College football coaches have the preseason, the regular-season and spring season they have to worry about with their current players.
But the most important season might be recruiting season. Schools snagging players in the recruiting game is so important and anymore that season never ends.
"Recruiting is a 12-month affair now," Louisville football recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary said. "With the web sites and social media, it doesn't stop.
"It's the heartbeat of a program. If you are not doing it during the season, then you are going to get too far behind. You might not be able to catch up."
Jean-Mary said the U of L staff "takes recruiting very seriously" and spends time on recruiting "seven days a week."
With the time spent, the Cardinals are ahead of the game in '14. U of L already has 25 verbal commitments in the Class of 2014 and has more big fish on the line, trying to add to the class.
The Cardinals have 22 three-star prospects and a pair of four-stars among the commitments, with the class currently ranked No. 18.
"We have some more," Jean-Mary said when asked how many recruits the Cardinals would sign. "We have a larger senior class and some other guys whose eligibility will run out, so we can take more.
" We want to make sure we maximize the amount of scholarships we can give out. We just have to be smart with what we take."
Jean-Mary said the linebacker and tight end positions are key this season, noting the staff "wants to keep building numbers at those positions." The Cardinals have three linebackers and one tight end already committed.
"We have to make sure to build those positions because they're also core special teams players," Jean-Mary said. "
Jean-Mary said as the Cardinals move forward the staff wants to "make sure we get the most talented kids that we can get," to fill out the class.
Among those top prospects the Cardinals are still after include defensive tackle Daniel Cage, Deland, Fla., offensive lineman Ben Knox, Fort Pierce, Fla., linebacker Sharieff Rhaheed, Miramar, Fla., safety Andre Godfrey, Clearwater, Fla., defensive back Mike Johnson and defensive end Chad Thomas, a five-star defensive end committed to Miami but slated to visit U of L in January.
"We want to get the most talented player at the position we are after," Jean-Mary said. "We are never going to sacrifice the quality over quantity. We want to build depth at positions, but we have to have quality depth."