Recruiting off to good start

Preseason football practice for the upcoming 2011 season hasn't started yet, but Louisville's 2012 recruiting class is half way towards completion. Clint Hurtt, Charlie Strong's recruiting coordinator, provided an update on the Cardinals recruiting efforts.

Preseason football practice for the upcoming 2011 season hasn't started yet, but Louisville's 2012 recruiting class is half way towards completion.

Charlie Strong's Cardinals, who plan to sign a full class this year, according to recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, enter August with 12 verbal commitments. With a recruiting class halfway filled, Strong's program can be more selective with their remaining scholarships.

"We're looking to sign 25 guys," Hurtt told

Louisville's current group of commitments includes four offensive linemen and three cornerbacks, both positions of need. The Cardinals also have commitments from wide receiver Brandon Snell, tight end Larry Jefferson, linebacker DaQual Randall, quarterback Will Gardner, and punter Josh Appleby.

Nick Dawson is Louisville's top remaining recruiting target.
Hurtt said Louisville plans to add another offensive lineman or two, and land some help for the defensive line. The primary remaining recruiting goals, though, are to add quality depth at the tight end and linebacker positions. Jonathan Curry, a three-star tight end from Alabama, has Louisville in his Top 5 and plans to officially visit the Cardinals before making his decision this fall. Louisville and Clemson are the frontrunners for four-star linebacker Nick Dawson.

"We want to finish the offensive and defensive lines off strong," Hurtt said. "A big focal point in this recruiting class is tight end and linebacker. We have to create some depth and get some players in here."

Though Strong's first two recruiting classes consisted largely of players from Florida, Louisville has widened its recruiting reach this year. Only two of UofL's current commitments are from Florida. The Cardinals have commitments from Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

"When we all first got here we had strong ties to Florida," Hurtt said. "Coach Strong, myself, Coach [Vance] Bedford, Coach [Kenny] Carter, Coach [Ron] Dugans and Coach [Brian] Jean-Mary, we all had strong ties in Florida. That's never going to change.

"But we wanted to make inroads into Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, particularly the Atlanta area and southern Georgia. When Louisville or any university has not been prominent in an area sometimes it takes a year or two in recruiting for high school coaches, and [school personnel] to get to know you so you can start to build your inroads."

Will Gardner, a three-star quarterback, Demetrius Frazier, a talented cornerback, and Larry Jefferson, a three-star tight end, all hail from Georgia. Louisville also is establishing itself in Indiana, landing a pair of three-star Indianapolis offensive linemen - Sid Anvoots and DeAndre Herron.

"We're making inroads in Indianapolis right now," Hurtt said. "We're going into Ohio, Alabama and into Atlanta. It's not surprising we're making inroads in those places because we have an unbelievable coaching staff that works extremely hard in recruiting."

A few prospects to watch: Texas OT Seaver Myers; Florida DL Teko Powell; Florida TE Anthony Russell; Ohio OL Terry Davis; Florida OL Jordan Swindle; New York DT Jarron Jones; Georgia DL DeAngelo Brown; Oklahoma DT Ashton Henderson; Florida LB Patrick Jean.

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