By LARRY VAUGHT
Kentucky has made a recruiting impact in Louisville the last two years but that might get a bit more difficult now that Scott Satterfield is the new Louisville coach.
Former Louisville coach Bobby Petrino had about worn out his welcome with many Louisville high school coaches before he was fired midway of last season. The Cardinals won only two games — none in ACC play — but yet already have 20 commitments in the 2020 class. That includes offensive lineman Austin Collins of Louisville Christian Academy and safety Josh Minkins of Louisville Ballard.
“We have not played a game and did not win a ACC game last year. Our staff has done a great job (recruiting),” Satterfield said Tuesday while speaking to the Louisville Quarterback Club.
The former Appalachian State health coach was asked how he felt about the overall high school talent in Kentucky.
“Obviously I think Louisville has the best talent in the state. As you get out in more rural areas you have talent more spread around,” Satterfield said. “Louisville certainly has good talent. We are trying to get high school coaches more involved in our program, particularly those within an hour, hour and half of us.
“We had over 200 coaches come out and watch practice that had been closed to them in the past. We can’t do this by ourselves. We have got to have help from (high school) coaches.”
But not only is Satterfield going to work on re-establishing a dominant recruiting presence for the Cardinals in Louisville, he also wants to reach out to another priority spot for Kentucky under Mark Stoops and Vince Marrow.
“Every year we will start in our backyard and try to get as much talent as we can to stay home,” Satterfield said. “But we have got to get up in Ohio. That is a talented area. We have to get up in that state and that will be huge.”
He has one Ohio 2020 commit — offensive guard Luke Sandra of Cincinnati.
Satterfield didn’t sound anxious to try a quick fix with junior college players to help his depth issues.
“I would like to build through the high school ranks. I like to have guys for a few years when you can coach them up,” the new Louisville coach said.