RedRage Blog: As the Recruiting World Turns

The new RedRage Blog is a weekly feature on InsidetheVille.com with co-founder Michael McCammon and his thoughts on events and happenings regarding University of Louisville athletics.

As the Recruiting World Turns...

Has University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino taken the Cardinals football program and increased its stature so much that it is now forced to turn away very talented prospects?

You be the judge...


With a little help from fate, Chris Turner of West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade formulated his college decision earlier in the week. Torn between Louisville and Maryland, the Scout.com two-star quarterback began to lean towards the Cardinals and attempted to commit to Coach Bobby Petrino, but destiny stepped in.

"What happened was Louisville got a commitment," explained Turner. "That pretty much sealed the deal for me. To be honest, if none of this happened with Louisville it would have been a tough decision."

With the default elimination of the Cardinals, Turner looked closer at Maryland seeing more of the positives of becoming a Terrapin. An official visit to College Park this past weekend cemented his decision.


Could a similar type of situation have occurred quite recently with Eric Sledge & Domonique Rocker?

Let's have some fun and speculate...


During his official visit to South Carolina WR/DB Eric Sledge, who had visited Louisville the weekend prior, was somewhat star struck when visiting with former Florida head coach Steve Spurrier that he committed on the spot.

However, soon after he returned to his Florida home, Sledge realized that he would rather play for one of the current great offensive minds and called Louisville to commit. Unfortunately, when he called, he discovered that U of L had just received a commitment from a different recruit and no longer had room on the team.

However, days later, Sledge may have seen an opening at U of L from a very unexcepted source. Concerns were starting to grow that safety commit Darius Mann might be considering Notre Dame more than previously believed.

In turn, Darius Mann realized the concern from the U of L coaches and quickly contacted Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis and informed him that he wouldn't be taking his January 28th official visit.


Simply Amazing!

It's amazing how quickly the football program has drawn in the heart of the Cardinal fans.

Over the past week there has been a lot of speculation regarding SuperPrep Magazine's sixth highest rated prospect in the country Brian Cushing. Disappointment was growing as more and more fans seemingly began to believe that Louisville was no longer even being considered by the 5-star linebacker.

That may be the case unless you believe that being the first school of many already lined up outside Cushing's home on Thursday morning to be allowed inside the home was represented by the school's defensive coordinator.

If you believe that experience expresses sincere interest in the particular school, then yes, Louisville is still very much in play with Brian Cushing.

Don't give up so quickly!

Cards vs. Irish

That's what I think it will come down to for offensive lineman Brian Roche, teammate of Darius Mann. Louisville or Notre Dame.

While I believe Roche is currently a Louisville lean, I do anticipate the Cardinals lead over Notre Dame narrowing ever so closer over the coming days. It should be very telling to see if the success of today will win out over the success of yesterday.

Best Yet!

With the return of Otis George to Rick Pitino's lineup, this Cardinal team is quickly looking like Louisville's best team in years.

His return was perfectly timed to coincide with Louisville's start of Conference USA play. The length of his absence provided ample time to further develop Tello Palacios, Lorenzo Wade, Brandon Jenkins and Perrin Johnson, all of whom could now provide an instant boost of energy while in the game.

Pitino's squad now has the size, speed, offensive and defensive intensity and depth to make a strong push towards the Final Four in St. Louis.

See you on the boards!


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