James Quick commits to Louisville over Ohio State on National Signing Day

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Charlie Strong and company managed to keep a big-time local prospect home.

James Quick, a wide receiver out of Trinity High School (KY), will stay home and play college football for the Louisville Cardinals. Quick was also considering Ohio State and held scholarship offers from numerous programs across the country.

Quick might be the best prospect in the state of Kentucky this year, and he is a headliner for head coach Charlie Strong and his staff. Rivals considers him the ninth-best wide receiver and No. 76 overall prospect in the class of 2013. He isn't rated quite so highly by 247Sports -- they have him at No. 111 in their overall rankings.

Quick became productive early in his high school career, racking up more than 1,200 receiving yards as a sophomore. In his senior year, he caught 85 passes for 1,413 yards and 16 touchdowns. His team won the state title in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Card Chronicle's Mike Rutherford has seen Quick play in person and is very impressed by his talent:

I'm far from a recruiting expert, but James Quick is the best area high school football player I've ever seen with my own eyes. That's a group that includes Michael Bush, Brian Brohm, Montrell Jones and Bernard jackson.

Quick could be an instant-impact player for the Cardinals in 2013, though Louisville will return the majority of its leading receivers. DeVante Parker and Damian Copeland were 1-2 on the team with 744 and 628 receiving yards, though Louisville does lose its third-leading receiver, Andrell Smith.

The Cardinals are coming off a big 2012 season that saw them finish 11-2 with a win over Florida in the Sugar Bowl.

Ratings: Quick is considered a four-star prospect by both Rivals and 247Sports.

Vitals: He's 6-foot-2, weighs 180 pounds and runs a 4.4 40.

Other offers: Ohio State, Oregon, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn

Twitter: @Uno1Siete7

Recruitment timeline: Quick made several visits to both Louisville and Ohio State during his recruitment. He took an official to Louisville on Dec. 14, and two days later he said the Cardinals were his leader. He committed to Louisville on Jan. 5.

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