Spring recruiting period underway

The Louisville coaches hit the recruiting trail on Monday morning in search of the school's best class in school history.

The spring recruiting evaluation period began Monday morning as hundreds of college coaches hit the road visiting high schools throughout the country.

The Louisville coaches, who flew out to their various destinations on Sunday evening, have started visiting the high schools of the prospects that they high on their want list.

"You don't actually get to meet with [prospects], but the coaches will be out on the road and will be doing a lot of evaluating," head coach Bobby Petrino explained.

Despite not being able to personally visit individual prospects per NCAA regulations, the coaches will spend time with the high school coaching staff, watch new film, extend formal scholarship offers and more.

With three recruiting classes now under their belts, this Cardinal coach staff has proved their impressive ability to locate players, especially in-state, that will best fit their needs and after finding great in-state recruiting success the past two seasons, the Cardinal coaches are once again heavily recruiting the top players in the Bluegrass State.

While the quantity of the past few years may not be there this year, there are a number of high quality prospects that U of L is focusing it's attention on. For the past three seasons Bobby Petrino and his staff have signed the top players in Jefferson County, as well as throughout in the state and early indications are that this year will be no different.

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U of L, which has built a strong relationship with area players like Corey Peters of Central and Aundre Henderson of DuPont Manual, continues to make in-roads throughout the state. Prospects such as Luke Stocker of Madison Southern, Justin Burke of Lexington Catholic, Leonard Gordon of Fort Campbell and Josh Minton of Pulaski Southwestern, have all expressed high interest in the Cardinals.

In addition to the state of Kentucky, the Cardinal coaching staff will visit Alabama, Florida, Georgia, New Jersey and various points in-between.

The University of Louisville football program has become one that recruits nationally and have recently increased their efforts in areas such as Iowa, Arkansas, Michigan and elsewhere.

The early response has been positive. Out of state prospects such as Cincinnati Princeton's Aaron Brown and A.J. Edds of Greenwood High School in Indiana have made multiple unofficial visits to U of L and numerous other top prospects list Louisville high on their early list of favorites.

"I'm happy with the way our recruiting looks," said Petrino. "We have a lot of guys interested, so now we have to get them here on campus for an official visit and let them check out what we have going on here."

The recruiting battles are now officially underway and once again Louisville appears to be in better position than it was just a year prior.

The six Cardinals selected in the NFL Draft over the weekend - not to mention those that Petrino tutored at Auburn - have sent yet another signal that Bobby Petrino develops NFL talent. Couple that with the likelihood that the Cardinals will be the favorite to claim the Big East Conference's BCS bowl invitation and the program finds itself in excellent position during the spring recruiting period.

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