I finally got the official visitor list this week so I wanted to give a brief update.
Jahlil McClain was initially unconfirmed, but was seen in some social media videos from the other recruits. It is my understanding that Jamari Johnson will visit sometime this weekend. He was scheduled to take an official visit to Oregon. It’s important that Jeff Brohm and Ryan Wallace find a way to get some time with him. He is a key player in the class. Cardinals officials are revealing that Texas A&M transfer cornerback Marquis Groves-Killebrew is visiting. He is a former four-star who calls Louisville his “hometown.”
Below is an updated list of transfer recruits and sophomores.
Dillon Johnson – Running back
Mississippi State’s running backs had a tough job in their air raid offense for the Bulldogs. He averaged 70 yards per game this year. Johnson has shown great ability to handle the ball and runs very hard.
Jadon Thompson – wide receiver
Thompson is a transfer from Cincinnati, where he finished the 2022 season as the third-leading receiver. Thompson is 6-2/190 and has shown some good speed on a 100-yard kickoff return this year. UofL needs talent and depth at wide receiver, so Thompson would add a nice piece at outside receiver if he joins the team.
Myles Slusher – defensive back
I’m still feeling the Ron English defense, but they’re looking for versatile guys to play safety and nickel. Slusher fits that mold very well. He can play deep safety or line up in the slot and also has 9 tackles for loss in his career with outside rushers. Slusher is one of my favorites of the guys they brought in this weekend.
Hurricane Duck – Cornerback
Duck led UNC in interceptions with three and also broke up nine passes on the season. After regaining his eligibility as a true freshman, however, he battled injuries during his season with the team. I was a top recruit and hoped that Louisville would land because his cousin was a star cornerback at App State for Brian Brown. Dak will be a great veteran addition to UofL.
Jimmy Calloway – Wide receiver
I don’t know much about Calloway because he didn’t have much to do in Tennessee. He has good size and clocked a 4.42 forty times as a recruit. As I mentioned, UofL needs depth at receiver, and using Portal to do that isn’t a bad idea.
Help a peer – Edge
Akana wasn’t even on the radar until mid-game yesterday. He’s a 6-4/225 4-star cornerback from Utah who decided to take his last official visit to UofL before heading to Colorado for a visit. After a little digging, it appears he has some connection to the Polynesian players at St. John Bosco and will also play in the Adidas All-American Game with the current commit. I’m not sure why he visited, but I can only assume he had no offers from UofL or Purdue.
But could Jeff Broome be hiring a linebackers coach he hired elsewhere? That is an obvious possibility. Regardless of the connection, it would be huge if UofL added another top-100 defenseman.
George Berhan – Narrow end
Berhen is a current Purdue commit who was a finalist for Mr. Football in Indiana. He has good size at 6-5/225 and judging by his highlights, he’s a pretty good athlete. I believe Berhen has other options to choose from but UofL is looking for tight ends and they could take another high school player as opposed to using Portal.
Jeff Brohm is hosting his first big visiting weekend as Louisville football coach and is starting with a strong group of prospects. Brohm will have a mix of current commitments and uncommitted high school recruits and transfers in town for the weekend.
I’ve put together a list of prospects using tweets and recruiting website reporting, but I’ll update the list if I get more information on the final player list.
I think the Cards could come in after this weekend with a few new members of the 2023 class.
Stephen Heron – Edge
Heron finished his final year at Stanford with a strong performance as a pass rusher. He had 5.5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, and PFF ranked him 40 pressures on the quarterback. The former Trinity standout took some time to make a big impact for the Cardinals, but he racked up nearly 1,200 snaps at Stanford and brings plenty of experience to any defense.
It’s hard to know where UofL stands here, just because Heron has options, but he hasn’t been public about those options. UofL getting his first visit is a good sign and my feeling is that he will announce his commitment soon.
Zavion Thomas – wide receiver
The former Louisville commit is looking for a new home as a punt returner for Mississippi State after a stellar season. Thomas has top-end speed and has shown he can run in contact this year. He currently ranks fifth in the nation in punt return average. I wonder if he’s looking for a new home because he hasn’t been able to get many snaps at wide receiver for MSU.
I was so high on Thomas as a recruit and I literally lost my mind when he got fired on Mike’s show. While he may not be as impactful as a receiver, his ability as a returner gives a good glimpse of what he can do when he makes big plays.
I don’t know if UofL will get a commitment this weekend so everyone needs a super fast receiver, but they should feel good visiting the portal a few days after entering. Getting to know each other doesn’t hurt either. As the Cards need a lot of help at receiver, Thomas may be sold on the opportunity to play right away.
Devin Neal – Defensive back
UofL is looking for another veteran quarterback to help replace Trey Clark and Kendrick Duncan in the secondary and has a strong gap between veterans and young players. The loss of Rance Conner to Portal leaves the nickel spot open and the safety group has only second-year players behind the starters. Neal brings a veteran addition and a player who can play safety as well as nickel.
Although Neal was from Lexington, he wasn’t heavily recruited because he quickly linked up with Baylor and stuck with them even through a coaching change. He brings great versatility to the UofL defense and had a solid season this year. Neal finished the year with 41 tackles, 2 interceptions, 2 tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble. He did a little bit of everything for the Bears.
Neal has only reported an offer from Louisville, but may have other options. However, getting some good playing time back home should help the Cards. I wouldn’t be surprised if he makes the call this weekend.
McGraw would be a potential depth boost from the portal, which is something I was hoping to see personally. UofL and the rest of the country’s teams will have some numbers issues due to player departures and need a fresh start, so it’s worth considering adding some transfers. McGraw only played 12 times at Penn State but he’s 6-5/270 and I’d take that over a high school project player.
Purdue and UofL both offered McGraw in high school and he visited Louisville as a recruit. It doesn’t hurt to get to know the new staff and the school. Lance Taylor has extended an offer from Western Michigan, but McGraw has not announced any other offers.
Dylan Austin – Corner back
Current LSU commits Aaron Williams and Pierce Clarkson have been teased as potential recruits since the summer, but he didn’t appear to be on the radar for a visit until this week. Austin is one of the top corners in the country and his size and speed will be a big boost for the secondary.
Austin won’t sign until the deadline, so UofL will have time to build a relationship with him. He will also play in the Under Armor All-American game next month alongside Madden Sanker and William Foles.
Edwin Joseph – Athlete
Joseph is making his second visit to campus after his November visit was announced. Louisville appears to be recruiting Joseph as a defensive back, but he can play on either side of the ball. The new staff can see him as a true athlete that they can recognize once they step onto the practice field. Florida State looks like the team to beat here with Miami as an option for him as well. Auburn recently took him on a tour.
Kewan Brown – Running back
Brown is a former Purdue commit who left the class after Jeff Brohm took the UofL job. He hasn’t taken any other visits as a recruit, so I think there’s a good chance he’ll join the Louisville unit after the visit. Brown is a solid back built with good speed and quickness. He ran for 7,476 yards, 84 touchdowns and averaged 9.3 yards per carry while playing Class 6-AA football at Georgia as a three-year starter. His numbers and highlights definitely make you feel good about him as someone who can add to the running back should he commit and sign.
Pierce Clarkson – quarterback
Stanquan Clark – Linebacker
Madden Sanker – Offensive Lineman
Luke Burgess – offensive lineman
Cataurus Hicks – wide receiver
William Foles – wide receiver
Adonia green – edge
Aaron Williams – Cornerback
Rayquan Adkins – Cornerback
Micah Carter – Defensive End