Top commits rave about Strong

Charlie Strong is considered one of the nation's top recruiters and his imminent hiring at Louisville is already drawing rave reviews from several of the Cardinals top commitments. has reaction from three-star commits Quan Weaver, Stephan Robinson and Harris Bivin, plus key recruits Luke Woodley and Chase Peterson.

Charlie Strong is expected to be announced as Louisville's new coach Wednesday and that news had several of the Cardinals commitments buzzing Tuesday afternoon.

"I've talked to some of my coaches and they thought he'd be a good fit there," said O-Lineman Chase Peterson. "He's a great guy and a really good coach. I'm looking forward to it."

Peterson, who like Strong is an Arkansas native, plans to take an official visit to Louisville in the next month or two and says he wants to play for Strong and the Cardinals.

"I feel that's where I want to be – at Louisville," Peterson said. "From what I've heard about how he coaches and handles matters he sounds like he's a very good coach and person."

Stephan Robinson, a three-star wide receiver from Louisville Central, will participate in the the East/West All-Star game at Southern High this weekend. Robinson said he's ready to play for UofL's new coach.

"I'm excited, I'm very excited," Robinson said. "Hopefully he brings Florida's spread offense and that young receiver coach [Billy Gonzales] with him. I'm pretty excited."

Robinson, rated the nation's No. 124 wide receiver, is an important local recruit for the Cardinals. He chose UofL over Illinois and Indiana.

Chase Peterson was excited about Louisville's new coach.
"I was going to stay with Louisville regardless if it was [Strong], the coach from Houston or Central Michigan," Robinson said.

Strong will probably also try to convince Robinson's high school teammate, Timothy Patterson, to stay home and play for the Cardinals. Patterson, a three-star defensive end, is also considering Kentucky. Patterson told the Louisville Courier-Journal this week that he's waiting to see who Louisville named as their coach before making his college decision.

"He's the [defensive] coach of the number one team in college football," Robinson said of Strong. "He [Patterson] likes that."

Harris Bivin, a three-star offensive lineman from Owensboro, said Strong is a great hire for Louisville.

"I was pretty sure he was going to get the job because I heard that was the only person we interviewed," Bivin said. "Since he's been a candidate for coach I've watched his coaching style and he seems like a really good coach. From what I've heard from people at UofL he's a really nice guy and a smart coach. He seems like a pretty cool guy."

Bivin expects to meet with Strong next week once he gets settled at UofL.

"Coach [Greg] Nord said whoever it is they're going to come down and talk to me next week," Bivin said. "I'm looking forward to talking to him. He's very worthy of the job. It doesn't change my commitment."

Quan Weaver, a three-star running back from Frankfort, Ky, learned the news of Strong's hiring first from His initial reaction was positive, though he's eagerly awaiting to learn if Strong will honor his scholarship. Weaver is rated the No. 66 running back nationally.

"I've been waiting to see who they were going to hire to find out if they were going to honor my scholarship or not," Weaver said. "I'm glad they've got a new coach but I'm just waiting to see what they're going to do."

Weaver said he thought Strong would be a very good hire for the Cardinals.

"All I know about him is that he's the defensive coordinator at Florida," Weaver said. "I think it's a very good hire for Louisville. He's won the national championship multiple times and he knows how to win. That's going to be great for us because he'll know what it takes for us to win more games."

Weaver said he's not considering other schools. He chose Louisville over Kentucky, Purdue and Indiana.

"Ever since I committed I didn't go on any more visits or attend any other camps," Weaver said. "Louisville is where I want to be. I'm expecting to go to Louisville."

Luke Woodley, a two-star quarterback from Dallas, sounded excited about Strong's hiring. He's listed as a soft commitment and wants to make sure he fits into Strong's new offense before solidifying his commitment. Woodley said he still plans to enroll at UofL in January.

"I think it's great," Woodley said. "I'm looking forward to meeting him. I've just got to wait and see who he's going to bring in as offensive coordinator. I think it's a great hire and he's an excellent coach. It just kind of depends on the offensive coordinator."

Stay tuned to for more reaction from recruits, including an in-depth update on Luke Woodley.

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