Lamar Jackson resists Florida, signs with Louisville

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Lamar Jackson, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound quarterback from Boynton Beach, Fla., signed a letter of intent late Wednesday morning to play his college football at the University of Louisville.

His commitment coming after a late push from the Jim McElwain, the new Florida football coach, to persuade Jackson to play for an “SEC power” and stay in his home state. Reports of the Florida coaches making 20 attempts to talk with him during the hours leading up to his announcement. He had just visited the Florida campus over the weekend.

Jackson is a Bobby Petrino-type quarterback, good at passing or running the ball. He threw for 1,306 yards and rushed for 962 while accounting for 35 total touchdowns.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.