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Dunbar linebacker Horace Miller was all set to join teammate Courtney Bridget at UNLV. Poets wide receiver Sean Farr was deciding between offers from Akron and Toledo.

Then last week Louisville suddenly entered the picture. The Cardinals sent secondary coach Larry Slade to Dunbar, and the former Tennessee assistant left Baltimore with commitments from Miller and Farr.

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Two Poets headed to Louisville

"It was like two days after coach Slade got hired [that we were offered]," Miller said. "He was previously working at Tennessee, he got hired at Louisville and he went straight to recruiting. … We kept in touch for a long time while he was at Tennessee. He kept telling me he wanted me, but Tennessee didn't really want me. ... I believe it was a great situation for coach Slade and myself. It just seemed right for both for us."

Miller, who made his official visit to Louisville two weekends ago, had previously committed to UNLV. When the Cardinals entered the picture, though, Miller weighed both schools' location and overall atmosphere. Miller preferred the idea of living in Louisville over Las Vegas for the next four years. It wasn't easy telling Bridget of his decision.

"He's a great person," Miller said of Bridget. "He called me a couple times ... and was just saying, 'don't come to UNLV just because I'm here.' ... He never pressured me to go to UNLV. He just wished me well where I go. And I made the decision for me."

Two Poets headed to Louisville

It didn't take much convincing for Farr to commit. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder, who took his official visit to Louisville last weekend, was extremely familiar with the Cardinals' offensive reputation.

"I already knew they liked to throw the ball," Farr said. "I saw their quarterback before, [current Green Bay Packers backup] Brian Brohm. So I know they pass a lot. The coaches are looking at me to come in there and make plays."

Farr, who was falsely rumored to be an Akron commitment, said he was happy he took a deliberate approach with his recruitment.

"I was just weighing my options, making sure I was making the right decision for me and my family," Farr said. "It feels great."

Six Dunbar seniors have now made oral commitments to Div. 1 schools. Running back Tavon Austin is headed to West Virginia, Bridget is going to UNLV, running back Davon Muse pledged to Central Michigan and linebacker Gary Onuekwusi will play for Temple. Offensive lineman Antonio Brown has accepted an offer from Morgan State, a Football Championship Subdivision program. Miller said he's happy to be playing with Farr, but wishes he could take his other teammates along for the ride.

"I love these guys. I want to be playing with all of them together," Miller said. "I wish we could make a college team with just Dunbar. I think we could win a national championship with them. But in the Big East, Tavon is going to West Virginia. Me and Sean will be on the same team. And I know Courtney's going to do good out there. ... I can't wait to be in the Big East."

Credits: Baltimore Sun photos by Kenneth K. Lam (Miller) and Algerina Perna (Farr).

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