As head coach Charlie Strong and the Louisville Cardinals prepare for a strenuous 2013 campaign in which they’re expected to fulfill some lofty expectations, there is no question that a good portion of their attention has to be focused on their 2014 move to the Atlantic Coast Conference. While no, it’s not the SEC by any stretch of the imagination, the ACC certainly is a stronger football conference than the AAC currently is. With such a transition has to come a stronger emphasis on recruiting.
Well, Strong and his coaching staff seem to be on the right track in that regard. They also seem to be grasping the concept of beating out your conference foes for the best talent there is to offer on the Atlantic coast.
Their first target seems to be the Miami Hurricanes and their heavily-recruited dual-threat QB, Alin Edouard.
For quite some time, Edouard has been considered to have a “soft interest” in joining the Canes’ in 2014. It’s been an up-and-down process between he and Miami, but a lot of people pointed towards his growing relationship with offensive coordinator James Coley as the saving grace to eventually salvage the situation and bring the 6-1, 180-pound weapon directly into Coral Gables.
However lately, interest from Louisville and recruiter Clint Hurtt has gotten more and more intense, and could lead to Louisville firing its first big shot in ACC recruiting.
It’s interesting because both schools offer viable options for the four-star (rated by 247Sports) QB. With this being Stephen Morris‘ final year in Miami and Teddy Bridgewater expected to head off to the NFL following this season, Edouard could have the chance in 2014 to compete immediately for a starting job at either school.
He certainly has the tools to become an effective BCS-level quarterback. He has an incredibly strong arm, fast release, and his mobility out of the pocket–coupled with his ability to make accurate throws while in that situation–is envious.
It seems as if the ACC will be blessed with a quarterback with obvious star potential in 2014. The question now is, for which school?