Cardinals '13 class high in quality

Small in numbers, but high on quality, the 2013 recruiting class for the University of Louisville receives high marks from Scout.com's national recruiting analysts.

Likely to peak out at 18 before all is complete, the 2013 recruiting class for the University of Louisville may be smaller than most, but it's filled with quality that meets team needs, while also establishing depth in key areas.

Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong secured the top in-state talent in five-star wide receiver and James Quick from Louisville Trinity and Lexington Catholic product Kyle Bolin, a four-star quarterback, while also gaining commitments from some of the regions top players.

"The quality is very good," said Scout.com national recruiting expert Chad Simmons.  "James Quick leads the way, but plenty of other talented prospects in this class.  I really like how hard Louisville recruits the south and they have landed some good ones from that region in 2013."

While the spotlight often shines on the skill position players, Louisville did an excellent job finding guys that will man the trenches during in the upcoming years. Three offensive linemen, Chandler Bridges, Cameron Fraser and Skylar Lacy, along with Finesse Middleton, De'Asian Richardson and Kyle Shortridge on the defensive front, provide size and depth on both lines.

"With a small class, balance can be especially important, and no more so than on the lines of scrimmage," said Scott Kennedy, Scout.com's Director of Scouting. "Louisville may have less than 20 to give, but getting three offensive linemen and three defensive tackles will save the Cardinals from a lot of problems down the road despite the small class. Linemen are needs every year."

Due in part to the smaller number of total commitments, Louisville 2013 recruiting class is ranked 53rd in the nation and 2nd in the Big East Conference heading into National Signing Day. Additionally, the class average star rating - often a good indicator of quality within a signing class - enters National Signing Day at 3.0, which is tied for 30th best in the country.

Momentum created by the Cardinals victory over Florida in the Sugar Bowl, the school's invitation to join the ACC and Charlie Strong's new contract helped fuel the program's efforts during the final weeks of the 2013 class.

"Louisville has a lot of momentum right now," said Simmons.  "That win over Florida was big for this program, then Charlie Strong is there for years to come, and Louisville is becoming a very relevant program in the south, which is big for recruiting. This program is really moving in the right direction on and off the field."

While the positive publicity assisted the Cardinals coaching staff in wrapping the 2013 recruiting class, the momentum created will have even more of an impact and be more visible with their 2014 recruiting efforts.

"There's an old saying in Major League Baseball that a player makes the All-Star game the year after he's earned it," said Kennedy. "Recruiting is like that. We didn't see a big bump in Louisville's recruiting immediately after the Sugar Bowl, and we shouldn't expect to. However, like the All-Star game, I expect to see Louisville making more of an impact on the national scene in the coming year."


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