Louisville coach looked to Florida for new signees

Louisville coach Charlie Strong has dipped into his deep Florida ties again and loaded up his third class with another group of highly touted defenders, headlined by linebackers Keith Brown and Nick Dawson.

Strong said Wednesday his class also emphasized linemen with 11 players - six on defense and five on offense.

Strong had success again in Miami, the area he recruited when he was on the staff at Florida. Eight signees are from Miami, while two more are transfers from the Gators.

Louisville is returning 18 starters from a 7-6 team, including starting quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and its entire secondary. The class ranked between second and fifth in the Big East among the major recruiting services, and between 37th and 46th nationally among the 120 teams in the FBS.

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