Cardinal Football

Losing Local Talent Would Be Another Hit For Petrino 2.0 Era

Chris Humphrey

The state of Kentucky isn’t exactly known as a hotbed for college football recruiting. With that said, the Bluegrass state’s 2019 class is deeper and more talented than any in the last decade.

Per’s composite rankings, eight Kentucky high schoolers are four-star prospects, the most in the site’s 20 years of records.

Bobby Petrino and his staff have extended scholarship offers to the each of top ten recruits in the state of Kentucky. As of October 9th, not one has committed to Louisville.

“We kind of saw this three years ago, that this freshman class three years ago, they were really good, and there’s a good class behind them,” Bobby Petrino said over the summer. “I think it goes in cycles like that, but I think here in the next years we’re going to have really good players in the state.”

To make matters worse for Petrino, six of the top ten are from Louisville. According to the lead recruiting expert at 247Sports, Louisville isn’t expected to land one of the remaining uncommitted prospects from Louisville.

Crumes was previously committed to Louisville, but flipped to Kentucky over the summer.

Losing local talent to programs like Stanford is somewhat understandable, but losing kids in your own backyard to Kentucky won’t sit well with the fan base.

For what it’s worth, the Louisville staff does have commitments from three in-state kids.

Petrino has proven throughout his career that he’s capable of putting together good teams despite not consistently bringing in highly ranked recruiting classes. That said, this has been harder to do when you’re competing in the ACC.

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