Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Louisville Cardinal recruiting class.
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It’s a size problem. There are some nice gets despite all of the issues and the transition, but there just aren’t enough players. This is a really, really small class of just 14 signees, but that’s going to open things up for a massive haul in 2020.
No new head coach has time to work, but it was tough for Scott Satterfield to make much happen after coming over from Appalachian State. There was talent on his Mountaineer teams, but – this isn’t an insult – he succeeded with less that he’s inheriting. This class is better than anything he got at ASU.
Satterfield had the most National Signing Day holes to fill of just about any Power Five head coach. Louisville signed just four players in the early period. It was a mad scramble just to get bodies, and Satterfield was able to get ten new recruits on NSD.
Last year’s class didn’t do much at running back, making the two signed on a really big deal. Aidan Robbins is a local product who was a part of the equation early on, but Jalen Mitchell is the more talented prospect. Satterfield landed the Florida native on National Signing Day, taking him away from Purdue and Virginia Tech.
Louisville has to go hard on wide receivers next year. It was a thin class in 2018, and this year no true wideouts signed on. There’s experience in place, but it’ll take some scrambling this spring.
The defensive line will need some bulk in the interior, too. Joshua Black came in late in the process, and he’s projected to be a backup in a few years. The defense needs a new group of big bodies to get a whole lot tougher.
Was Satterfield able to do anything for the woeful O line situation? Sort off. He got three prospects, highlighted by the steal of Florida native Renato Brown away from Miami. He might not be the best prospect in this class, but he certainly had the highest-profile suitors.
Give it a year. It was a very, very rough situation for Satterfield, but he made the most of it with a whole lot of hustle before National Signing Day. For 2020, he’ll have job openings, and he should bring a different attitude for the program. Now he has to sell it.