Scott Kennedy comments on U of L recruiting

Recruiting analyst Scott Kennedy of, took a few minutes to comment on the impressive recruiting performance by Head Coach Bob Petrino and the new staff at Louisville.

The 2003 class of Louisville Cardinal commitments is arguably the best group of incoming players in U of L history. It was ranked amoung the Top 50 classes by and highlighted by Kentucky's Mr. Football and Parade All-American Michael Bush.

Making this class even more impressive is the fact that new Louisville Head Coach Bobby Petrino didn't begin until December 23, 2002, giving him just 43 days to assemble a new staff, contact prospects and set up official visits.

"Coach Bobby Petrino and his newly formed Louisville staff worked with just a small amount of time, but they still pulled off one of the biggest recruiting coups of the season in Male athlete extraordinaire Michael Bush", said Kennedy.

"Bush is capable of playing any one of several positions on the next level, but he is going to be a quarterback at Louisville. Petrino's experience with developing quarterbacks had to weigh heavily on Bush's mind as he was making a decision."

In addition to the signing of one of the nation's most sought after players in Louisville Male's Michael Bush, the new Cardinal staff also signed an impressive group of offensive skill players.

"Louisville was also able to sign several new weapons for Bush's arsenal," continued Kennedy. "Georgia wide receiver Harry Douglass is one of the fastest prospects in the south. Coach Petrino and staff also brought in two excellent receivers from California. Long and lean, B.J. Vickers and Antwuan Giddens should be able to make an immediate impact in what is going to be a high octant offense."

Louisville also had to address a serious need of developing depth and size along the offensive front.

"Protecting the quarterback was an obvious concern for this class, and Louisville was able to go out and get five offensive linemen in this class," said Kennedy. "Ryan Holifield headlines this group of big eaters. He is extremely mobile and has a great frame to add weight. Expect to see Holifield protecting the blindside of the quarterback in the near future."

Initally upon his hiring, Petrino constantly preached that he was going to recruit players with exceptional speed. Scanning through the list of commitments it is quite clear that he found the speed he was looking for, especially in the State of Florida.

"Louisville dipped down into Florida to add speed to the defense," said Kennedy of Louisville's success in the Sunshine State. Corner William Gay headlines this class on defense, and twins Eric and Thomas Miller will become household names to Louisville fans before all is said and done."

Scott Kennedy summarized Petrino's first Louisville class as an impressive one that should pay dividends in keeping the Louisville program moving forward.

"With so little time to work, what Louisville did this year was astonishing," said Kennedy. "Michael Bush would have headlined any class in the country, and he will be staying home and building the Cardinals program with Coach Bob Petrino."

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