December 10, 2007

Philpott: I fell in love with Louisville

Moments after Art Carmody's final collegiate kick gave the Cardinals a win over Rutgers, many Louisville fans wondered how he would be replaced. It appears that the nation's number ten-rated kicker will attempt to fill the Groza Award winner's big shoes. has more on UofL's latest commitment, three-star kicker Chris Philpott...

The St. Pius X athlete (Atlanta, Ga.) made his pick Monday. "I'm in the clouds," the 6-foot, 186-pound prospect said. "I got an offer on Friday and I told them to give me some time to think about it, even though I was 99 percent sure about my decision. I talked to my family about it. Louisivlle is the right place for me. I have family in Cincinnati, so it's not a bad travel."

Philpott said he "fell in love" with Louisville while on an official visit there in October. "It was the right fit for me, and I love Coach (Mark) Nelson," he said. "I have a chance to start next year. I have some big shoes to fill in Art Carmody. I actually talked to him today and he congratulated me about my decision."

Carmody and Philpott met at a couple of different camps this summer, and became good friends along the way. "They told me I have to earn the starting job, but they expect me to be the guy," Philpott said.

During his senior season, Philpott was 12 of 15 on field goals, with longs of 51, 50, and 49. "My kickoffs are probably my specialty," he added. "The new rule of kicking off from the 30-yard line probably helped me out. I normally put them three or four yards out of the end zone in high school, kicking off from the 40-yard line. That's really what sold me to a lot of oclleges."

Philpott had roughly 92 percent of his kicks go for touchbacks, and that number accounts for onside kicks and pooch kicks as well. He also played defensive back in high school.

He had three offers - Air Force, Army, and Navy and was also being looked at by West Virginia.

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