Thursday, February 4, 2010
Louisville recruiting analysis
By Brian Bennett
Analyzing the 2010 Big East signing classes ...
View class here.
Heavy on: Receivers (six).
Geographic trend: New coach Charlie Strong used his Florida connections to land seven prospects from the Sunshine State.
Headliners: DE B.J. Butler (four stars), LB Deon Rogers (four stars), WR Michaelee Harris (four stars)
Sleeper: Lacy Coleman, a rangy (6-foot-4, 220-pound) defensive end from Georgia.
Best potential for immediate impact: Lots of players will likely get a chance to see the field early because of the Cardinals' talent shortage. Keep an eye on athlete Marcus Smith, who could be a playmaker at a number of spots.
Needs met: More than anything, Louisville needed to rack up some high-level players and big bodies in the trenches. It looks like mission accomplished.
Analysis: Strong did as well as he could have been possibly expected to do with only two months to work on this class. Given Louisville's poor on-field performance the past three years, the fact that Strong was able to get players to decommit from bigger schools (like Butler from Georgia's fold) and sign on was very impressive.
What Strong said: "We want to get back on top of the Big East. With the players, the staff and the recruits that we have assembled here, we feel that we can make that run ... Our main needs were to get some linemen, and then we just went from there. ... With the time that we had as a coaching staff and with the guys that we were able to go get I would probably rank ou staff with a 'B.'"
Scouts Inc. grade: B-minus