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Football Cards Reap Plentiful Harvest

Following weeks on the road and looking to capitalize on back-to-back league titles and a victory in the 2001 AXA Liberty Bowl, the University of Louisville football team added several new members to its ranks Wednesday afternoon. Among this signing national letters-of-intent with U of L are:
Abraham Brown
DB
6-3
200
Sarasota, Fla.
Booker
*Edrik Contreras
OL
6-1
310
Vista, Calif.
Palomar CC
Brandon Cornell
DE/TE
6-4
242
Kenton, Ohio
Kenton
Elvis Dumervil
DE
6-0
240
Miami, Fla.
Jackson
Renardo Foster
TE/DE
6-6
250
Ripley, Tenn.
Ripley
Brinson Harley
OL/DL
6-1
278
Seale, Ala.
Russell County
Emanuel Hassell
WR
5-10
165
Memphis, Tenn.
Whitehaven
James Jackson
LB/WR
6-1
220
Covington, Ky.
Holmes
Chad Jorgensen
TE
6-6
220
Goshen, Ky.
San Marcos Baptist Academy
Phil Minafield
DB/WR
5-11
174
Gainesville, Fla.
Bucholz
Kurt Quarterman
OL
6-5
350
Albany, Ga.
Westover
Justin Rascati
QB
6-2
210
Gainesville, Fla.
Bucholz
Jimmy Riley
WR
6-1
190
Youngstown, Ohio
Ursuline
Matt Sanders
LB
6-2
222
Louisville, Ky.
Male
*Eric Shelton
RB
6-3
230
Lexington, Ky.
Bryan Station / Florida State
Kraig Shelton
DL
6-5
265
Vandalia, Ohio
Butler Senior
Gavin Smart
WR
5-9
177
Lakeland, Fla.
Lakeland
*Jerry Spencer
OL
6-3
310
Eagle Springs, N.C.
East Central (Miss.) CC
Dontay Spillman
WR
6-0
185
Louisville, Ky.
Valley / East Central (Miss.) CC
Jimmy Strong
CB
6-0
173
Gibsonton, Fla.
East Bay
Michael Sturgeon
OL
6-3
270
Louisville, Ky.
Saint Xavier
P.J. Tavarczky
OL
6-3
275
Carmel, Ind.
Carmel
*James Taylor
WR
6-2
185
Garfield Heights, Ohio
Garfield Heights / Ft. Scott (Kans.) JC
* - midyear transfers eligible for spring practice
Recruit Profiles
Abe Brown
DB * 6-3 * 200
Sarasota, Fla. (Booker High School)
With great size, a nose for the ball and excellent speed, Brown is viewed as a terrific prospect at safety ... rated the No. 10 safety in the country by Rivals.com and No. 12 by Student Sports Magazine ... recorded 101 tackles, including 51 solo stops, and blocked five punts and one field goal as a senior ... also saw spot duty at wide receiver, finishing the season with six receptions for 130 yards and three touchdowns ... a four-year varsity starter, he tallied 14 interceptions during his prep career ... team compiled a 25-7 record in his four years ... earned first team all-state and all-area honors and was named team defensive MVP as a senior ... as a junior was named first team all-area, second team all-state and was a four-time player of the week ... earned third team all-state and third team all-area honors as a sophomore ... holds Booker's single game records for interceptions (3) and tackles (18), the season record for tackles (101) and career record for punt blocks (4).
Edrik Contreras
OL * 6-1 * 310
Vista, Calif. (Palomar CC)
Originally signed with San Jose State out of high school and played only one season at Palomar CC ... has three seasons of eligibility remaining ... earned first team All-Mission Conference honors after leading his team to a 10-2 record and a trip to the state championship game.
Brandon Cornell
DE/TE * 6-4 * 242
Kenton, Ohio (Kenton High School)
Rated as the No. 18 prospect at tight end by Student Sports Magazine ... team compiled a 36-9 record during his four seasons, including a 15-0 record and a state championship during his senior year ... pulled down 96 catches for 1,578 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior ... also notched 127 tackles, including 43 for a loss, and snagged four interceptions during final prep campaign ... caught 33 passes for 600 yards and 11 touchdowns offensively as a junior and had 67 tackles, including 13 for a loss, on the defensive side of the ball ... caught 20 passes for 300 yards and had 48 tackles, nine for a loss, and two interceptions as a sophomore ... holds school record with 28 career touchdown catches ... awarded first team all-state and league offensive and defensive MVP honors during senior campaign ... named the Northern Ohio Offensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press as a senior ... will play in the Northwest Ohio All-Star game and the Big 33 game.
