Lorenzo Mauldin, the Atlanta defensive end who was a casualty of South Carolina’s oversigning, has decided to go to Louisville, he said Thursday night.
Mauldin signed a letter of intent to play for the Cardinals on Tuesday, he said.
“It’s like a bunch of drama going on between me and South Carolina,” he said. “I feel like I don’t need any drama going on.”
South Carolina took a verbal commitment from Mauldin but could not honor it on national signing day because its recruiting class became too full to meet NCAA rules. The Gamecocks asked Mauldin the day before signing day to delay his entry until January, and Mauldin was upset by the decision.
He has yet to qualify academically but said he feels good about the SAT he took Saturday.
“I actually felt like I passed it,” he said.
Louisville told Mauldin he can enroll as a non-qualifier or go to prep school if he does not get a qualifying test score, he said.