Recruits Making Their Endorsements

The observer is sensing some guarded but undeniable currents of excitement as more is learned about the current class of recruits making commitments to the University of Louisville football class on signing day.

The entire class will be unveiled by Coach Steve Kragthorpe during the annual football signing party today at the Brown & Williamson Club at 6 p.m. From all indications, the addition of two new assistant coaches Brent Guy and Larry Slade has provided some much needed momentum.

Among the signees are linebacker Mike Privott and running back Boogie McCray who were teammates at Lake Taylor High School in Newport, Va.

Visions of Elvis Dumervil come to mind in this description of Privott from ESPN Insider:

Under 6-feet but is well-built and actually possesses longer arms for his shorter, stocky frame to assist in shedding and keeping blockers off his body. Fills quickly with a good short-area burst when he possesses a clear run lane to the ball. Is active between the tackles and shows good lateral quickness redirecting and slipping under blocks. Possesses a good nose for the football and plays with a high-motor on his pursuit.

This description of McCray’s heroics from the Virginia Pilot during a game against a Virginia power should also excite:

Lake Taylor got its boogie on Friday night in the form of running back Boogie McCray.  He danced around would-be tacklers to rush for 114 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Titans in a 48-7 non-district victory against perennial Northern Virginia power C.D. Hylton .  Lake Taylor, the second-ranked team in South Hampton Roads, has won 19 consecutive regular-season games.

McCray rushed for 1,535 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, while making 11 sacks from his outside linebacker position on defense.

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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.

9 thoughts on “Recruits Making Their Endorsements

  • February 4, 2009 at 12:51 pm
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    Elvis came mind for me too, as I read the early description of Mike, and by bringing a team mate with him, Mike is already working for the Cards.

    Welcome to the Cardinal Family Mike & Boogy!

  • February 4, 2009 at 12:52 pm
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    Sorry for the typo thats

    Mike and Boogie!

  • February 4, 2009 at 1:39 pm
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    Was told last night that free food would be provided and you could get in at 5:15 today for the party at B&W Club. Contrary to what some UK fans are claiming, diners at the B&W will not be eating humble pie, crow or their own words. Have fun if you go!

  • February 4, 2009 at 1:44 pm
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    Jucos not all bad, remember our own Super Bowl MVP- Mr. Branch was a transfer:]

    Looking forward to seeing the new QB tranfer
    this Spring!

  • February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm
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    I sure hope some of these guys can play right away. Seems to be some real talent in the incoming class.

  • February 4, 2009 at 2:59 pm
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    The badmouthing seems to be quieting down as the recruits come rolling in.

  • February 4, 2009 at 3:00 pm
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    The big name is Froman, and he’s going to be one hell of a quarterback.

  • February 4, 2009 at 3:13 pm
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    Yeah! The Cards lured Boogie away from Old Dominion and Marshall. Nice coup, Steve.

    You just never know about these recruits, though. Boogie could be the next Walter Payton for all I know. What I DO know is that it is hard to get excited about a recruiting class ranked in the 70’s by most services. Doesn’t bode well for the future.

    The optimism reminds me (as a lifelong KC Royals fan) of spring training in baseball. Everyone gets all excited and hopeful – then the season starts. We’ll just have to wait to see what happens in the fall because Krags has had three years to get “his players”.

    Something also tells me the announcement about Jeff Brohm’s status will come shortly after signing day. I don’t think UofL wanted to take another publicity hit during signing period.

  • February 4, 2009 at 3:56 pm
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    Marshall generally recruits good football players. You’re probably right about the Jeff Brohm situation.

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