Louisville's Hurtt named recruiter of year

Other schools get more attention. But nobody got more out of the recruiting trail than Louisville's Clint Hurtt.

That's the opinion of ESPN.com's recruiting experts, who named the Cardinals' defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator as the top recruiter in the nation on Wednesday.

Hurtt, who was Miami's recruiting coordinator before joining Charlie Strong last year, was instrumental in helping Louisville land 10 players from South Florida this year, including ESPNU150 players Teddy Bridgewater, Gerod Holliman and Eli Rogers.

"It's something I didn't expect, but it's a great honor and something I am very proud of," Hurtt said of the award. "I think the biggest reason why I had success this season was that these families were very comfortable with me. It's about creating those relationships and building trust."

Strong praised Hurtt for his ability as both a coach and a recruiter who can relate to players.

"We succeeded in recruiting because of people like him," Strong said. "Recruiting is the bloodline of our program. We have to turn it around. Teddy and this class starts the whole ball rolling. We can't get complacent. Everyone will do a better job against us. We have made people take notice of Louisville."

Hurtt was the only Big East coach to be named to ESPN.com's list of the Top 25 recruiters of the year.