsRB5-11185 Paris, Ky.
Armond Jones DL 6-3 255Indianapolis, Ind.
Elijah Jones DL 6-4 280 Versailles, Ky.
Tyler Malone TE 6-5 240Indianapolis, Ind.
Barton Mann QB 6-4 200Russell Spr., Ky.
Lorenzo McWilliamsDE 6-3 225 Roswell, Ga.
Tony Messer TE 6-5 235 Belfry, Ky.
Brandon Parks DL 6-4 250 Richmond, Ky.
Shawn Reynolds DB 6-2 180 Buford, Ga.
Jason Smith OL 6-5 275 Paducah, Ky.
Daryl Taylor DL 6-4 236 Greenville, N.C.
NamePosHt Wt Hometown
Willie Bailey CB 6-2 172 Hallandale, Fla.
Richard Benjamin CB 6-1 195 Tampa, Fla.
Kyle Bolin QB 6-3 185 Lexington, Ky.
Chandler Bridges OT 6-4 270Flowery Br., Ga.
Lyn Clark LB 6-2 225New Orleans, La.
Donel Elam S 6-1 200Orange Park, Fla.
Cameron Fraser OL 6-4 290 Phenix City, Ala.
Keith Kelsey LB 6-1 217 Gainesville, Fla.
Skylar Lacy OL 6-6 290Indianapolis, Ind.
Finesse Middleton DT 5-11 245 Gadsden, Ala.
Brett Nelson QB 6-4 220Chula Vista, Calif.
James Quick WR 6-1 180 Louisville, Ky.
De'Asian RichardsonDT 6-3 285Jacksonville, Fla.
Terrence Ross S 6-2 188 Apopka, Fla.
Kyle Shortridge DT 6-2 273Loxahatchee, Fla.
Keith Towbridge TE 6-3 230 Toledo, Ohio
Chucky Williams CB 6-2 180 Hialeah, Fla.
Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown
C.J. Bennett QB 6-0 205 Tampa, Fla.
Jesse Blackburn WR 6-3 240 Gardendale, Ala.
Felton Collins DE 6-4 250 Laurel, Miss.
Warren Conway DE 6-2 245 Gulfport, Miss.
Lamont Crittendon LB 5-10 208 Decatur, Ala.
Koty Hix OL 6-3 290 Ft. Campbell, Ky.
Jonathan Jackson LB 5-11 210 Mayfield, Ky.
Demetric Johnson RB 6-0 185 S. Pittsburg, Tenn.
Arbre Jones OL 6-6 310 Memphis, Tenn.
Cedric Jones CB 6-0 185 Memphis, Tenn.
Zach Katzman RB 5-8 175 Mayfield, Ky.
Marqavius King WR 5-9 170 Abbeville, Ala.
Warwick Marsh DT 6-0 305 Clarksville, Tenn.
Demetrius Mason DL 6-4 280 Cincinnati, Ohio
Marquis Morton RB 5-10 195 Shelbyville, Tenn.
LaBront Scott DE 6-2 228 Murray, Ky.
Chavez Sims DE 6-2 225 Mize, Miss.
Mitch Stults QB 5-9 170 Hamilton, Ala.
Travis Taylor DE 6-3 235 Vancleave, Miss.
Jedidiah Vivio OL 6-5 270 Springfield, Tenn.
D'Montre Wade ATH 6-0 180Brentwood, Tenn.
Greg Willard CB 5-9 170 Decatur, Ala.
Kadeem Willis LB 6-2 240 Murray, Ky.
Eli Wilson OL 6-4 270 Mayfield, Ky.
Name Pos Ht Wt Hometown
Maurice Bennett DL 6-3 300 Madison, Miss.
Raphael Cox DL 6-3 270 Cedar Hill, Texas
Drew Davis LB 6-1 215 Madison, Ala.
Johnny Delaney OL 6-6 310 Ft. Worth, Texas
Devante Duclos LB 6-0 216 Miami, Fla.
Joe Fennell OL 6-5 320 Fort Myers, Fla.
Juwan Gardner DB 6-1 200 Louisville, Ky.
DeMarcus Glover DL 6-4 240 Pensacola, Fla.
Rashad Greene DB 6-1 175 Daytona Bch., Fla.
D'Von Isaac DT 6-4 275 Alpharetta, Ga.
Aaron Jackson WR 6-3 185 Frankfort, Ky.
Leverick Johnson DB 6-1 190 Miami, Fla.
Shaquille Johnson TE 6-4 215 Lake City, Fla.
Kyle Jones OL 6-4 300 Mulberry, Fla.
Cam Lewis WR 6-3 205 Louisville, Ky.
Justin Martinez OL 6-3 275 Pt. St. Lucie, Fla.
Nicholas Norris WR 5-10 170 Miami, Fla.
Joe Occhipinti K 6-3 190 Nashville, Tenn.
Dalton Patterson DB 6-3 195 New Orleans, La.
Connor Popeck OL 6-4 285 Olive Brch., Miss.
Todd Porter QB 6-4 195 O'Fallon, Ill.
Brandon Ray OL 6-3 285 Madison, Ala.
Tanner Reeves DL 6-4 230 Lakeland, Fla.
Kalvin Robinson DL 6-5 225 Birmingham, Ala.
Donald Rocker OL 6-4 296 Jacksonville, Fla.
De'Andre Simmons DB 5-11 180 R. Palm Bch., Fla.
Jimmie Simms OL 6-5 285 New Orleans, La.
Isaac Tanner LB 6-0 223 Tampa, Fla.
Taywan Taylor WR 6-1 185 Louisville, Ky.
Kylen Towner WR 5-9 165 Mobile, Ala.
Lonnie Turner WR 5-10 180 Inglewood, Calif.
Marcus Ward DB 6-3 204 Birmingham, Ala.
Derrell Young LB 6-1 205 Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.