Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino received his final commitment from his most talented recruit, and one with the most troubled past.
Outside linebacker Devonte Fields, who was named the Big 12 Conference's 2012 Defensive Player of the Year as a TCU freshman, was dismissed before last season after his ex-girlfriend accused him of assaulting her and threatening her with a gun. He was arrested on a misdemeanor assault warrant in July and posted a $3,500 bond.
Fields, rated the nation's No. 2 junior-college player by Scout.com after spending last year at Trinity Valley Community College, completed Louisville's 25-man class.
Petrino says he thoroughly reviewed the incident.
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The coach says, "We felt comfortable that, No. 1, there was absolutely no gun there, and that it's a misdemeanor charge."
WKU signs nine in-state prospects
Western Kentucky welcomed the signatures of 14 high school standouts and one junior-college lineman, including nine in-state prospects, three from Florida, two from Georgia and Tennessee, and one from Mississippi.
The 15 who signed Wednesday join junior-college signee Sidney Hammond, high school signees Marquez Trigg and Cullen Reynolds, and two transfers from UAB (Jontavious Morris, T.J. McCollum) who have already enrolled and will go through spring practices at WKU.
The Hilltoppers signed two players from Lafayette High School in wide receiver Lucky Jackson and linebacker DeVon Quincy.
EKU lands small class
Eastern Kentucky Coach Dean Hood announced 13 signings on Wednesday.
The 2015 signing class includes four defensive backs, two linebackers, two defensive linemen, two running backs, one quarterback, one tight end and one kicker. The class features seven players from Florida, two from Tennessee, one from Georgia, one from Virginia, one from Ohio and one from Pennsylvania.
"This is not a big class," Hood said. "But it certainly addresses all of our needs, looking to next year and even beyond. We graduated three all-conference players ... so there are spots to fill and some of these guys could come in and contribute immediately."
EKU is poised to return eight starters on both offense and defense for 2015.
Murray gets Zeke Pike, pair from LexCath
New Murray State coach Mitch Stewart announced 25 signings in his first Racers class.
The group includes 12 defensive players, 11 offensive players and two specialists.
Notable names include quarterback Zeke Pike, a transfer from Louisville, and linebacker Chase Boling and safety Braxton Couch from Lexington Catholic.