Recruiting Notebook

Comments regarding Kragthorpe's recruiting efforts from Scout.com's Jamie Newberg, plus news & notes

With just two weeks until college football's national signing day, this year's recruiting season has hit it's stretch run and despite being on the job for only two weeks, new Louisville head coach Steve Kragthorpe and his staff have done a remarkable performance thus far.

Hours following his introduction as the school's 20th head coach, Kragthorpe was sitting in the living room's of numerous Cardinal prospects, explaining that the top ten program won't miss a beat and expects to compete for the BCS national championship this fall.

In a very short period of time, Kragthorpe has visited the majority of the program's top prospects and has already secured two publicly announced verbal commitments. He's also attracted new interest from a handful of top junior college prospects from the west coast.

A common theme heard when talking with U of L targets following an in-home visit with Kragthorpe has been that the Montana native is someone easy to build a relationship with. One source close to the program has said that there has been little, if any, change since the coaching changes. In fact, Kragthorpe's 'down-to-earth' personality may have actually improved the program's odds with top prospects as of late.

Scout.com National Football Recruiting Editor Jamie Newberg agrees.

"First, as you know, recruiting is about building relationships and it's tough to close in recruiting with such a short window before National Signing Day.. just not much time to build those relationships," said Newberg. "It's tough everywhere, whether you are at Louisville, North Carolina or Alabama. Having said that you need to keep the committed prospects committed and fill in the rest and Kragthorpe and his staff have done a very nice job thus far. They need to just keep grinding as there will be ups and downs between now and Signing Day. But they have a great product to sell and will do just fine."

Kragthorpe notched his first verbal commitment at Louisville last week when lineman Greg Tomcyzk pledged during an in-home visit.


Greg Tomczyk committed to
Louisville last week
"Tomcyzk is a very versatile prospect," said Scout.com East Recruiting analyst Bob Lichtenfels. "It's not often do you get a kid who is a D-I prospect on both sides of the ball. One defense he is explosive off the edge, but with his frame he will likely fill out and grow into a defensive tackle, or an offensive lineman. Tomcyzk is a high energy kid who always leaves everything on the field. He is athletic and strong as an ox. He was under recruited out of high school and has made his time at the post-graduate level really pay off."

Tomcyzk will receive a visit from assistant coach Jeff Brohm later this week. While in New Jersey, Brohm is also expected to visit U.S. Army All-American quarterback Matt Simms.

Simms, a Scout.com three-star prospect, has recently visited Michigan State and N.C. State. It's expected that Simms will schedule his official visit to Louisville - for this weekend - during his visit with Brohm.

One of the biggest prospects - literally - to visit Louisville this recruiting period will be when 6'7, 375-pound Kevin Bryant visit's the first weekend in February. The Scout.com four-star offensive lineman is a teammate of U of L linebacker targets Josh Bynes and Patrick Grant.

Signing Day Celebration

The University of Louisville will host it's popular national signing day event once again this year. The February 7 event, which will include comments on signee's from head coach Steve Kragthorpe, will again be held in the Brown & Williamson Club at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for further details.

What We're Hearing…

While he have yet to speak with Louisville St.X running back Victor Anderson about his official visit with Louisville over the weekend, we understand that the Scout.com four-star prospect enjoyed his time meeting Coach Kragthorpe. Anderson attended Monday night's Louisville - Connecticut game at Freedom Hall and spent a few minutes visiting with members of the U of L coaching staff. We hear his visit has made his upcoming college decision a little more difficult. Anderson is currently a soft West Virginia commit and is also considering Kentucky.

As first reported on InsideTheVille.com, former Miami linebacker Willie Williams was among the small group of official visitors over the weekend. Rumors surfaced quickly that Williams, a former Scout.com five-star prospect, committed to the Cardinal program during his stay. While the 6'3, 235-pound Williams has yet to comment publicly, we have heard, from multiple sources that the former high school All-American will indeed suit up for the Cardinals in 2007.

 


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