Elvis Dumervil
DE * 6-0 * 240
Miami, Fla. (Miami-Jackson High School)
Rated as the No. 25 prospect at defensive end by Student Sports Magazine ... three-year starter and a tenacious pass rusher who is considered one of the best pass rushing prospects from the state of Florida ... tallied a school-record 78 sacks over his prep career ... tallied 110 tackles and 30 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered another four while winning team defensive MVP honors as a senior ... notched 96 tackles and 30 sacks, forced five fumbles and recovered another two en route to overall team MVP honors for a 9-5 squad which reached the state semifinals during his junior campaign ... as a sophomore had 18 sacks and 40 tackles with five fumble recoveries for a 9-2 squad that was ranked No. 1 heading into the state playoffs ... earned first team all-state and all-district honors as a junior and senior ... selected to play in the CaliFlorida All-Star game ... awarded Mr. Jackson High School honors as a senior ... a half-brother of current Cardinal safety Curry Burns.
Renardo Foster
TE/DE * 6-6 * 250
Ripley, Tenn. (Ripley High School)
Recorded 49 tackles, including 39 solo stops, and nine tackles for a loss as a senior ... also tallied four sacks, forced four forced fumbles and recovered another three as a senior ... pulled down 31 passes for 403 yards and six touchdowns during senior campaign ... named to the all-region and All-West Tennessee teams as a junior and senior .. .as a senior was awarded team scholastic award and offensive MVP honors ... named team's best blocker as a junior.
Brinson Harley
OL/DL * 6-1 * 278
Seale, Ala. (Russell County High School)
As a senior offensive lineman averaged four pancake blocks a game ... as a defensive lineman accounted for 88 tackles, including 53 solo stops, 12 sacks and 27 quarterback hurries ... was awarded all bi-city honors and was a second team all-state selection as a senior ... as a junior was named second team all bi-city ... selected to play in the 2001 North/South Alabama All-Star game.
James Jackson
LB/WR * 6-1 * 220
Covington, Ky. (Holmes High School)
Three-year letterwinner who helped lead his team to a 23-9 record during his prep career ... notched 489 tackles, including 89 for a loss, 21 sacks, eight interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and six punt blocks during prep career ... led his team with 108 solo tackles and 32 assists as a senior ... also notched nine sacks, forced six fumbles, had four interceptions, six pass breakups, three blocked punts and a fumble recovery during his senior campaign ... caught six passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns as a senior ... named Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Linebacker of the Year as a junior and senior ... earned Northern Kentucky Athletic Conference Player of the Year honors and was named the Insight Channel 6 Player of the Year as a senior ... named first team all-state by the Lexington Herald-Leader and the Courier-Journal as a senior ... awarded team MVP honors as a senior ... holds the state record with six career punt blocks ... selected to play in the Northern Kentucky and Kentucky-Florida all-star games.
Chad Jorgensen
TE * 6-6 * 220
Goshen, Ky. (San Marcus Academy)
A four-year starter on offense and defense ... a big target with good hands ... caught 45 passes for 1,023 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior and 15 passes for 300 yards and five touchdowns as a junior ... defensively as a senior led the team with 146 tackles and 18 sacks ... listed as the No. 3 tight end and named to the Texas Football Magazine Superteam prior to his senior campaign ... named first team all-state and all-district as a junior and senior ... owns school single game records for receiving yards (235) and touchdowns (4) ... all-state and district MVP in basketball and finished second in state in the discus while competing in track and field during junior prep campaign ... attended San Marcus Academy in San Marcos, Texas, but is a resident of Goshen, Ky.
Phil Minafield
DB/WR * 5-11 * 174
Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz High School)
A three-year starter who is known as a big hitter despite small frame ... notched 105 tackles, including 68 solo stops, seven interceptions and four touchdown-saving tackles as a senior ... also caught 15 passes for 285 yards and 3 touchdowns in spot duty as a receiver ... led his team to a 12-1 record and the regional finals en route to first team all-state honors as a senior ... prep teammate of fellow Cardinal recruit Justin Rascati.
Kurt Quarterman
OL * 6-5 * 350
Albany, Ga. (Westover High School)
Monstrous offensive lineman with good agility for his size ... three-year starter ... earned All-Metro Conference second team honors as a senior when Westover posted a 3-7 record ... two-time defending state champion in both the shot put and discuss heading into his senior track campaign ... notched a school and region record in the discuss as a junior.
