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Steve Kragthorpe has been red hot since taking over the Louisville program three weeks ago. Kragthorpe hasn't spent much time in his new hometown, either, crisscrossing the country in search of top prospects.

Those efforts on the recruiting trail, however, are paying big dividends for the Cardinals as national signing day (Feb. 7) rapidly approaches. Since taking the Louisville job after a successful four year run at Tulsa, Kragthorpe has already landed eight verbal commitments, while re-securing most of Louisville's previous commitments.

Last week, Kragthorpe made national recruiting waves, landing four-star junior college prospects Willie Williams, the former #1 linebacker in the nation, and Woodny Turenne, one of the top cornerbacks in the country. To start this week, Kragthorpe landed four-star running back Victor Anderson and convinced four-star linebacker Jordan Campbell, a USC commitment, to make an official visit to Louisville.

In addition to Williams and Turenne, Kragthorpe and staff pulled off a major coup Friday when they convinced C.J. Peake, the nation's #23 free safety to switch his verbal commitment from Wisconsin to Louisville. Then convinced U.S. Army All-America quarterback Matt Simms to stick with his commitment to Louisville.

"Louisville has a great product to sell and they will do just fine," Scout.com analyst Jamie Newberg said. "That's evident with who has committed so far since (Coach) Kragthorpe has taken over. I mean they have done well, especially given the circumstances with good ones like Peake, Williams, and Turenne. Obviously, their ranking will climb and they should finish in the first third of the conference with West Virginia and Rutgers."

In total, Louisville heads into the home stretch before signing day already with 13 commitments – six four-star prospects and six three-star prospects. Louisville's average star-rating for commitments – 3.07 – ranks third-best in the Big East and among the Top-30 nationally. To be sure, Louisville, with the personable Kragthorpe at the helm, should make a dramatic rise in the national recruiting rankings in the next week or so.


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And while the bulk of Louisville's 2007 recruiting class is in place, there are still plenty of exciting storylines that we'll be following here at InsideTheVille.com right up to signing day.

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The top storylines we'll be following at InsideTheVille.com include:

Can Louisville beat out Ole Miss and USC for 6-7, 350-pound Kevin Bryant, a four-star offensive tackle from Florida?

Will three-star Alabama wide receiver Lydarius Friend commit to Louisville this weekend?

Can Steve Kragthorpe and staff convince four-star USC linebacker commit Jordan Campbell to play for the Cardinals?

What will top Florida linebackers Josh Bynes and Patrick Grant, both of whom enjoyed excellent official visits to Louisville, decide?

We'll be following these stories and many others leading into signing day here at InsideTheVille.com, the #1 source for Louisville football recruiting information.


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