While he was introduced as U of L's new coach late Tuesday afternoon, Kragthorpe has already started to lay the ground work in his effort to convince Brohm, the Orange Bowl MVP, that returning to Louisville next season is his best option. Kragthorpe spoke with Brohm Monday night, met with him before his press conference Tuesday at PJCS and plan another meeting with the 6-4 junior Wednesday.
"I have talked to Brian. I spoke with him last night on the telephone and then Brian came out to the airport and I had a chance to visit with him a little bit a few minutes ago," Kragthorpe said during his introductory press conference at U of L. "I think we'll have a chance to sit down tomorrow."
Known as one of the nation's brightest up-and-coming coaches, Kragthorpe has a strong offensive reputation. Kragthorpe said he looks forward to having more in-depth conversations with Brohm to fully lay out his offensive system and plans for Brohm next season.
"I'm excited about the opportunity to visit with him and talk to him about the things that we're going to do offensively and programmatically," Kragthorpe said. "I'm really excited to sit down with Brian and talk about my approach and philosophy, the way I operate and hopefully some of the things that I can do to help him become an even better quarterback."
Kragthorpe has an impressive resume, especially for someone looking to play quarterback in the NFL. He has coached in the NFL, turoring All-Pro quarterback Drew Bledsoe with the Buffalo Bills. He's coached in the Big East at Boston College and was an offensive coordinator at Texas A&M, helping lead the Aggies to a Big XII title.
"The thing that I talked to him about is the fact that I have had a chance to coach some good quarterbacks," Kragthorpe said. "I think that's one of my strengths – working with quarterbacks and offensive players. I'm hopeful that he'll see this as a great opportunity for him to continue to be a great player here at the University of Louisville and work with us for one more year in the city that he's from."
The Cardinals have an important recruiting weekend on tap this weekend. But while several high school prospects will be making all-important official visits to U of L, Kragthorpe left no doubt who is his top recruit.
"Our number one recruit right now is Brian Brohm," said Kragthorpe. "Obviously I want Brian to be a part of this football program. He's a tremendous person and a Steve Kragthorpe kind of guy. He's a guy that I want to coach."
Keeping Brohm at U of L won't be an easy task. He's projected to be a first round NFL Draft pick, anywhere from the middle to late first round. Whatever choice Brohm makes won't be an easy one.
"I think both sides look appealing to him," said center Eric Wood, one of Brohm's closest friends on the team. "He has a tough decision to make."
If Kragthorpe can keep Brohm's older brother, Jeff, on the Louisville coaching staff, it could give him a fighting chance to keep Brohm at U of L. There's been speculation that Jeff Brohm could be named Kragthorpe's offensive coordinator. If he is, that could be enough incentive for Brohm to remain at Louisville next season.
"We'll do anything to (keep) Brohm," U of L Athletic Director Tom Jurich said.