Charlie Strong Focused, Driven

Then there’s this about University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong from J. C. Schubburt, a recriting analyst from ESPN:

It’s easy to say Strong will be able to recruit well at Louisville, but there is tangible evidence in both the 2010 and 2011 classes.

Since Strong took over, the Cardinals have received 11 commitments for 2010, including pledges from Under Armour All-American offensive lineman Torrian Wilson (Miami/Northwestern), four-star defensive end B.J. Butler (Kissimmee, Fla./Osceola) and four-star receiver Michaelee Harris (Miami/Northwestern).

It could end up being one of the best classes in the Big East this recruiting cycle.

Strong’s popularity among Florida recruits and his ability to form relationships with those recruits (something that is paramount for any head coach hoping to succeed in recruiting) has been big.

“The main reason why I picked Louisville is because of Coach Strong himself,” Harris said. “I just like the mentality that he has as a head coach. When you talk to him, you can tell that he is very focused and driven. He’s used to winning and is even speaking about next year and us winning a BCS championship. We may not do it next year, but that’s his mentality.”

Wilson picked the Cardinals shortly after returning from an official visit to Memphis this past weekend.

“I had a great relationship with Coach Strong when he was at Florida,” Wilson said.

Read the rest of his report here.

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Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Charlie Strong Focused, Driven

  • January 21, 2010 at 9:36 am

    I heard something interesting from a guy who has been 100% accurate in the past. Florida is actually helping Strong and UofL in recruiting!

    Every school gets to the point where they have to make final cuts in deciding who to offer. Florida is letting Strong know the in state players who don’t make the final cut so he can go after them to keep them away from Florida State, Miami, USF, UCF etc. They want these kids out of state where they can’t come back to haunt them. All to our benefit.

    Of course if Strong signs too many kids Florida does want this could change.

  • January 21, 2010 at 10:08 am

    That is very interesting, cbcard. That would never have been conceivable in the past.

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