Famurewa logged 70 tackles — 34 solo — with seven sacks last season, his first as a member of the varsity team. The 6-foot-2, 231-pounder chose Louisville over a group that included Boston College, North Carolina State, Iowa and Illinois. He made his decision in June, roughly one month after attending Louisville’s spring game.
“I talked it over with my parents, and we considered visiting the other schools, but Louisville was the first school that offered me, and they showed a lot of interest,” Famurewa said. “When I visited them, it just felt like home.
“Everyone was very welcoming, and it’s a great place to play football. They’re a team on the rise, and they’re going into the (Atlantic Coast Conference) next year, so that’s exciting. They have a great staff and I wanted to play for coach (Charlie) Strong.”
Famurewa had some positive discussions with the Cardinals’ coaching staff during his visit, which helped with his decision.
“They liked my physical size and character,” Famurewa said. “They said they like my speed and my aggressiveness. I don’t stop and I’m a playmaker.
“The facilities, the campus, my teammates, the dorms, the atmosphere from the fans — all of that helped make my decision easier.”
McEachern coach Kyle Hockman understands the kind of player Louisville will in 2014.
“He’ll be a second-year starter for us this season at defensive end,” Hockman said. “He’s explosive, strong and runs well.
“In a 4-3 defense, he’d be a great speed rusher off the end, or he can play outside linebacker. He can be moved around to best utilize him. He’s still learning the game, and he’s still growing. His best football is in front of him, and going to Louisville is a great opportunity for him.”
The same can be said for Thompson, who started every game last season and also logged a few starts in his sophomore season. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Thompson had 58 tackles, including 41 solo.
“Daryus is a prototypical safety with his size,” Hockman said. “He has really good range in center-field and can come up and hit. He could play outside linebacker if he grows and gets stronger, or he can stay at safety because he’s good at checking coverages.
“He’s still learning the game, and I’m excited about his career at Miami.”
Like most seniors, Famurewa is excited he won’t have make such a big decision during the fall.
“It feels really good to get it over with,” he said. “I still have the other schools looking at me, but I’m going to stick with my decision. It’s really a blessing.
“Now, I’m just ready to go out and play with my team at McEachern and try to get a state championship.”