SHELBYVILLE, KY –
If you weren’t there in person to feel the effects of the monumental win over the Florida Gators in the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl you could definitely feel and see the excitement and gratitude from the several hundred fans that lined the driveways behind the Howard Schnellenberger Complex yesterday to welcome home some of the Sugar Bowl Champions. From cities like Frankfort and Shelbyville all the way out to Shepherdsville, Cardinal red is being flaunted around like never before. Strolling around social media sites like Facebook and Twitter you become flooded with comments and photos of the “giant slayers” Louisville Cardinals football team and coaches.
(Charlie Strong got the gatorade bath in the Sugar Bowl- photo espn.com)
I personally don’t recall the feel after the 1991 Fiesta Bowl win over Alabama as I was only 10 years old but the 2007 Orange Bowl victory over Wake Forest produced quite a bit of excitement for several days. Some games just have the magnitude for a team win or lose that send out ripple effects that can be felt from head to toe. The Cards’ win over the 14 point favorite Gators was one of those games. Here are a few ripple effects with more to come I’m sure:
- It didn’t take long for Coach Charlie Strong to capitalize on the ripple effect as he has gathered a verbal commitment from highly touted four star recruit, De’Asian Richardson. Richardson is a 6-foot-3 285-pound defensive tackle prospect from Orange Park, Florida that was committed to West Virginia and has offers from the nation’s elite including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida St., South Carolina and Oklahoma just to name a few.
- Coach Adron Robinson, who coaches Niceville High School in Florida, told me, “I’m here at the Army All American game in San Antonio and there are a lot of guys talking about the Cardinals big win. That performance will probably gain a recruit or two from some guys that weren’t originally going to commit there (Louisville).”
- Coach Robinson is in San Antonio with two of his younger players, Tyre McCants (5-foot-10 184-pounds Wide Receiver) and Shi’Kim Coward (5-foot-9 175-pound Running Back). Robinson says the Cards are showing some interest and both of these kids could be big time recruits. McCants is a 2014 prospect and Coward is 2015. Niceville also has Nick Haynes, a 6-foot-4 294-pound offensive guard prospect for 2013 who is getting some looks from Louisville.
- I spoke with recent stud defensive tackle commitment, Derrick Calloway and his mother Wendy Strong. Derrick said when asked if he watched the game, “Yes sir I got to watch the whole game minus a few minutes of the third quarter but it was great seeing them beat Florida like that. I can’t wait to go back to school to talk some smack to my friends who kept saying stuff like “Florida is going to crush Louisville”. Calloway says he is very excited to get to Louisville and thinks the program is about to really “take off”. Calloway’s mother said she “thought the game was really exciting and it was fun to see the Cards play like they did.” “I am big on academics and I think Derrick made the best decision for him in choosing Louisville and we are excited to go up there, I think on the 18th for his official visit.”
- Tomorrow at 1:00 pm EST the Army All American Bowl will be televised nationally and word is that the big win has all but secured Trinity’s James Quick to pledge his verbal commitment to the hometown Cardinals. Quick has been open about Louisville and Ohio State as his favorites for some time now but after seeing the way Teddy Bridgewater spread the ball around against a top defense like Florida, one would have to think that Quick took notice of that and can see that Coach Charlie Strong, Shawn Watson and the rest of the staff have the Cards primed for bigger things and a bright future. I’ve also heard some rumors that Trinity stud defensive end/linebacker, Jason Hatcher is now considered a “soft commit” to Southern California and might possibly switch his commitment to the Cardinals as well during the Army All American game.
(Could Jason Hatcher commit to the Cards? photo by highschool.rivals.com)
Stay tuned to Cardinal Dominance as there are sure to be more ripples from the Sugar Bowl win and we will bring them all to you as we get them.