Originally written on Louisville Card Game  |  Last updated 11/20/14
“Character, height, speed, football awareness, and toughness.” Those are the things Charlie Strong says are critical to success when his staff is recruiting, putting an extra emphasis on character. He says the University of Louisville football program got all those things in the 17 individuals in the 2013 class. “These are young men who want to be a part of something special,” he said. For a while at least, Strong can finally look back at what his team accomplished in the Sugar Bowl. “I really didn’t have time to celebrate,” he said. “We had to hit the road recruiting right away. We had to keep moving, there wasn’t much time to reflect on things.” The class includes 10 players on defense, two linebackers, three corner backs, two safeties and two linemen. Offensive additions include two quarterbacks, three offensive linemen, a tight end and a wide receiver. The prize catch, of course, is James Quick, the wide receiver from Trinity. “You just look at his athletic ability and what he can do offensively. Any time he touches the ball, he can just make things happen. He’s going to be a great contributor wherever we use him. He’s a wide receiver but he’s also a guy you can move around.  What you also look at his family, his father played here, an outstanding family. They did a great job of raising him.” Strong also praised quarterback Kyle Bolin’s leadership qualities, noting that he expects the Lexington Catholic product to bounce back from the ACL injury that cut short his 2012 season. He said Bolin was also helpful in the recruiting process. “I was getting calls from from guys I didn’t know who would tell me that ‘Kyle gave me your number’. ” *   *   * The coach is relieved the recruiting process is over for a while. “It’s a good day because you build your program, add to what you already have. It is a process. You’re in and out of airports, you’re talking to this young man, you’re talking to that young man. You do get tired of it. Just want to get it over with. Now I can just go work with my team.” *   *   * He says UofL is still working on obtaining a marque game against a major opponent. “We’ll just have to see who wants to come in here and play us. Do you know anyone who would like to play us?”
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: LeBron James calls plays, David Blatt repeats them

Anthony Davis puts Harden ahead of himself for MVP

LeBron James lists his top three friends in the NBA

Reds to have in-stadium nursery

Izzo: MSU could win football, basketball titles in same year

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Durant ‘would love to’ spend entire career with Thunder

Elementary school sportswriter has hot take on Cam Newton

Romo was willing to take pay cut to keep DeMarco Murray

Marcus Mariota reportedly not planning to attend NFL draft

Alabama RB dismissed from team after marijuana arrest

Golden Tate: Departure of Suh won't pressure Lion's offense

Young sportswriter behind Cam Newton column speaks out

Tom Brady posts Photoshop as April Fools' joke on Facebook

'Zo on MJ: He would average almost 50 in today's NBA

Report: Las Vegas season ticket drive passes goal of 10,000

WATCH: Steph Curry drops Chris Paul with crossover

WATCH: Spoelstra gives nice shoutout to Craig Sager

WATCH: Drew Miller takes skate to the face

WATCH: Gronk describes his perfect wife

Reigning National Champions to boycott Final Four in Indiana

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

New development clears path for Rams relocation

WATCH: J.J. Watt sings about stadium food on 'New Girl'

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

WATCH: Curry drops CP3 with crossover

Durant wants to spend career in OKC

This isn’t Tom Izzo’s greatest March masterpiece

Are the Angels being overlooked?

Top 20 players in the Final Four

Top 10 players in baseball

Report: Tiger's plane spotted in Augusta

Moss shares story on meeting Deion

Five coaches already on the hot seat

Can we envision the Hawks in the Finals?

10 winners and losers from the past week in the NFL

Namath parties with 100 yr-old women

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.