ACC Title Road: Petrino built 2014 recruiting class around 5 juco transfers

Linebacker Trevon Young headlines 22-man Louisville class

Trevon Young (Louisville sports information photo)

Trevon Young (Louisville sports information photo)

A middle-of-the-road resident on the recruiting trail since Bobby Petrino departed following the 2006 season, Louisville struggled to 29-33 record over a five-year period before emerging as a national power the past two seasons under Charlie Strong.

With Petrino back at the helm after Strong's departure for Texas, the Cardinals' 2014 signing class is heavy on junior college transfers, with five in a 22-man class that was ranked 40th nationally by Rivals.

The Cardinals will be looking for early help from linebacker Trevon Young, who starred on Iowa Western Community College's NJCAA national championship team, as well as defensive back James Sample from American River Community College, quarterback Pat Thomas from Georgia Military, defensive end Pio Vatuvel from College of San Mateo, and 6-8, 315-pound offensive lineman Kelby Johnson from ASA College.

Young enrolled in January and went through spring practice, as did freshman running back L.J. Scott of Marion, Ohio, and freshman wide receiver Cameron Polk of Fishers, Indiana.

Petrino was able to spot recruit far-and-wide in assembling the first recruiting class of his second run as Louisville's head coach.

He came into traditional ACC territory to sign athlete Zykiesis Cannon of Carolina Academy in Greenville, South Carolina, linebacker Isaac Stewart of Matthews, North Carolina, and wide receiver De'Eric Culver of Tallahassee, Florida.

The Cardinals also signed linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed from Fort Pierce, Florida; defensive tackle Tae Thibodeaux of New Iberia, Louisiana; and wide receiver Cornelius Sturghill of Memphis, Tennessee.

Louisville is off to a relatively slow start in assembling its 2015 class, though the Cardinals will benefit from the addition of a pair of transfers from Georgia who'll sit out the 2014 season.

So far, Petrino has seven players - six three-star prospects and one two-star recruit - on his 2015 commitment list.

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