Kragthorpe's recruits report

Steve Kragthorpe signed a small, but talented recruiting class last February. Wednesday, Louisville's newcomers began reporting to campus for the start of preseason camp. Have all the freshmen arrived? Are they all eligible? How about the JUCO's? has the latest.

Here's some good news as Louisville prepares to begin preseason camp Thursday afternoon: All 12 high school prospects the Cardinals signed last February have qualified academically to play this season and are ready to take the field tomorrow.

In addition to those 12 newcomers, Steve Kragthorpe also signed three highly-talented junior college transfers – LB Willie Williams, CB Woodny Turenne and CB Chaz Thompson.

Kragthorpe said Wednesday that his program is still waiting for the NCAA Clearinghouse to approve transcripts for a couple of his JUCO signees – one presumably being for Turenne. Williams has been on the U of L campus all summer working out with team and appears ready to go for tomorrow's first practice.

"We've got a couple transcripts that we're waiting on, but everybody should be ready to go," Kragthorpe said. "All of our freshmen have qualified so there won't be anybody that has to sit out or go to prep school. With a couple of the junior college transfers, we're just waiting on the final paperwork. But they'll be ready to go."

Williams, a transfer from Los Angeles C.C., figures to compete with Preston Smith for the starting job at weak-side linebacker during preseason camp.

Willie Williams made a positive
impression this summer.

"I think Willie had a good summer," Kragthorpe said. "He looks great. We don't get a chance to watch these guys workout, but all indications I'm hearing is that he's had a productive summer. I think he's excited to get on the field. Like all the other guys that are new to our program, we'll see how quickly he can absorb what we're doing and then we'll try to put him in a position where he can compete for playing time."

Williams has also apparently impressed his teammates with his work ethic and athletic ability since arriving from the junior college ranks last spring.

"Willie Williams really impressed me in the weight room," starting center Eric Wood said.

As for the freshmen, Kragthorpe said his staff won't begin making determinations about which players could see action this season or redshirt for at least another two weeks.

"We'll wait about two weeks before we really make any concrete decisions," Kragthorpe said. "Again, we're trying to let these guys get acclimated to the way we do things and get a feel for the pace of college football.

"It's a much faster game than what they are used to. We certainly want to give them a chance to show what they can do and we don't want to make any decisions too early because there will be a learning curve that these guys have to go through. We want them to feel comfortable, get a chance to compete and then make a fair evaluation."

While the freshmen will be given a chance to get their feet wet and adjust to the college game for the first couple weeks of practice, that's not necessarily the case for the three junior college transfers.

"One of the things you expect when you recruit junior college players is for them to come in and have a little bit more of an expectation level to play quickly because they have played two years of college football," Kragthorpe said. "Those guys will be counted on to come in and hopefully have an immediate impact."

A few freshmen to keep a close eye on during the first few days of practice: RB Victor Anderson; WR Doug Beaumont; FS C.J. Peake; and ATH Patrick Grant.

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