The Cardinals hosted several recruits this past weekend and received two verbal commitments from Pearl River (MS) CC defensive back Josh Wiley and Jones County (MS) CC safety Justin Matthews. Those two bring Louisville's commitment total to 12, though Pittsburgh quarterback Tino Sunseri, who also visited over the weekend, is considering other options.
Kragthorpe hit the road Sunday night. Monday, Kragthorpe was expected to travel to Mississippi to check in on Jones County (MS) CC defensive end Jeremiah Price, a 6'3, 245-pound NJCAA All-American. Price, a teammate of Justin Matthews, made an official visit to Louisville over the weekend and will make his decision after visiting Oklahoma State this weekend.
The Cardinals are also expected to host several top prospects against this weekend, including four-star running back Cyrus Gray from DeSoto, TX and junior college prospects Tyson Hetzer and Jon Dempsey.
"We will have kids in next weekend and the days that are available for our staff to be on the road recruiting I will be out as the head coach – I will be out personally recruiting," he said. "That's the way I do it. I like recruiting and I think it's important guys understand that I'm out there working hard."
With immediate needs at linebacker, defensive end, safety and tight end, Kragthorpe hopes to find immediate help from the junior college ranks. With 12 players already verbally committed, Kragthorpe is expecting to sign a big recruiting class this year.
"We'll (sign) at least 25," he said.
"There are a lot of unknowns heading into the 2008 season," Kragthorpe said. "We need to bring in some immediate help from a depth standpoint. We've got to have some guys that can come in here and play immediately either through the junior college ranks or some guys who can step in as true freshman and play because we've got to have some guys come in here and play pretty quickly."