Justin Rascati
QB * 6-2 * 210
Gainesville, Fla. (Buchholz High School)
The Gainesville Sun's 2001 Class 3A-5A player of the year ... eclipsed the school's career marks of former Florida Gator and current Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Johnson by throwing for 2,223 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior ... those numbers allowed him to become the first Buchholz player to pass for more than 5,000 yards (he had 5,033) and 40 touchdowns (he finished with 45) ... was the leader of a team that spent more than half the season ranked atop the 5A poll ... led his team to a 12-1 record and the regional finals as a senior ... named first team all-state as a junior and senior ... chosen to play in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game ... named first team all-state in basketball as a junior ... prep teammate of fellow Cardinal recruit Phil Minafield.
Jimmy Riley
WR * 6-1 * 190
Youngstown, Ohio (Ursuline High School)
Accounted for 800 yards on 32 catches and eight touchdowns as senior ... caught 58 passes for 1,472 yards and 18 touchdowns while leading Ursuline to the state championship as a junior ... holds every receiving record at Ursuline ... ranks No. 15 in the state of Ohio for career receiving yards ... named all-conference as a junior and senior ... earned team offensive MVP honors as a senior ... earned the Young Talent Vindicator Award ... also returned punts and kickoffs.
Matt Sanders
LB * 6-2 * 222
Louisville, Ky. (Male High School)
Team compiled a 50-8 record during his prep career ... played in the state championship game three of four years, winning state titles in 2000 and 1998 ... due to injury, played in only four games as a senior, but recorded 20 tackles, two sacks and one interception ... as a junior recorded 105 tackles, 12 sacks, one interception and forced two fumbles ... earned all-district, all-county and honorable mention all-state honors as a junior and senior ... named team's most outstanding defensive player as a senior.
Eric Shelton
RB * 6-3 * 230
Lexington, Ky. (Bryan Station High School/Florida State)
At Florida State: Saw action in all 11 games ... ranked fourth on the Seminoles with 29 carries for 130 yards (4.5 avg).
At Bryan Station: First team USA Today and Parade All-American ... a SuperPrep Elite 50 member ... selected All-America by Reebok/ESPN ... BorderWars.com selected him among their Top 100 prospects ... also made Rivals.com's Top 100 list ... tabbed by Atlanta Constitution as a Super Southern selection ... named to Orlando Sentinel's All-Southern team ... scored 32 touchdowns and averaged over 10 yards per carry ... rushed for 4,970 yards and 59 TD's over his career and was a two-time state class 4A Player of the Year ... totaled 129 tackles, 41 tackles for losses and 11 QB sacks during his prep career at linebacker ... also played defensive end ... has a 36-inch vertical leap and bench presses 350 pounds ... an all-state track performer competing in the high hurdles, triple jump and 4x100 relay.
Kraig Shelton
DL * 6-5 * 265
Vandalia, Ohio (Butler Senior High School)
Three-year letterwinner who broke into the starting lineup as a sophomore ... notched a team-high 13 sacks, 95 tackles and 15 quarterback hurries as a senior to anchor a defense which allowed a conference-best 11.3 points per game ... his senior squad posted a 13-2 record and finished second in the conference while notching district and regional championships on the way to the state semifinal game ... his junior squad posted a 12-2 record and won conference and district titles while advancing to the state regional finals ... named first team all-conference, first team all-area and first team all-district as a junior and senior ... named honorable mention all-state as a senior ... also played offensive tackle as a senior.
Gavin Smart
WR * 5-9 * 177
Lakeland, Fla. (Lakeland High School)
An accomplished wideout and kick returner who led Lakeland to a 35-3 record as a three-year starter ... helped lead Lakeland to a perfect 15-0 record and a state title as a sophomore ... rushed for 875 yards, caught 10 passes for 300 yards and broke into the end zone 17 times as a senior ... rushed for 1,248 yards as a junior ... had a 95-yard kickoff return and three punt returns for touchdowns (98, 95 and 60 yards) as a senior ... had two 99-yard and a 96-yard kickoff return for touchdowns and one 58-yard punt return for a touchdown as a sophomore ... holds school records for longest kick off return for a touchdown (99 yards), longest punt return for a touchdown (98 yards) and most career returns for touchdowns (8) ... selected as first team all-county and honorable mention all-state as a senior ... named second team all-state as a junior ... invited to the 2001 Down Under Bowl in Australia, but was unable to attend.
