Trinity Kicker Likes Louisville

More surprising news for the future of University of Louisville football on the recruiting front.

Steve Kragthorpe has received a verbal commitment from Nick Robertson, a 6-foot-5 kicker from Trinity High School, and will join the Cards in the 2010 season. The commitment is significant:

  • A premium player who has turned down the likes of Ohio State and Oklahoma to play before hometown fans.
  • Also turned down Kentucky, another encouraging break in UK’s recruiting success in Louisville.
  • His junior year stats are impressive, including 78 kickoffs with an average of 58 yards per kick and 46 touchbacks and 20 punts averaging 37 yards per kick.

He told the Courier-Journal’s Jody Demling:

“It worked out great for me. I was born and raised here in Louisville, and when I was real young I wished I could play for Trinity. Once I did that, U of L was the same way – both my parents graduated from there and my brother is a senior at U of L. Everything just fell into place.

“The coaches were saying that I could have a starting position once I come there and the thought of maybe being able to start four years and compete for the punting (position) was a thrill for me.”

Still another good recruit who likes what he’s hearing from the Kragthorpe staff.

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Play golf with two U of L basketball greats Wiley Brown and Scooter McCray to raise funds for IU Southeast athletics.

Two events: Monday, Aug. 31st at the Jefferson Elks Lodge and/or Monday, Sept. 14th at the Glen Oaks Country Club. A $125 entry fee includes includes golf, lunch,range balls, door prizes and a hole-in-one prize of a new car from Sam Swope. Registration is at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch, with golf starting at 1 p.m.

Call Wiley at (812) 941-2515 or e-mail him at brown434@ius.edu.

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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.

5 thoughts on “Trinity Kicker Likes Louisville

  • August 18, 2009 at 6:05 am
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    Former U of L QB doing great in NFL preseason!!!

    And no, it is NOT Brohm!!

    How soon we forget Hunter Cantwell. He’s now with the Carolina Panthers and looked amazing in last night’s preseason game against the NY Giants. Coming in late in the game, Hunter directed an 88 yard scoring drive that including him passing for 67 yards, a passing TD and a 21
    yard run. The Panthers then went for the 2-point conversion where Hunter threaded the needle and converted the pass. He was excellent running the two-minute drill. He was undrafted but could still make the team based on his performance. All the best to Hunter!!
    By the way, Brohm’s preseason performance was dismal — 3 for 10 with 18 passing yards and 2 interceptions. Let’s hope he can get on track the rest of the preseason and move to the #2 spot in Green Bay. All the best to Brian!

    • August 18, 2009 at 9:45 am
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      I saw Cantwell did well tying the game, but I cringed at the all too familiar fact that he blew the game with a bad decision. The final play of the game, he fumbled the ball and it was returned by the Giants to win the game. The turnovers are still his bane and seem to come at the most crucial times.

  • August 18, 2009 at 9:47 am
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    By the way, I am liking what I’m seeing with Kragthorpe’s recruiting. Signing Robertson should do wonders for the special teams… we desperately need him in the kicking game and I’m looking forward to seeing him in Cardinal red. Go CARDS!

  • August 18, 2009 at 1:12 pm
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    Coverage fumble on that final play, can’t really blame Hunter. Rookies do that kind of stuff. The coaches will remember the tying drive. Hang in there, Hunter. Don’t know a NFL QB that hasn’t fumbled before.

  • August 18, 2009 at 2:38 pm
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    Think we can work a deal with the NCAA to let him kick for us this year? Heck, let’s try for last year too!

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