Despite more than two dozen scholarship offers to his name, Xavier Porter’s commitment race was narrowed down to a trio of options.
On Saturday afternoon, Tampa (Fla.) Catholic was caught in a program rife between four-star tours and will head to the next level, the ACC.
Porter said, “I’ve decided to go to Louisville.” “I think it was the best fit for me on and off the field. I like what’s going on out there in Kansas, but Louisville just fits more.
“When I came back from the last trip, I knew exactly where I wanted to go.”
Getting the first official trip to the Cardinals was key to Jeff Brom winning this recruiting event. Porter had a preconceived notion of the program, which was not always positive. But last month’s trip cleared everything up.
“It’s a small town and the people there are very nice,” he said. “It felt great out there, it’s not exactly what people think.
“There’s been a huge cultural change.”
Porter even told the Cardinals coaching staff that he was on board long before Saturday’s announcement. It shows the budding-senior recruiter’s confidence in his future coaching staff.
Porter said, “Coach Brom has a proven track record and my D-line coach, Coach (Mark) Hagen, has a reputation for turning guys from low draft picks to high draft picks.” “I feel like he can get me up there, via a quick and twitchy three-way technique.
“I feel really comfortable with Coach Brom. He can turn a poorly performing program around to help propel a good program. He also brings in good people in the recruiting process, which is why I think he’s a good coach…”
When Porter informed the staff about his commitment, everyone’s reaction was palpable. This only re-emphasised his ease in selection.
He laughed and said, “They were all really excited. Coach (Mark) Ivey, who recruited me the hardest, went nuts.” “It’s nice to know they really wanted me and it wasn’t fake love.”
Overall, Porter thinks the new coaching staff will hit the ground running in a relatively wide-open ACC.
He said, “No matter what, Louisville always ranks among the top 25 teams in college football.” “I feel like with this coaching staff and players like me, we can do something good.”
Porter is the fifth Floridian to join UofL’s 2024 recruiting class, also coming in as the 15th overall pledge to the program to date.
“You’re finding a hidden gem,” Porter said of what he would bring to the program.