Kragthorpe visiting top Cardinal prospects

New U of L head coach Steve Kragthorpe has been on the road recruiting since the start of the 'contact period' on Sunday evening. His travels have already taken him taken him to prospect homes in Florida, Kentucky and Ohio, with a stop in New Jersey scheduled for today.

Steve Kragthorpe, the 20th head coach in University of Louisville football history, has hit the recruiting trails hard since the start of the ‘contact period' on Sunday. In addition to assembling an impressive group of assistants, hosting a number of prospects on official visits and then be one of the first to welcome junior quarterback Brian Brohm back for his senior season during his first week on the job, Kragthorpe has spent much of his time this week on the road.

Kragthorpe was quickly brought up speed on the current U of L recruiting status and designed a schedule that would have him making in-home visits with top priority prospects in an array of states.

"It's going to be a rollercoaster ride for the next couple of weeks," said Kragthorpe on Monday morning. "We have a lot of work to do, but I'm excited to get on the road. I was on the road (Sunday) night and had the opportunity to meet a couple of young men that I think will fit well with what we want to do here at the University of Louisville. I'm excited to get on the road and get to work."

Those first two visits belonged to a pair of three-star Cardinal commitments in Zach Meagher and Mark Wetterer and both were impressed by the new head coach.

"I really liked him and I'm looking forward to playing for him," said Kiernan, a 6'6, 240-pound OL/DL prospect from Newport (Ky.) Central Catholic. "I'm going down there this week for my (official) visit."

OL Mark Wetterer
Wetterer, 6'5, 290-pound offensive lineman, also had favorable things to say following his more than an hour long visit with Kragthorpe.

"He seems like a really good guy," said the Cincinnati (Oh.) Anderson product. "I'm looking forward to coming down there and getting started."

In addition to his Sunday evening travels, Kragthorpe visited four-star linebacker Josh Bynes on Monday night. The Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., prospect has the Cardinals, along with Auburn, Iowa and South Carolina as his final list of schools.

"It went real good," said Bynes. "He seems like a good coach and I think he's going to do a good job at Louisville."

On Wednesday, Kragthorpe, along with assistant head coach Jeff Brohm, will visit a pair of New Jersey prospects in quarterback Matt Simms and lineman Greg Tomczyk.

Simms, a three-star prospect, committed to Louisville in August, but told a New Jersey newspaper that he was no longer committed following the departure of Bobby Petrino.

Tomczyk, a 6'5, 290-pound three-star lineman, made an official visit with Louisville last weekend and left convinced that Kragthorpe was a solid offensive coach.

DL/OL Greg Tomczyk
"He's a great guy – he's very impressive," said Tomczyk, who would likely get first shot on the defensive side of the ball at Louisville. "If anybody has any questions about his offense they shouldn't. Coach (Bill) Parcells of the Cowboys offered him to be his offensive coordinator last year so he knows how to run an offense. He's a phenomenal person and everything he stands for is great."

A number of others such as current verbal commits Doug Beaumont, Dale Martin and Brandon Walker are all also believed to have upcoming in-home visits with Kragthorpe.

Kragthorpe isn't the only member of the staff collecting frequent flyer miles.

New offensive line coach Brent Myers and co-defensive coordinator Mike Cassity joined Kragthorpe on his Sunday travels.

Tight end coach and recruiting coordinator Greg Nord hit the Bluegrass State, which included a stop in Elizabethtown to check in on two-sport star Steffphon Pettigrew.

While he'll join Kragthorpe in New Jersey on Wednesday, Jeff Brohm has also spent time in Florida and Indiana.

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