QB's decision depends on Strong's OC choice

'Soft' Louisville commit Luke Woodley re-opened his recruitment last week and an SEC program quickly jumped in the mix. However, the nation's No. 89 ranked quarterback remains interested in the Cardinals and is eager to find out who will be Charlie Strong's offensive coordinator.

Despite re-opening his recruitment last week, soft Louisville commit Luke Woodley still hopes to enroll at UofL in January.

Woodley was excited Tuesday about the imminent hiring of Florida's Charlie Strong and wants to find out who the Cardinals new coach will hire as his offensive coordinator before he makes a decision about his future.

"I think it's great," Woodley said of Strong. "I'm looking forward to meeting him. I've just got to wait and see who he's going to bring in as offensive coordinator. I think it's a great hire and he's an excellent coach. It just kind of depends on the offensive coordinator."

While there's no official word on who will be Strong's offensive coordinator, Louisville's new coach talked Wednesday about building an exciting and aggressive balanced offense at UofL that is capable of spreading the ball around through the air and moving it on the ground.


"That would be fine with me," said Woodley. "I think that would be a pretty good fit. That's kind of what we run down here."

As a senior, Woodley led Dallas (TX) Highland Park to the Texas Class 4A Regional Semifinals and an 11-2 record. He threw for 4,160 yards and 40 touchdowns with only seven interceptions. He committed to Louisville last summer and will graduate from high school later this month.

"Right now I'm hoping to go to Louisville," Woodley said. "I've got everything set there. I like the school. I like the program. I think they've got everything to be successful. The best case scenario is I'm going there. That's what I'm hoping to do. And what I've been planning on doing."

Before Steve Kragthorpe was fired, Woodley had planned to enroll at Louisville next month and suit up for the Cardinals in spring practice.

"I've got everything ready to enroll at the school," Woodley said. "I've just got to see who they bring in [as OC]. It has to be a good match. But I fully expect them to hire a good coach that I get along with."

Woodley said he spoke with Louisville AD Tom Jurich last week about the coaching situation.

"I gave him a call last Monday to just kind of see where he was at with the hiring process," Woodley said. "We talked about my status at Louisville. He said he would like me to still come up there. He said he was going to hire a good coach that would make Louisville a successful team. He told me they're really close to being a championship team. It was reassuring to hear."

Woodley plans to make an official visit to Louisville once the new staff gets settled. "I've got to meet them before [I finalize]," Woodley said.

Woodley said he doesn't have any other visits set up right now, but could take one to Mississippi State. "Possibly to Mississippi State would be the only other one," said Woodley. "I probably would set up another visit to go where ever Coach Kragthorpe is going but he can't give me any information on where he stands right now. But definitely Louisville takes priority over everything else."

Mississippi State hasn't extended an offer but visited Woodley's school recently to check him out.

"They just contacted me after Kragthorpe got fired and flew in to meet with my head coach to get some film," Woodley said. "They're supposed to give me a call after they look at the film and let me know their thoughts."


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