ACC reaction: Football recruits all positive

Kyle Bolin

It's only been a couple of days University of Louisville accepted an invitation into the Atlantic Coast Conference. But already there have been positive vibes about the move on the football-recruiting front. Cardinal Authority talked to several commitments and targets about the move.

The Atlantic Coast Conference had not officially even announced the addition of the University of Louisville into the league on Wednesday when the positive vibes from football recruits across the country began.

"Lville is going to smash the ACC," Fort Lauderdale University School top defensive tackle Maquedius Bain tweeted.

And the positive reaction hasn't slowed.

Cardinal Authority has talked with several U of L commitments and targets to get reaction, including a source close to Trinity High School five-star wide receiver James Quick who said "it can only help."

Quick was unavailable for comment on Wednesday but plenty of other recruits weighed in on the move from the Big East to the ACC.

Tom Jurich for President," Lexington Catholic quarterback Kyle Bolin, a U of L commitment, said. "I am extremely excited for the opportunity to play in one of the best conferences in the country. The ACC has a lot to offer.

"I think Louisville is the perfect fit for the ACC . . . and the ACC will draw attention to more high caliber (football) prospects."

Bolin, who has become the leader of the nine commitments for the U of L Class of 2013, said he had talked to others and the vibes were all good.

"I was very happy to hear the news," U of L lineman commitment Chandler Bridges of Flowery Branch, Ga., said. "I so look forward to playing in such a competitive conference."

Two other commitments – Indianapolis lineman Skylar Lacy and Toldeo, Ohio, tight end Keith Towbridge – also talked about the better competition in the ACC.

"We finally get to play in a big boy conference and get to show the rest of the country we are for real," Lacy said.

Added Towbridge: "It's a new beginning for us and the coaches and now we just have to step it up a notch."

Three of the top junior prospects in the state of Kentucky also said they were impressed by the Cardinals' move to the ACC.

Conner quarterback Drew Barker, one of the top quarterbacks in the country, said U of L has offered and is still high on his list.

"I love them going to the ACC," Barker said. "The competition level is much tougher and gives more opportunities for national exposure. From a recruits standpoint, you can't help but like it."

Bowling Green wide receiver Nacarius Fant said the Cardinals are "definitely in my top five," and said the move would give the program a "much different conference to play in and totally different environment."

Added Trinity quarterback Reggie Bonnafon: "I always wanted them to go to the ACC, and I'm glad they made the move. It's a good move."

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