Louisville has 12 football commitments in the last month with seven of those coming from the state of Florida

The University of Louisville football staff has re-focused its recruiting efforts in the state of Florida and it's working. The Cardinals have 12 commitments - Class of 2017 and '18 - since July 7 and seven are from the Sunshine State.

The University of Louisville football program has always been stronger when there's a little Sunshine on the roster.

Sunshine as in players from the Sunshine State - Florida.

The Cardinals currently have 18 players on the roster from the state of Florida but when his team only had one signee in the Class of 2016, Bobby Petrino said his staff was going to put more emphasis back on the state.

In the spring, as many as five coaches spent time in Florida recruiting and it's paying off.

"We're working hard at it," Petrino said. "We really wanted to make sure we spent some time down there. When you look back on the teams when I was here before 25, 26, 28 guys from the state of Florida. It's important to us."

Petrino said not just the number of athletes produces in the state of Florida is intriguing to him, but he recalled a season when he was an assistant coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars and his kids were playing little league football.

"I like the way kids are raised and the way they grow up (in Florida)," he said. "When I was coaching for the Jaguars, my boys were 10 and 12 and they started two a days before we did. Their weekly schedule was Monday off, practice on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and Friday night they had a team dinner and watched film. It's an awesome way to grow up.

"They put a huge emphasis on the game (in Florida)."

Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith, quarterbacks coach Nick Petrino, defensive backs coaches Keith Heyward and Cort Dennison and linebackers coach Tony Grantham are all recruiting in the Sunshine State.

"It's an important state for us and always has been if you look at the roster," Dennison - the programs recruiting coordinator - said. "We just want to make sure were looking at everyone we need to be down there."

Dennison and several other coaches also noted Lamar Jackson's success at Louisville following Teddy Bridgewater's is likely another factor for some "buzz" about the Cardinals' program in Florida - especially South Florida.

In the '17 class, Louisville has commitments from Tallahassee safety Lyn Strange, Hollywood safety Anthony Johnson and Miramar cornerback Kaheem Roach.

All four early commitments in the Class of 2018 are from Florida: athlete Marcus Riley from Tallahassee, Homestead safety Jamal Anderson, Fort Lauderdale safety Trenell Troutman and Miami defensive end DaVontae McCrae.








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