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National Signing Day 2014: ATH Cornelius Sturghill signs with Louisville

Promises of lining up on offense and playing closer to home swayed the Memphis product.

Sturghill will now catch passes in the ACC.
Sturghill will now catch passes in the ACC.
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In not entirely unexpected news, Memphis athlete Cornelius Sturghill has decided to sign his letter of intent with the Louisville Cardinals. Sturghill, who was once so excited to commit to the Badgers that the Badgers had to have him commit twice, will sign with the Cardinals as a wide receiver in the pass-heavy Bobby Petrino offense. Considering the talented class of receivers that the Badgers have coming in, this was a promise that the Badgers just couldn't match.

The recruitment of Sturghill heated up quickly over the past month. Wisconsin officially made its offer to him less than a month ago on Jan. 9. Louisville got in the race on Jan. 29 and had him on campus this last Saturday and got his signature Wednesday.

Petrino did have a long-term interest in Sturghill, though, as Western Kentucky was one of the schools that had an offer out to Sturghill this year. Other offers came from Mississippi State, Northern Illinois, Purdue, Vanderbilt and UCLA. The Badgers still have two cornerbacks from this class in D'Cota Dixon and Derrick Tindal, with a decision from Chris Lammons forthcoming.