Bowl in Florida a boost to U of L recruiting

Charlie Strong

The University of Louisville football team is in the Sunshine State – the state Charlie Strong and his staff has heavily-recruited during his tenure – for a bowl game. Cardinal Authority takes a look at what the Russell Athletic Bowl appearance against Miami, Fla., could do for the Cardinals' future recruiting endeavors.

Charlie Strong has built the University of Louisville football program with a majority of his players coming from the state of Florida.

The Cardinals have 39 players on the roster from the Sunshine State.

Now, U of L is making an appearance in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Saturday at the Orlando, Fla., Citrus Bowl. The Cardinals will play Miami, Fla., and win or lose the showing should be a nice little jolt for an already potent recruiting pitch.

"We're always going to recruit the state of Florida," Strong said. "This just gives the guys we're recruiting and the future recruits a chance to see us play. It's against a good, quality opponent on a big stage. It's good for the program."

The Cardinals already have 24 verbal commitments in the Class of 2014, including eight prospects from Florida. Several of those players will enroll at U of L in two weeks, while the rest will sign in February.

Scout.com has the class ranked No. 21 nationally, while the bowl game could give the Cardinals some momentum heading into the final month.

U of L is still after a dozen or so prospects in the class.

"Any time you can play in Florida it's a good thing because that's a state that we go to a lot to recruit," recruiting coordinator Brian Jean-Mary said. "If we can play there, then that's a big advantage for us.

"But we have to go and put on a good performance. Everybody is watching and that's fine, but winning and putting on a good performance is even more important as far as in the recruiting aspect of things."

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