SUNSHINE STATE SPARKLE
The University of Louisville football program has fared well recruiting the state of Florida for a long time, but things were even better under Charlie Strong.
The former U of L coach created the series with Florida International to give his coaches a chance to get back into South Florida every other year for recruiting.
Now, Strong is at Texas and Bobby Petrino and his staff are likely going to benefit from the exposure in South Florida this weekend when the Cardinals tangle with Florida International at 3:30 p.m. in Miami.
"It's a great advantage for us to go down and recruit the state," recruiting coordinator Greg Brown said. "Every since coach Petrino was here the first time, I know he's made recruiting Florida a priority and we'll continue to do so with this staff."
The staff will likely go out to a few games in the area to make their presence known on Friday night while in town. The Cardinals have two commitments from the state of Florida in the Class of 2015, including Boynton Beach quarterback Lamar Jackson.
"It's big for us," Brown said. "We just need to keep our name out down there."
Brown also said with the season started there's been excitement generated on the recruiting front. He can't talk about specific prospects but the Cardinals have a confirmed 18 commitments already in the '15 class.
"The best statement any team can make (in recruiting) is to go out and win some games," he said. "That's where we're at, we just need to go out and win."
FORMER UK COMMIT PLANS VISIT
A month after backing off a commitment to Kentucky, Lake Wales (Fla.) offensive lineman Luke Hiers tells Scout.com that Louisville is a place he wants visit.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Hiers is expected to make a visit to Central Florida this weekend and is also hearing from Temple, Florida Atlantic and Georgia Tech.
Hiers is a three-star prospect and ranks as the No. 13 center in the country.
"I want to go to Louisville on an official visit," Hiers told USFNation.com. "We've kind of been talking about that."
EX-MIAMI COMMIT IN THE MIX?
Westminster Christian four-star running back Jordan Cronkrite has backed off his pledge to Miami and is a name we could see on a U of L visit list soon.
The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Cronkrite tells Scout.com that he has a good relationship with U of L assistant coach Lamar Thomas and the Cardinals have been in touch.
Cronkrite, who ran for 1,300 plus yards and 16 touchdowns as a junior, has Florida, West Virginia, Notre Dame and plenty of others also chasing him.
CARDS OFFER TALLAHASSEE ATHLETE
Another offer out in Florida recently was to Tallahassee (Fla.) Florida State High School sophomore running back/safety Makel Young. He's a top prospect in the Class of 2017 and the 5-10, 190-pound Young also has an offer from South Florida.
"We have a sophomore running back, Makel Young, who has two offers from South Florida and Louisville. He has been starting for us since he was a freshman. He does a great job for us" Florida High head football coach Jarrod Hickman told Patrick Burnham of Scout.com.
Through three games this season Young has run for 207 yards on 26 carries while sharing the ball with senior quarterback and Alabama commit Ronnie Harrison.