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Louisville’s Bobby Petrino Does Not Recruit Top 50 Players from Louisville

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Louisville football fans sold their soul to a man they consider a college football coaching mastermind, yet this genius isn’t wise enough to recruit the best kids in his own city.

Rondale Moore and Stephen Herron aren’t just the best kids in the city of Louisville, they’re a pair of Top 50 players and future high school All-Americans.  Moore is a 2018 slot receiver and Herron is a 2019 defensive end, but their finalists share one thing in common: Louisville was not there, but Kentucky was.  Why?

“Louisville is 10 minutes away and they never even showed up at school,” Herron told Jon Hale of The Courier-Journal. “They never did anything. I don’t know if it was just the fact they thought they were so close they didn’t have to work as hard, but whatever it is, UK came up a few times and I went down for the spring game.”

The best football program in the state, who is just six years removed from a national championship, is ten minutes away from Petrino’s office, and he won’t even stop by the school to show his face.

It gets better.

“For me, my position coach (at Louisville) and I just didn’t have that relationship,” Moore said before committing to Texas on Sunday. “I camped twice, and I just felt like I hadn’t got that respect that I believed I deserved. … I felt like they just recruited out-of-state guys more than the guys 10 minutes away from their home. That was just kind of disrespectful to me. Louisville was always kind of like a dream school of mine, you’d say, if I had one.”

When a four-star receiver who runs a legitimate 4.3 and squats more than 500-pounds calls your school his “dream school,” you turn that dream into a reality.  Charlie Strong made it happen for All-American and Kentucky Mr. Football James Quick when he was Louisville’s head coach, but Bobby does not seem to care much about local talent.

“I feel like Louisville right now is very focused on these Florida boys and these Southern dudes and are not really even giving in-state a look unless you’re a top dog,” Herron said. “Right now, I don’t really understand it, but that was Louisville’s problem: Just the fact that Grantham left and they didn’t really even make an effort to come see me, any contact. … They never came out to the school. It just seemed like they were recruiting out-of-state dudes better than they were recruiting me and Rondale, two big athletes, 10 minutes away.”

Not only does Petrino not care, his coaching staff is so disorganized, they forget to keep recruiting players once other assistants leave.

The statements from Moore and Herron should be music to Kentucky fans’ ears.  Since Petrino returned to Louisville, only his first class was ranked higher than UK’s.  We’ll see if his new bold strategy to surpass UK on the recruiting trail — ignore all of the best players that live close to your school — will produce results on National Signing Day.

[The Courier-Journal]

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

20 Comments for Louisville’s Bobby Petrino Does Not Recruit Top 50 Players from Louisville



  1. Reuben Cuban
    6:39 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    Sounds like Bobby Petrino did a favor for both Rondale Moore and Stephen Herron; and, it will have worked out best for them in the long run.



  2. CatBlue in LR
    6:49 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    Why? Because Bobby Petrino is an a__ hole, and they or their families were wise enough to see it.



  3. Mathlete
    7:09 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    After all that disrespect, wouldn’t it feel great to put it to Louisville every year for the next four years? I mean, there’s no better feeling than making someone pay for passing on you like that and it just so happens UK is playing the Cards every year for the foreseeable future…



  4. rcreque
    7:45 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    Hey Nick, Louisville has MANY players including multiple starters on the team from the Louisville area as well as the State of Kentucky. Almost all of these kids were also recruited by UK as well. Recruiting varies based on needs at certain positions as you know. I personally know several kids playing at other D1 schools who wanted to come to UK but were not offered scholarships by Coach Stoops. Take a look at Louisville’s Roster and see how many Kentucky kids they have compared to UK and I think you will be surprised.



    • Eazy
      10:29 am June 29, 2017 Permalink

      UK recruits at a higher level than UL. But we have more top ranked in state guys than them, too. Kash, Young, Jackson, etc.



  5. Brian in Franklin
    7:48 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    Question is did UK recruit Moore hard enough? He committed to Texas without much of an apparent fight.



    • Nick Roush
      8:46 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

      After the spring game Stoops was talking to Moore and his family before talking to his own family. Just like Moore, if they don’t get Herron it won’t be for a lack of effort.



  6. rcreque
    9:00 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    By the way, Nick, Moore was offered by U of L on February 5th.



  7. ABthetruth502
    9:17 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    No doubt Bobby and co made a big mistake not going after Moore harder than we did. But Uofl gets Plenty of in state talent. Truth is the state of Ky hasn’t been putting out All that many Studs since his return to Uofl. UofL is however at the Top of the list for almost every other Top 300 player that is tracked on the state through 2019. Anyways, it’s not always about ratings and stars,it’s what you do with the talent. And last time I checked Bobby just turned a 3* into the youngest Heisman winner in history. And theres nothing more hilarious, than Uk Homers talking about selling their souls for a coach after hiring Calipari Fresh off of vacated wins at two separate Schools.



    • runningunnin.454
      11:52 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

      Nothing more hilarious than your Heisman winner trying to dribble a football….Heisman pose, Heisman fumble. There it is on the ground….get it, get it
      And speaking of vacated wins….when’s the ceremony.



    • Booby Petrino
      8:40 am June 29, 2017 Permalink

      There’s nothing more hilarious than Louisville fans comparing “Cal’s” vacated wins to Louisville paying prostitutes to talk 16 year olds into doing things they didn’t want to do.

      How does it feel watching your team lose to “slapd*cks” (as you classy Louisville fans like to call UK football players) on your home turf with a Heisman quarterback lol



    • Eazy
      10:14 am June 29, 2017 Permalink

      You have a coach who is fresh off vacated wins at your school. Lol. That Heisman winner you speak of played for s team that lost their last 3 games. Petrino is vastly overrated. UK is consistently out recruiting UL and will surpass them soon.



    • Eazy
      3:50 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

      UL was the worst team a heisman winner has played on since the 50s. Jackson was a 4* rated player by most services. Oh, and Petrino only went to UL because no other power 5 schools would touch him. Cal could have gone anywhere he wanted. The NBA still wants him.



    • Eazy
      3:51 pm June 29, 2017 Permalink

      UK exudes class from Barnhart to Mingione. UL only hires coaches who have character issues or have been fired by other schools a la Petrino.



  8. ABthetruth502
    9:25 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    Btw, This headline is worse than CNN. I guess a scholarship offer doesn’t fit ksr’s definition of “Bobby does not recruit top 50 in City talent”



  9. shepdog3720
    9:26 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    I still wonder how Moore and Herron ended up at Trinity…both were incredible talents at New Albany High School in Indiana and like magic they ended up at a private school across the river in Louisville…..



  10. fogt333
    10:19 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    The illiterate Louisville fans crack me up. They’re all like, blah blah blah nick nick nick and totally disregard the multiple QUOTES FROM THE ACTUAL PLAYERS in the article



    • Eazy
      10:32 am June 29, 2017 Permalink

      I’ve lived all over the country and never seen a more ignorant fan base than UL. They act like they are some power football program but have ZERO national titles.



  11. catlaska
    10:33 pm June 28, 2017 Permalink

    And he was offered in Feb, he felt that due to the amount of time he had spent with UofL staff, waiting that many months to offer was disrespectful