Camps are key to Louisville's success

Cardinal Authority is counting down the days until the University of Louisville football team starts the season on Sept. 5 against Auburn in the Chick-Fil-A Classic at the Georgia Dome. It's 84 days before the game and we look at Louisville's summer camps and how they use the camps for success of the future of the program.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said prior to spring practice that his staff would keep the same approach to recruiting players to the program as they did last season.

The Cardinals extend a bunch of offers, try and hone in on the top targets and then keep them until signing day.

But with new recruiting folks Dave Boller and Cort Dennison running the summer camps, the staff is also trying to bring in as many talented kids for the camps and evaluate those prospects.

"We like getting the kids on campus and letting them work with our staff," Petrino said. "It's a big plus."

The Cardinals held a one-day camp last week and had over 100 prospects - with at least five that had offers - and today had another with around 100 kids - and four with offers. Several others will leave camp with offers from the staff.

U of L has added a camp on Sunday for around 20 prospects, including at least five with offers, and this week there will be camps with more prospects - some from in-state.

"We're trying to get as many kids on campus as we can and when we get them do a good job to impress them," Boller said in a recent interview. "We just have to spread the word."

Petrino said the summer camps are "vital" to the future of the program.

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