Strong steals one of Florida's recruits

New Louisville Cardinals head coach Charlie Strong is already hard at work landing some of the top talent in the nation, much to the chagrin of his former school, the University of Florida.

Hardaway (Columbus, GA) quarterback Marcus Smith-who had a scholarship offer from Florida-committed to Louisville following a visit to the campus this past weekend, according to the Courier-Journal.

Smith-a three-star prospect according to ESPN.com-was thought to be headed for Gainesville-until Strong and Louisville got involved in the action.

“If Louisville would have never been in the mix, I would have probably went to Florida,” Smith told the Courier-Journal. “I like Coach Strong a lot and I really wanted to play for Coach Strong.”

The 6’3” Smith threw for over 1,700 yards-while rushing for another 650 yards-as a high school senior this past fall.

The news of Smith’s decision to choose Louisville over Florida cannot sit well with Gator Nation. Recruiting against the rest of the SEC is tough enough, but now that Strong is cutting into the talent pool, things just got harder.

Strong had been the defensive coordinator at Florida since 2003 and helped the Gators win two National Championships. He left to take the top job at Louisville back in December.

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