Mark Stoops has had his first run in with the recruiting tactics of the Louisville Cardinals. ESPN rated four star corner back Jaleel Hytchye is out of Cincinnati Ohio and has committed to the Wildcats. He took part in an ESPN Insider feature called “Favorite Memories from the Recruiting Trail”. Hytchye was asked what the most annoying experience he has had in the recruiting process thus far, and here is what he had to say:
Most annoying part is the end where I told Louisville I wasn’t coming, and they kept trying to come down, and I told them I’m solid and they kept going and tried to come to the school and recruit me. I had a low-key argument with one of the coaches. We were going back and forth. He said, ‘We’re winning championships at Louisville,’ and I said, ‘We’re winning championships at Kentucky.’ He said, ‘We’re going to a bowl game,’ and I said, ‘We’re going to a bowl game.’ He said, ‘Who are you going to beat: Alabama, Florida?’ and I said, ‘We’ll eventually get there.
Honestly Louisville didn’t do anything different from what most teams do during recruiting, but still, with the cloud hanging over Clint Hurtt and what he did, or did not do, at Miami, recruits have to be taken aback.
I love Jaleel’s attitude and his resolve only seemed to strengthen when the Cardinal coach kept pushing. Hurtt may be big and intimidating, but it’s obvious that Hytchye smelled a rat and wanted no part of that program. Not saying it was Hurtt is the coach that Hytchye was talking about, but he is their recruiter.
Get to steppin’ Cards.