David Padgett faces a huge challenge, as he tries to recruit players to Louisville amid FBI investigation and scandal.
The program lost two blue-chip players in the class of 2018 shortly after news of the scandal, and head coach Rick Pitino’s impending ouster, came down: five-star guard Anfernee Simons and four-star point guard Courtney Ramey.
Neither will totally rule out the Cardinals moving forward, however.
Parents of Ramey and Simons spoke to Courier-Journal writer Jeff Greer about their willingness to reopen communications with Padgett, who is serving as interim coach.
Ramey’s father, Terrell, confirmed Padgett’s plans to the Courier-Journal, saying they were receptive to Padgett’s overtures. Padgett was the primary recruiter for Ramey, who picked the Cards over scholarship offers from Creighton and Florida.
“David has always been good to us,” Terrell Ramey said, “and he was proactive during the entire situation last week.”
Padgett has not yet reached out to Simons, but his mother, Tameka Simons, said their family would be receptive to re-opening the lines of communication.
“Sure, we are open to that,” Tameka Simons said.
This is some light good news for the Cardinals, although it is unlikely that either guard, or any major recruit, will commit to Padgett without knowing his long-term status at Louisville. With a big season as interim coach, perhaps he can win the full time job, but there’s also a very good chance that Louisville tries to bring in a more established coach. If it can, that is.