Today the Louisville Cardinals announced the hiring of Greg Brown as safeties coach and recruiting coordinator. I’ve read a lot of articles today, including the University’s official release, that put coach Brown’s long coaching history on display. It is pretty impressive to hire a guy with so much NFL and NCAA coaching experience as a position coach on the Cardinals. I’m convinced he’s a great hire to coach the safeties and have no doubt that the position will be in good hands. I do have concerns about his skills in his other, and more important IMO, position as recruiting coordinator.
At first glance I saw that Greg Brown coached the secondary for Alabama this past season and Alabama just ended National Signing Day with the top ranked class in the nation. That looks good for Greg Brown on the surface, but when I dug deeper I found a different story. According to rivals.com, Greg Brown was listed as the recruiter of four prospect for the Crimson Tide. These included two 4 stars, one 3 star, and one 2 star recruit that Alabama never offered. Of those four targets can you guess how many committed to Alabama? NONE
Looking back further in the 2012 class, when Brown was more involved in recruiting as Defensive Coordinator at Colorado, I found where he was listed as the recruiter of five commits. This list included two 4 start CB’s, the 40th ranked recruit in the nation, and propelled the entire class ranking to 36th in the nation according to Rivals.com. Not too shabby for Colorado, FYI Louisville’s class was ranked 42nd that year. Again on the surface that seems like a pretty good sign to snag the 40th best recruit in the country, until you see how it happened.
Yuri Wright was originally committed to Michigan before they pulled his scholarship and he was kicked out of his prep school for a series of extremely inappropriate tweets found here (adult language). So how did taking a low life recruit that no one wanted pan out? 16 tackles his first year and he was so far down the depth chart of a 1-11 team that they decided to redshirt him this past year. The other 4 star recruit, Kenneth Crawley, has at least become a starter on the team and shows some promise for the rest of his Colorado career.
I’ve got no doubt that Greg Brown can coach a secondary, but I’m going to have to be convinced by what he does with this next class that he is the right guy to be Recruiting Coordinator.