Jaquan Lyle has been Rick Pitino's top recruiting target in the Class of 2014.
Jaquan Lyle chose Louisville over Indiana, Tennessee and Florida
Wednesday afternoon, the Louisville Cardinals coach got his man, securing a verbal commitment from one of the nation's top guard prospects.
A star from Evansville (IN) Bosse, Lyle chose the national champions over Indiana, Tennessee and Florida. Lyle, who attended Tennessee's basketball camp last weekend, made an unofficial visit to Louisville earlier this month with his mother.
Lyle cut his list in Charlottesville, Va., two weeks ago, eliminating Ohio State, Illinois and UCLA from consideration. In the end, the school that had shown the most interest for the longest period of time -- Louisville -- secured the 6-5 Lyle's verbal commitment.
Lyle's commitment further boosts Louisville's recruiting class, which was ranked No. 5 nationally by 247Sports prior to his announcement. Lyle joins Ballard point guard Quentin Snider and Seattle small forward Shaqquan Aaron.
"Lyle gives Louisville a terrific trio in the backcourt and they have three guys that can play together," 247Sports recruiting director Jerry Meyer said. "Lyle can play three positions, including point guard. Lyle has always been an extremely skilled player and he's become a true power guard that can surprise you with a burst of athleticism. He's very good once he gets inside the defense."
Lyle is ranked the No. 26 player nationally by 247Sports and the fifth-best shooting guard. He is ranked 15th nationally in the 247Composite and the No. 3 SG in the Class of 2014.
Lyle's commitment vaulted Louisville's 2014 recruiting class to No. 3 nationally in the 247Sports team rankings behind UNC and Ohio State.