With the 2007 recruiting class now official, the University of Louisville coaching staff, which has spent little time at home the past month, is taking a few well deserved days off. However, knowing this staff, I’m sure that they’ll each find a few minutes to escape vacation to sneak a few minutes reviewing film, studying the depth chart and/or watching tape of the top high school junior prospects.
The last month of the recruiting period is always so full of news, both recruiting related and not, that it’s common that a few items can be easily missed. With that in mind, here are a few items of note which should help answer some of the recent emails that we have received.
First and foremost, spring practice.
The moment that U of L’s national signing day event wrapped up on Wednesday evening, the first question that Cardinal fans had was, ‘when does spring practice begin?’. While times have yet to set in stone, U of L head coach Steve Kragthorpe will open spring practice on Friday, March 30. The annual spring game will be held at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium on Friday, April 20.
As has been the case since our inception in December 2002, InsideTheVille.com will provide the most in-depth coverage of the Cardinals spring practice. (Spring ‘06)
When the Cardinals take to the practice fields next month, they are expected to do so with the entire returning roster intact. Despite the coaching change, not one Cardinal has, or is expected to, transfer from the program.
While no returning players have departed, two that had left the program have returned.
Wide receiver Troy Pascley and defensive back Steve McKinney have returned to the roster after choosing to leave. Pascley was set to enroll at a Big Ten school, but asked to return following the hiring of Kragthorpe. McKinney, who had multiple I-AA scholarship opportunities following his senior year at Male, chose to attend U of L on an academic scholarship for the chance to play for the Cardinals. Like Pascley, McKinney also asked to return following the hiring of Kragthorpe.
The program’s two newest trophies have a temporary home in the U of L football recruiting lounge. While other trophies, such as previous conference titles, bowl appearances and the Governors Cup, all have a spot in or near the trophy cases, the two newest pieces of hardware have yet to find their permanent home.
Big East Conference &
Orange Bowl trophies
While media is barred from attending fan signing day events by the NCAA, we understand that Kragthorpe began the evenings video presentation of the ’07 recruiting class with highlights of Brian Brohm. We agree, while the newest group of Cardinals is full of stars, Brian Brohm is clearly the biggest get of Kragthorpe’s career at U of L.
Of course, the class of 2007 will continue to grow as invited walk-on’s begin making their decisions on where to attend school.
Among those considering the opportunity to play for Louisville are Louisville Male High School’s Sam Webb and Josh Williams, and Georgia prospect Hunter Cassity.
Webb, a 6’5, 300-pound offensive lineman, had an offer to play for Georgetown College, but told InsideTheVille.com that he’s ‘almost certain’ that he’s going to play for the Cardinals. Williams, 5’11, 180-pound athlete, is one of the fastest seniors in the state and led the Bulldogs with 40 catches for 1,058 yards in 2006.
Cassity, a 6’1, 185-pound safety, is the son of U of L co-defensive coordinator Mike Cassity. All-County selection, Cassity is currently considering Louisville and Samford.
With the coaches recruiting focus now squarely on the class of 2008, one note that the U of L staff is already sure to have seen is that one of it’s top targets has received early top rating status.
Dexter Heyman, 6’4, 220-pounds, who earned 2nd Team All-Combine honors at the recent U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio, has listed among Scout.com Top 100 juniors. Heyman is Kentucky’s only representative on the initial 2008 Scout.com National Top 100, which equates to either a five or high four-star rating and is updated throughout the year.
Heyman, who projects as either a defensive end or outside linebacker on the college level, continually lists Louisville and Michigan as his leaders, with others such as Clemson, Kentucky, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee also drawing his interest.
Heyman is currently wearing a boot after suffering a broken bone in his foot while participating on the high school basketball team. Heyman told InsideTheVille.com on Wednesday that the break wasn’t serious and that the boot will be removed and he’ll begin working out in two weeks.