Tapping Into Florida Football

Evidently the Florida recruiting pipeline hasn’t completely dried up, as some seem to have concluded. The University of Louisville has landed a commitment from defensive back Richard Lee, a player at powerful Lakeland Lake Gibson High School. That’s Richard “Champ” Lee, mind you, and he’s the fifth UofL recruit from Florida.

Lee is a cousin of Cardinal running back Bilal Powell, who probably encouraged him to choose Louisville over such schools as Purdue, West Virginia, South Florida, Ball State and Central Florida. He has a 4.5 speed for the 40.

Here’s what Florida Football says about Lee:

“This hard-hitting safety prospect is truly unique in the fact that he can play cornerback – if needed – and with his size and strength, it seems almost unfair to see him matched against receivers who are nowhere as physical and impressive as he is.

“Lee is one of those football players who use his knowledge, strength and athletic ability. He knows plenty about the game, has been taught and coached extremely well, and will certainly be one of those talents that in a few years from now, many will wonder how he ever got away from the bigger schools in Florida, who thirst of a big time playmaker with size and speed!”

Keep that Florida spigot turned on, and the outlook will improve, quickly.

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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.

3 thoughts on “Tapping Into Florida Football

  • January 15, 2009 at 2:41 pm
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    Somebody is doing something right. This kid sounds pretty good. Bilal must have told him some good things about the program.

  • January 15, 2009 at 3:35 pm
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    Sounds great! Would love to see some video of Champ.

  • January 15, 2009 at 5:24 pm
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    He looks good/promising. Maybe Koach is finally getting something together…..dare we believe? Go CARDS!

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