Jerry Spencer
6-3 * 310 * OL
Eagle Springs, N.C. (East Central CC)
NJCAA Honorable Mention All-American ... rated as the No. 89 junior college prospect by JCFootball.com ... a two-year starter on an offensive line that ranked among the state's leaders in rushing and total offense while posting 6-4 records in each of the past two seasons ... under the tutelage of head coach Terry Underwood, Spencer blossomed into one of the top offensive lineman in the Mississippi Junior College League ... as a sophomore, Spencer earned first-team all-state and all-region honors and was named the Southern Division's top offensive lineman after helping to lead his team to the semifinal game of the state playoffs ... a starter in all 11 games as a freshman at East Central, Spencer was the anchor of an offensive line which produced the state's top rushing offense, while also ranking second in total offense ... teammate at East Central of fellow transfer Dontay Spillman.
Dontay Spillman
WR * 6-0 * 185
Louisville, Ky. (Valley High School/East Central CC)
Major contributor for a team which ranked among the state leaders in total offense while posting 6-4 records in each of the past two seasons ... totaled 1,398 yards on 82 receptions with 12 touchdowns in only 19 games during his two-year career at East Central ... named first team All-Mississippi CC by NJCAA.com as a sophomore ... as a sophomore was selected first team all-state and all-region ... as a freshman returned three punts for touchdowns ... played in the Mississippi Junior All-Star game where he earned offensive MVP honors ... teammate at East Central of fellow transfer Jerry Spencer.
Jimmy Strong
CB * 6-0 * 173
Gibsonton, Fla. (East Bay High School)
Played only one season of prep football ... notched 34 tackles, including 27 solo stops, three pass breakups and 10 interceptions for an 8-3 team which claimed the Western Conference title and advanced to the state playoffs ... that team ranked in the top 10 of the 5A state rankings for five weeks ... his 10 interceptions ranked among the state leaders ... named first team All-Western Conference and first team All-Tampa Bay Area by the Tampa Tribune ... was a starter in the Hillsborough County All-Star Game ... the team's second-leading scorer with eight touchdowns on the year despite seeing only spot duty on offense ... caught four passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 38 times for 370 yards and six touchdowns ... also notched a passing touchdown ... averaged 25.5 yards on six kickoff returns and 16.2 yards on five punt returns ... also an accomplished basketball player, he averaged 21.2 points as a junior and 20.3 points as a senior.
Michael Sturgeon
C * 6-3 * 270
Louisville, Ky. (St. Xavier High School)
Three-year starter at St. Xavier where he led his team to a 34-5 record ... helped lead St. Xavier to a 14-1 record and a state title during his sophomore campaign ... earned second team all-state and first team all-region honors as a senior ... earned first team all-district, first team all-region and honorable mention all-state honors as a junior ... was also the team's long-snapper.
P.J. Tavarczky
OL * 6-3 * 275
Carmel, Ind. (Carmel High School)
Picked as one of Indiana's top 33 players by the Bloomington Herald ... ranked as one of the state's top 50 players by Indiana coaches ... team posted a 19-7 record his two seasons as a starter ... helped lead his team to a 9-4 record and a sectional championship as a senior when his team averaged 225 rushing yards per game ... anchored an offense which averaged 260 rushing yards a game his junior season ... earned first team all-state, first team all-conference and first team all-county honors as a senior ... named first team all-state and honorable mention all-county as a junior ... picked to play in the Indiana North/South All-Star game.
James Taylor
WR * 6-2 * 185
Garfield Heights, Ohio (Garfield Heights HS/Fort Scott JC)
At Fort Scott JC: The No. 3-ranked junior college prospect at wide receiver according to JCFootball.com ... under the tutelage of head coach Kevin Verdugo, Taylor blossomed into one of the top wide receivers in the junior college ranks ... as a sophomore, Taylor was an NJCAA Second Team All-American and a NJCAA All-Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference first team selection and was ranked as the No. 18 junior college prospect by JCFootball.com ...with 30 catches for 594 yards and five touchdowns in only six games in 2001, Taylor ranked fourth among junior college receivers with five catches per game. At Garfield Heights HS: Named to Cleveland's 'Best of the Best' team twice while also earning first team all-county and all-state honors his junior and senior campaigns ... under head coach Chuck Reisland, Taylor established nine school records, including catches in a game (12), season (70) and career (158), receiving yards in a game (227), season (1,044) and career (2,619), and touchdown catches in a game (5), season (15) and career (35).