Life has changed for Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson since he won the Heisman Trophy last December. He talked at ACC Media Days about how fans recognize him at most places he goes.
That’s not the only thing that’s changed for the Louisville program. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino said Thursday recruiting has come easier in Florida since Jackson won the Heisman.
“I think the recognition of Lamar and being from down there has helped us recruit,” Petrino said, according to Rivals. “Our challenge is just to get them on campus. … It doesn’t take long at all [for Jackson’s name] to come up in recruiting conversations down there. That’s for sure.
“It really started during the season last year. Guys started answering their phones that didn’t answer them before. It was guys calling us, too. It’s one of those things. The style of play and the way he excelled in it really helped us recruiting.”
Jackson was born in Pompano Beach, Fla., and went to Boynton Beach Community, which just north of Delray Beach.
Clearly, the Heisman Trophy and the departure of Clemson’s Deshaun Watson has turned Jackson into the face of the ACC.
Louisville has 12 commits in its 2018 recruiting class, eight from Florida. Three of the seven high school commits the Cardinals have from Florida are ranked in the top 100 players in the state.
The Cardinals had just four players from Florida in their 2017 class.