Grading the recruiting class (Offense)

Steve Kragthorpe's first recruiting class at the University of Louisville included several highly-ragarded standouts, like U.S. Army All-American quarterback Matt Simms. What kind of marks did Louisville's offensive recruits garner? InsideTheVille.com provides the grades.

QUARTERBACK (1)

With Brian Brohm departing next season, finding a top-notch replacement was a high priority for the Louisville coaching staff. In Matt Simms, a U.S. Army All-American, the Cardinals struck recruiting gold. Simms has all the tools to become Louisville's next great quarterback - the pedigree (Father Phil was a Super Bowl MVP), the confidence and the arm. As a senior, Simms led Don Bosco to a New Jersey state title and an unblemished 12-0 record, throwing for 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns. GRADE: A

RUNNING BACK (2)

Louisville needed to replace Michael Bush and Kolby Smith, two big, physical runners. In their place comes a pair of four-star prospects – local star Victor Anderson and Dale Martin, one of the top players in Illinois. Anderson provides explosiveness in the backfield whether he's running or catching the ball, while Martin is more of a power runner despite boasting 4.5 speed. Both players, who combined for nearly 3,000 yards and 43 touchdowns last season, can take it the distance and promise plenty of big plays in the future. Don't be surprised if the 5-9, 175-pound Anderson develops into a Louisville version of West Virginia star Steve Slaton. GRADE: A+


RB Victor Anderson

WIDE RECEIVER (2)

Steve Kragthorpe is blessed with a deep and talented receiving corp, but still added four-star prospect Doug Beaumont, Kentucky's Mr. Football. Male coach Bob Redman has likened the diminutive 5-9, 180-pound Beaumont to former Louisville star and Super Bowl MVP Deion Branch. Beaumont primarily carried the ball in high school, rushing for 1,169 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. Still, he caught 39 passes for 500 and Kragthorpe believes Beaumont will be an exciting slot receiver in his wide-open passing attack. The Cardinals also signed Josh Miller, a 6-2, 185-pound star from Palatka, Florida. Miller was an option quarterback in high school and drew comparisons to West Virginia's Pat White. He should develop into a physical and elusive target with great size and 4.4 speed. GRADE: B+

TIGHT END (1)

Kragthorpe likes to throw the ball to the tight end in his offense and 6-4, 220-pound Michael Fennerty from Olympia, Washington fits the mold. Slightly under-rated, Fennerty possesses good size and speed and excellent hands. Kragthorpe compared Fennerty to U of L senior tight end Gary Barnidge and said he's an athletic, pass catching tight end who also can be physical at the line of scrimmage. Fennerty probably needs to add a few more pounds, but could develop into Louisville's tight end of the future. GRADE: B-


OL Greg Tomczyk

OFFENIVE LINE (2)

The Cardinals signed a pair of three-star offensive line prospects in New Jersey's Greg Tomczyk and Ohio's Mark Wetterer. Tomczyk, 6-6, 290, runs a 4.8 forty and is a physical and athletic lineman who didn't allow a sack as a senior while being credited for 24 pancake blocks and opening holes for a backfield that ran for more than 1,800 yards. Wetterer, the #87-ranked offensive line prospect nationally, backed out of a commitment to Michigan State after John L. Smith left East Lansing. At 6-5, 300-pounds, Wetterer is a big and physical prospect who Kragthorpe believes will provide versatility because he can play either tackle or guard. GRADE: B

Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com on Friday as we grade out the defensive recruits in Louisville's 2007 recruiting class.


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