The 2018 Louisville Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Louisville Recruiting Class Overview
It’s always a problem when a team is in the same division as recruiting powerhouses Clemson and Florida State, but based on its own, Louisville came up with a nice, big class full of ACC talents.
The passing game got more big receivers for the near future, starting with 6-3 Jatavious Harris out of Georgia, and getting a nice commitment out of California in 6-2 Manuel Allen.
There’s not much for the running game or offensive line, and Jordan Travis is a just-okay quarterback get, but it’s a decent haul of talent to work with.
The defensive side got the help with a bulk of talent for the front, with a slew of big, versatile linemen who can rotate in as big ends or quick tackles. There isn’t any one superstar prospect, but it’s a strength-in-numbers group. But …
The Louisville Class Is Heavy On …
There are a few options who can fill into a variety of roles – receivers, returners, defensive backs. That’s why you recruit the nebulous “athlete” type of prospects. However, there are some terrific gets for the secondary, too.
Yasir Abdullah is a big 6-2, 225-pound thumper of a safety from Miami who blew off the LSU and USF to be a Cardinal, and Telly Plummer out of Atlanta chose Louisville over Penn State, Notre Dame and Virginia Tech.
Safety Trenell Troutman is a good pickup out of Miami, getting away from the Canes. And …
The Star of the Louisville Class Is …
CB Chandler Jones, 5-11, 175
From Troutman to Marcus Riley to DE Mike Boykin, there are several other potential stars from this class, but Jones should turn into a factor right away.
An interesting prospect, the 5-11, 175-pounder out of Miami was wanted by several Ivy League schools, was interested in Utah and Vanderbilt, and ended up in Louisville. He’s not huge, but he can move, and smarts will never be a problem. He’ll find a role somewhere.
The Louisville Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Besides Lamar Jackson, the Cardinals need help on the other side the ball. The defensive line is a massive issue, and losing a few linebackers will be a problem, but all four starting defensive backs have to be replaced now that CB Jaire Alexander left early for the NFL.
Four of the top five tacklers are now gone – top tackler LB Dorian Etheridge is back – and six of the top nine tacklers are done. Mostly, the defensive backs have to be dealt with right out of the gate – this class will provide a few options.