- Brian Bennett, ESPN Staff Writer
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Louisville has added another player to its 2011 recruiting class. For now.
Lorenzo Mauldin, rated a three-star defensive end by ESPN.com, has signed a letter of intent with the Cardinals after some earlier drama with South Carolina. Mauldin committed to the Gamecocks, but the day before signing day he and another player received a fax telling them the team had too many commitments. Since Mauldin had not achieved a qualifying test score, he was asked not to sign his letter of intent. Mauldin had already planned a signing day party and went through with it, even putting on a South Carolina hat and signing a fake LOI form.
"South Carolina was, you know, planning on me signing with them after prep school,” Mauldin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I don’t believe they thought I would make the [qualifying test] score. It kind of made me feel like they were wishing for me to not make the score.
“[Louisville] coach [Charlie] Strong had faith in me from the beginning. He said he believes I’m going to make the score and said I could be out there with them in no time. They were straight forward with me. There wasn’t a bunch of playing around with the whole thing. So I decided to take his offer and become a Cardinal.”
The Atlanta prospect is 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds and is ranked as the 67th-best player at his position, according to ESPN.com. But he still has to achieve his test scores, or he will be off to prep school.
Louisville opens spring practice on Wednesday.