Bobby Petrino says he made the most of his small recruiting window since taking over as Louisville's coach last month.
The Cardinals announced a 21-player class including former Penn State quarterback Tyler Ferguson, who's transferring after one season with the Nittany Lions. He'll redshirt this fall but will have two years of eligibility remaining with a Cardinals program that joins the Atlantic Coast Conference next season.
Ferguson is one of two quarterbacks among 12 offensive players signed by Petrino, who likes the spread formation. The Cardinals also landed dual threat Reggie Bonnafon from Trinity High School.
"We had a short period of time, and we were able to go out and make some good relationships," Petrino said Wednesday. "We had some tough decisions to make, and then we were able to find some new players to recruit, which became real critical at the end of the recruiting phase.
"I'm very excited about what we were able to put together."
Louisville tapped into south Florida's deep talent pool again with five recruits, including Sharieff Rhaheed-Muhammad, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker from Fort Pierce Central High. Scout.com rates him as a three-star prospect.
Louisville's class is ranked 46th in the nation by Rivals.com and 45th by Scout.com.
Brohm tops off first WKU recruiting class
First-year head coach Jeff Brohm takes Western Kentucky into its inaugural year in Conference USA with a 24-member signing class. The Hilltoppers signed 15 players Wednesday to join nine mid-year enrollees who joined in December.
"This recruiting process started at this time last year and is a long, thorough process that involves a lot of time and effort put into it," said Brohm, an assistant coach who took over when Petrino left for Louisville. "Everything went extremely well, exactly the way we wanted."
The Hilltoppers signed 10 players from the Bluegrass State, two from Alabama, and one each from Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.
EKU signs 19, including ex-Cat Mobley
Eastern Kentucky Coach Dean Hood loaded up in the trenches, with nine of his 19 signees either linemen or tight ends.
The class includes five offensive linemen, four defensive backs, two defensive linemen, two tight ends, two wide receivers, one athlete, one running back, one quarterback and one punter.
The one running back was Dyshawn Mobley, who decided to transfer from Kentucky after rushing for 300 yards as a sophomore last season.
EKU's class features three in-state players as well as players from six other states and Australia.
"There is no question we addressed our needs," Hood said. "You don't always get everyone you want, but sometimes you get a big surprise."