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Louisville picks up Ohio WR

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Louisville added more offensive firepower to their arsenal when wide receiver Troy Pascley out of Alliance (Ohio) Marlington committed to the Cardinals.
The 6-foot-2, 182-pounder picked Louisville over offers from Michigan State, Illinois, Indiana, Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Akron and more. The prospect committed to coach Paul Petrino today during a visit to the school.
"I went into the visit with the idea that I was most likely going to commit. Coach Petrino and I sat in his office and we were talking and that's when I told him I wanted to commit," he said. "He was all smiles and really happy. He then told me he's ready for me to help him win a national championship. I think we can win it too because they've got all the tools including a great quarterback to make a run in the next two or three years.
"The rest of the day, I walked around with coach Petrino and we watched film to see what kind of routes I'd be running and how I'd fit into the offense. That was a lot of fun and I learned so much in my hour and a half with coach Petrino. Their offense is unbelievable," he said. "Besides being impressed with the facilities and weight room, the one other thing that stuck out to me on the trip was the dorm rooms. They are four bedrooms, two bathroom dorms, it's kind of like an apartment and then the whole campus is beautiful."
Did anything else help the Cardinals land Pascley?
"I felt like Louisville was the best college for me, it felt like it fit me better than everywhere else as far as me wanting to accomplish the goals I've set for myself and that style of offense seemed to fit me right," he said. "I sat down with my mom and dad and we all agreed that this was probably the best decision for me."
Any reason the No. 21 player in Ohio didn't want to wait any longer?
"It was more about me wanting to focus on my upcoming senior year with my teammates," he said. "I've been to every other school including Michigan State and Pittsburgh. Then I kind of had to just sit back and see myself being there and I felt comfortable at Louisville."
The wide receiver prospect feels he can bring a lot to the position when he arrives in Louisville.
"As far as a wide receiver, I think my strength is getting yards after the catch and getting open," he said. "The thing I really take pride in is blocking. I like doing that almost as much as catching the ball. I believe that is one of the biggest parts, to do the little things that others won't do."
In reference to Louisville's recent entrance into the Big East, Pascley is excited about the new opportunity.
"That makes our goal of a national championship all the more accomplishable," he said. "Being in Conference USA, Louisville didn't get the recognition they deserved and that loss to Miami last year really set them back despite averaging 50-points per game. If they have that kind of year in the Big East, they'll really open some eyes."
Pascley plans to attend perhaps four home games this season including the October 8th game against North Carolina for his official visit.
"I'll probably just be looking to try to learn the offense more by watching the games this year."
The Ohio prospect was named all-conference and all-Northeast Ohio after hauling in 23 receptions for 600 yards and nine touchdowns. He added three interceptions on defense.
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