North Carolina's football recruits have been ranked higher than U of L's in four of the last five seasons.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – The talk at Charlie Strong's press conference Monday focused on whether Louisville deserved its top 20 ranking and how the Cardinals would handle North Carolina's unrelenting, no-huddle offense at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.
Here is another question that will be answered Saturday?
Is North Carolina more talented than Louisville?
If you believe the recruiting rankings, there isn't much question about that.
The 2012 class is the only time in the last five seasons when Louisville's recruits were ranked higher than North Carolina's recruits. And the 2012 numbers were close.
Here are the national rankings for the last five seasons, according to Rivals.com. The numbers in parentheses are the four- and five-star recruits signed by each program in those classes.
2008 – UNC 32 (7); Louisville 55 (1).
2009 – UNC 9 (14); Louisville 77 (1)
2010 – UNC 29 (4); Louisville 48 (3)
2011 – UNC 16 (9); Louisville 29 (4)
2012 – UNC 44 (3); Louisville 42 (3).
Total four- and five-star recruits signed the last five seasons: North Carolina 37, Louisville 12. No wonder four UNC players are considered first- or second-round picks for the 2013 NFL Draft.
Yes, I know that UNC endured a coaching change during last season as well as the ongoing NCAA look into the school's academic performance.
So I checked the roster. I wanted to see how many of the 14 guys ranked at least four-star recruits in 2009 were still on the UNC roster. The answer: Only six.
Tailback A.J. Blue, 145 yards on 28 carries.
Receiver Jheranie Boyd, two catches for 42 yards.
Linebacker Kevin Reddick, 14 tackles, one for a loss
Quarterback Bryn Renner, 507 passing yards and four touchdowns.
Cornerback Terry Shankle, no stats
Offensive tackle Brennan Williams, starts on the right side.