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“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’. ”
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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.”
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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?”
BEST OF MAXIM
Louisville coach Charlie Strong has signed 17 recruits, aiming to build on the Cardinals' successful run to a Sugar Bowl championship.
Strong put special emphasis on bolstering his defense with 10 commitments, including five in the secondary. Eight of the 17 signees are from Florida, which has provided the Cardinals plenty of talent.
But the biggest name was on offense and...
Charlie Strong introduced his 2013 recruiting class yesterday afternoon at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The Louisville program signed 16 players and appeared to be finished with the 2013 class. However, Stacy Thomas, a 4-star outside linebacker/defensive end from Gulliver Prep in Miami, FL., is set to make his decision next week and says he’ll decide between Louisville and Indiana...
As of 11:30 this morning, Charlie Strong and the Louisville football program have received signed letters of intent from all fourteen commitments from the 2013 class.
-Skylar Lacey | 3-Star
6-foot-6 290-pound, offensive lineman, Greenwood, IN.
-Kyle Bolin | 4-Star
6-foot-3 185-pound, quarterback, Lexington, KY.
-Kyle Shortridge | 3-Star
6-foot-2 273-pound, defensive tackle, Seminole...
The University of Louisville football coaching staff continued to raid the state of Florida for top prospects. Charlie Strong and his staff signed eight of 17 prospects in the Class of 2013 from the Sunshine State. Cardinal Authority has a look at the connection in the fertile state of Florida.
The University of Louisville football program announced a new signing class that had 17 players in it on Wednesday, the college football national signing day. The class included the school’s highest-rated player ever – James Quick – and 10 new players on the defensive side of the ball. U of L coach Charlie Strong said the Cardinals’ “we’re able to fill our needs” with the class.
Jermaine Grace, the one and only uncommitted prospect that was still considering Louisville has decided to sign with Miami.
Grace, a 6-foot-2 195-pound outside linebacker from Miramar, FL.,held a press conference this afternoon at his high school and made the announcement on ESPNU. Charlie Strong and staff looked to be in good shape with Grace, but unfortunately he decided to...
Our man Mike Lindsey, also known as CrumsRevenge, put together this great highlight video with clips from each of Louisville’s sixteen signees in the 2013 recruting class. Like Charlie Strong said in his press conference yesterday, this is a small class that can do big things.
NSD 2013: You Don’t Want These Cards from @CrumsRevenge on Vimeo.
Jermaine Grace, a four-star 6-foot-2 195-pound outside linebacker from Miramar, FL., is the only uncommitted recruit that Louisville fans should keep an eye on tomorrow. There are a couple of recruits that are already committed that could make the flip to Louisville, but Grace decided to hold out until tomorrow. He’ll decide between Miami and Louisville.
Rivals.com polled eight...
College football national signing day has come and gone and the University of Louisville signed a class of 17 players, including one transfer. Cardinal Authority has a notebook full of items from the day's festivities, including Charlie Strong talking about how many scholarships are left and possible early playing time.
Lamar Robbins, 6-foot-3, 190-pound cornerback from Miami, Florida signed with South Florida this morning. Robbins verbally committed to USF a couple of weeks ago, but there was some speculation that he may flip to Louisville.
He is one of the few recruits that Louisville fans were tracking this morning. Robins had taken an official visit to Louisville a couple of weeks ago, but...
Rick Pitino’s 2013 recruiting class looks to be complete. However, things can always change. Pitino has even said this himself. Montrezl Harrell is a perfect example of how things can develop during the offseason. At this point, I’d say Louisville will not bring in any other players in 2013, but that doesn’t mean they’ve stopped following prospects.
According to Ryan Schmidt...
Teddy Bridgewater is now the NFL's top 2014 QB prospect. He'll compete for #1 overall to boot. Mike Francesa declares the 20-year-old Louisville Cardinals quarterback THE STEAL of the 2013 NFL Draft....
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
If you missed Monday night’s edition of Inside The Press Box, here is the podcast. Click here to view from your mobile device.
I spent most of Monday’s show talking about Super Bowl commercials and recapping Louisville’s big win over Marquette. Have the Cards turned the corner? Plenty of callers shared their thoughts. I also talked about Charlie Strong’s newest football commit.
It was a tale of two halves for the Cards tonight. What started as a sloppy and sluggish performance, ended in a twenty point win for Louisville. The Cards led by just two points at halftime, but outscored Rutgers 40-22 in the second half, cruising to a 68-48 win.
Wayne Blackshear led all scorers with 18-points, connecting on 3-of-5 three point attempts. He scored seven of Louisville’s...