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Cards add ESPN 300 WR, juco QB

12/16/2012

Four-star wide receiver Richard Benjamin (Tampa, Fla./Tampa Bay Tech) and junior college quarterback Brett Nelson (Los Angeles/Southwest College) committed Sunday to play for head coach Charlie Strong and Louisville, multiple sources report.

Benjamin is a 5-foot-11, 194-pound senior ranked No. 188 in the ESPN 300. He was in Louisville this weekend for an official visit. Benjamin also made an official visit to Purdue on Oct. 12th.

At one point during the process he also held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Clemson, Florida, Floria Atlantic, Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Miami-FL, Michigan State, Minnesota, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Rutgers, South Florida, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Central Florida, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

ESPN says Benjamin, the Cardinals' new top recruit "possesses one of the best size/speed combos in this class ... is a playmaker at all three levels of the passing game ... shows intriguing playmaking skills on defense ... could be a field-position-changer in the return game ... excellent prospect."

Nelson is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect who also made an official visit this weekend. He joins in-state three-star Kyle Bolin (Lexington, Ky./Catholic) as QB pledges for the Cardinals.

Louisville, which recently lost three-star wide receiver Corey Cooper (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook), holds 10 verbals for 2013.