SAN ANTONIO -- Louisville needed a big-time recruit, and it got one in the hometown kid. As a result, the Cardinals also cracked the top 40 in the ESPN class rankings.
ESPN 150 wide receiver James Quick verbally committed to Louisville and was one of six ESPN 300 prospects to announce their commitments on Saturday at the Alamodome.
ESPN 150 defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad (Ramsey, N.J./Don Bosco Prep) committed to Miami, while ESPN 150 outside linebacker Mike Mitchell (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) chose Ohio State. Muhammad is No. 95, and Mitchell is No. 121 in the ESPN 150.
ESPN 300 wide receiver Tony Stevens (Orlando, Fla./Evans) verbally committed to Texas A&M, while ESPN 300 athlete Tyler Boyd (Clairton, Pa./Clairton) and ESPN 300 defensive end Joe Mathis (Upland, Calif./Upland) chose Pitt and Washington, respectively.
Quick (Louisville, Ky./Trinity) had a memorable Saturday, verbally committing to the Cardinals during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and, ultimately, catching the game-winning touchdown pass with less than four minutes to play in the fourth quarter. Quick helped the East defeat the West, 15-8, in front of 40,133 at the Alamodome.
Louisville's 13th commitment happens to be its highest-rated commit. Quick is No. 98 in the ESPN 150 and the top-ranked player out of Kentucky. He chose Louisville over traditional powers Ohio State and Oregon.
"It's home, and there's nothing better than being home," Quick said. "Overall, they have a real good balance, and I like the coaches. They're real good guys. I know those guys really get after it. Really, it was about that bond that I felt with them.
"It was probably one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to make. I mean, you can't go wrong with either one in [Ohio State's] Urban Meyer or [Oregon's] Chip Kelly. I just decided to stay home. I felt it was best for me."
With the commitment, Louisville now enters the class rankings at No. 40. The Cardinals have four four-star players in Quick, receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech), outside linebacker Donel Elam (Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island) and defensive tackle De'Asian Richardson (Orange Park, Fla./Orange Park).
Muhammad chose Miami over Notre Dame, Rutgers and Alabama. Mitchell chose Ohio State over Texas A&M and Oregon. Boyd, No. 161 in the ESPN 300, chose Pitt over Michigan State and West Virginia.
Stevens, No. 207 in the ESPN 300, picked Texas A&M over Florida State and Ohio State. Mathis, No. 251 in the ESPN 300, committed to Washington over USC, UCLA and Alabama.
The East defeated the West with the help of a stingy defensive effort. The West had only allowed 90 yards of total offense. Credit goes to players such as Muhammad, USC commit Kenny Bigelow (Elkton, Md./Eastern Christian) and defensive backs in Virginia Tech commit Kendall Fuller (Olney, Md./Our Lady of Good Counsel) and Georgia commit Tray Matthews (Newnan, Ga./Newnan). ... East running backs Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla./Yulee), Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) and Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage) combined for 128 yards and a touchdown. Henry is headed to Alabama, and Bryant is headed to Notre Dame. Green has Tennessee, Michigan, Auburn and Miami among his favorites. ... The West team saw excellent days from its special teams. Punter and South Dakota commit Miles Bergner (Longmont, Colo./Longmont) averaged 42.5 yards in four punts. Cornerback and LSU commit Tre'Davious White (Shreveport, La./Green Oaks), in addition to having a decent game in the secondary, returned two punts for an average of 26 yards.