Prior to his dismissal, Kragthorpe and staff put together a recruiting class that includes six three-star prospects and ranks 57th nationally, fourth-best in the Big East. But the new coach, according to UofL AD Tom Jurich, will have final say over who's in and who's out in this year's recruiting class.
"Its going to be up to the new coach," said Jurich of UofL's current commitments. "I certainly don't want to get in anyone's way about that or hamstring anybody. I want to make sure that they can go after the type of players that they want."
One of the top priorities for the new coach will probably be local stars Stephan Robinson and Timothy Patterson from Central High. Robinson, a three-star wide receiver, committed to the Cardinals this fall.
"I've just got to wait and see who the new coach is going to be," Robinson said. "I'm not surprised. I'm just going to wait and see what type of offense he runs and see if I still have that bond with the new coaches that come in."
"I talked to Coach [Larry] Slade yesterday," Robinson said. "He told me that they were all [fired]. I didn't know that all of them were going to be fired I just thought Coach K was going to be gone. But as long as they get a good coach..I want to be at Louisville. If things don't work out I've got to open my options back up."
Patterson, one of the state's best players, is leaning toward UofL, according to Robinson.
"We both don't know right now," Robinson said. "Coach [Ty] Scroggins told me not to pull my commitment right now, don't panic and just wait and see who they bring in. Tim's the same as me, we both want to go there but we've got to wait and see who the new coach is going to be."
Robinson said he's going to speak with Jurich this week about the coaching situation.
"The athletic director is going to come talk to me this week about my commitment," Robinson said. "I don't know what day but sometime this week."
Tyon Dixon, a linebacker from Cincinnati who committed to UofL last summer, attended the Cardinals game against Rutgers Friday afternoon. He said he spoke with assistant Jeff Lewis at the game and received no indication about Kragthorpe's dismissal.
Dixon, who chose Louisville over Ball State, said he plans to make an official visit to Louisville this winter. Will Dixon check out other options?
Harris Bivin, a three-star offensive lineman from Owensboro, committed to Louisville last May. He's rated the 11th best center prospect in the nation and sounds firm in his commitment to the Cardinals.
"His commit is to the University of Louisville no matter who the coach is," Randy Bivin, Harris' father, informed InsideTheVille.com recently. " As a matter of fact, in all this, Coach [Greg] Nord is the guy he loves. We have had numerous conversations and both think that Jurich will go out and get the best coach possible. I do believe in him and his abilities."
Lacy Coleman, a three-star defensive end from Sandy Creek, Georgia, remains committed to UofL but wants to meet the new coach before finalizing his college decision.
"I'm just weighing my options right now. It just depends on how the new coaching staff is and I can make my decision after that," said Coleman, the No. 76 defensive end prospect nationally. "I'm not going to make any moves until I meet the new coach."
Coleman has played tight end and defensive end this season and has recorded 10 sacks this season. If his team wins their playoff game this week they will advance to the state title game. Coleman spoke with former assistant Ken Delgado yesterday and said the new coach could be announced soon.
"I talked to Coach Delgado Saturday evening," Coleman said. "He was telling me he would let me know about everything that was going to go down with the new coach in the next couple weeks. He said [a new coach would be named] either the beginning of this week or next week."
Chase Peterson, a 6'4, 280-pound lineman from Bentonville, Ark., is the most recent player to commit to the Cardinals, picking UofL over Tulane, USM and North Texas in early November. Peterson said he has no plans to consider or visit other schools.
"We knew there was a 50-50 chance he'd be removed," Peterson said. "I still want to be at Louisville and I hope whoever is the new coach they honor my commitment and wants me to stay there."
Peterson, the No. 66 ranked OG prospect in the nation, has been following the coaching situation closely on the Internet.
"I've heard a new coach could be named within 10 days, a month and I've heard within the week," Peterson said. "Just different stories here and there. I've heard Phil Fulmer, Tommy Tuberville and Charlie Strong. Those are the three names that stuck out the most. And I've heard Houston coach [Kevin] Sumlin's name, too. Sounds like we're going to get a good one whoever it is."
Keith Sconiers, a three-star wide receiver from Oak Lawn, Illinois, made a visit to Louisville last Friday to watch the Cardinals 34-14 loss to Rutgers. Sconiers was heavily considering Louisville before the coaching change.
"I was kind of shocked. But I'm still considering them," Sconiers said. "They didn't really say much about the coaching situation at the game so I really don't know much. I saw it on TV yesterday that he got fired."
Sconiers is also considering Illinois and Michigan State.
The Sporting News reported Sunday morning that Frankfort standouts Quan Weaver, a three-star running back, and Dylan Curry, a two-star athlete/tight end, remain firm in their commitments to the Cardinals.