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Monday, March 21, 2011
Louisville adds former Gamecocks recruit

By Brian Bennett

Louisville has added another player to its 2011 recruiting class. For now.

Lorenzo Mauldin, rated a three-star defensive end by, 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 But he still has to achieve his test scores, or he will be off to prep school.

Louisville opens spring practice on Wednesday.