Bobby Petrino and his recruiting coordinator Greg Brown have been on the lookout for immediate help in the secondary since arriving on campus. The staff has scoured the country trying to find replacements for the departing Hakeem Smith and Calvin Pryor. Brown has made his mark out on the West coast instead of the familiar grounds in the southeast. Just two weeks ago, on April 15th, Brown was able to land former four-star recruit and Washington Husky, James Sample out of American River Community College in Sacramento, California. Sample looks like he can provide much needed depth and experience.
Brown showed that he wasn’t finished in California and was able to grab a commitment from another nice looking prospect in Isaac Watson. Watson is an impressive looking 6-foot-2, 225 pound safety that has big play making skills and strength. Brown found Watson at the College of San Mateo in San Mateo, CA. Watson was a teammate of another late UofL signee, defensive lineman Pio Vatuvei.
“Coach Brown said he expects me to contribute right away,” Watson said. “They run mostly cover three and they want me free or dropping down. He likes my movement, footwork and the fact that I’m a bigger guy. He wants me at that safety position.”
Watson was being recruited heavily by California as well but felt that he couldn’t pass up the offer to play at Louisville after receiving the “full ride” offer from Brown. Isaac says that he has yet to speak to Petrino but was offered by Brown this past Friday night. When asked when he plans on checking out the campus and city, Watson said,
“I go on my official visit in a couple weeks. I graduated last semester but I didn’t have the offer I wanted so I stayed. I’m supposed to go to Louisville at the end of May. I’m waiting for the coaches to get the transcripts. After that is when I’ll probably talk to the head coach. Actually, today (Monday) coach Todd Grantham told me the transcripts were sent in to them.”
There’s no denying that the Cards are going to have some moments to forget int he secondary after losing such a talented duo (Smith and Pryor) but the future still looks bright there. Gerod Holliman, Jermaine Reve, Terrence Ross and Kevin Houchins are a nice group that has tons of potential. Adding in Sample and Watson may just be what the Cards need to continue their strong tradition of defensive backs.