The website called College Football Matrix answered this question from @swagsman84 of Louisville: So can Kragthrope recruit as well as UK?
It’s unknown if swagsman was unaware of the Cards new head coach or if he was just feeling nostalgic, but the fine folks over at the Matrix decided to answer his question and make it relevantly up-to-date as well. They started by plotting the overall rank of each school’s recruiting class over the past ten years, as well as the average rank for each four-year period in that time frame. The most recent aggregation (2008-2011) ranked Louisville at #44 and UK at #45 overall. In regards to swagsman’s question, U of L took their biggest recruiting hits during the Kragthorpe years. However, a Charlie Strong 2011 class ranking of 30 bumped the Cards past the Cats in the most recent four year total. So no, swagsman, Kragthorpe can’t recruit as well as UK.
The College Football Matrix pointed out that while U of L has had a solid showing in the past two years, UK has made the more consistent improvement in the entire ten-year frame.
Here’s the same chart in numbers form for those of you who enjoy that kind of thing: