It's been nearly two weeks since Petrino departed Louisville, and new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe has been working feverishly to reassure those prospects who had already committed to the Cardinals, including Simms, a U.S. Army All-American selection.
Kragthorpe, along with assistant Jeff Brohm, traveled to New Jersey yesterday for an in-home visit with the 6-3, 200-pound quarterback in an effort to re-affirm Simms' commitment to Louisville. Kragthorpe effort appears to have been successful.
"It went very well. I was very impressed with Coach Kragthorpe," Simms told InsideTheVille.com Thursday evening. "We had a good conversation and it really helped Louisville in my mind. Coach Kragthorpe was very upfront and honest about everything and it did change my mind about the situation at Louisville."
There had been considerable speculation in media circles that the Cardinals were pursuing Arkansas transfer quarterback Mitch Mustain, the former #1 high school quarterback. However, Kragthorpe made clear Thursday that Simms is his #1 priority at quarterback.
"Due to widespread media speculation, the University of Louisville is not interested in recruiting Mitch Mustain," Kragthorpe said in a statement issued through the U of L Sports Information Department late Thursday afternoon.
aren't interested in Mitch Mustain.
Suring his meeting with Simms Wednesday night, the Louisville coach explained his program and laid out his plans for Simms.
"Coach Kragthorpe talked about his philosophy – faith, family and football," Simms said. "And he also showed me how he can help me become a better quarterback."
"That's a plus," Simms said. "He's a great quarterback coach and it's just a plus that he's there because I'm comfortable with him."
Still, Simms says he's not quite sure what he'll eventually decide about his future. Since re-opening his recruitment, Simms has made an official visit to Michigan State. "I had a good time and the visit went well," Simms said. "I really liked the coaching staff."
Simms also said he'll also take a visit to NC State, probably this coming weekend, and to Louisville before finalizing his decision.
"If I had to decide today, I'd ask for a couple more days," Simms said. "I haven't set anything up yet, but we discussed that last night and I think I will visit Louisville before making my decision."