Louisville's 2024 recruiting class includes four prospects from the Sunshine State
Louisville football signed one of the program's best-ever recruiting classes with the incoming 2023 group and now the coaching staff is putting in the effort to have another impressive class for 2024.
The class began last summer when four-star running back Isaac Brown announced for Louisville, then at the start of the new year one of the highest-rated prospects in program history committed to the Cardinals in edge rush TJ Capers.
The 2024 class added another on Sunday afternoon when Jacksonville, Fla., The Bolles School linebacker Trent Carter chose the Cardinals.
While still very early in the process, Louisville's current eight-man class sits at No. 22 in the 247Sports team recruiting rankings. The group's average prospect rating of 89.16 is currently the 19th highest nationally.
Check out the current list of commitments in order of commitment date below. This report will be updated throughout the 2024 recruiting process.
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Commitment Date: August 1, 2022
247Sports: No. 195 nationally, No. 16 RB, No. 32 in Florida
247Sports Composite: No. 283 nationally, No. 24 RB, No. 43 in Florida
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.9081
Homestead, Fla., running back Isaac Brown was the first member of Louisville's 2024 recruiting class. He committed to Louisville in August 2022 over scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, Texas A&M, West Virginia and a host of others.
Andrew Ivins, Director of Recruiting for 247Sports, has watched Brown compete multiple times and is impressed by his ability to impact.
"A new-age scatback that can impact the game as a ball carrier, a pass catcher and a return man. Played a huge part in Homestead’s magical 2022 campaign as he scored over 15 touchdowns for Florida’s eventual 3M runner-up. Naturally low center of gravity combined with an elite burst and strong contact balance make it extremely difficult for defenders to get him on the ground. Has true one-cut and go capabilities with his track speed (went 10.89 in the 100-meter dash as a sophomore), but can also dance his way out of trouble and isn’t afraid to reverse the field in hopes of finding green grass."
Miami, Fla. Columbus HS
Commitment Date: January 7, 2023
247Sports: No. 51 nationally, No. 7 Edge, No. 8 in Florida
247Sports Composite: No. 31 nationally, No. 4 Edge, No. 7 in Florida
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.9826
TJ Capers became the second-highest prospect to commit to Louisville when he did so during the national broadcast of the All-American Bowl at the start of the year. Capers only trails Michael Bush on UofL's all-time recruiting ranking list.
When Capers made his decision, he told 247Sports that he was looking to help others elevate the Louisville program.
“I see a lot of kids that I respect and played with headed that direction,” Capers said. “Florida kids. Real difference-makers. Stanquan Clark (in 2023) and Isaac (Brown in 2024). I think when we get together we’re going to be extremely hard to deal with for every school in the country."
247Sports' Andrew Ivins also impressed with the potential of Capers.
"Should be viewed as one of the top defensive prospects in the country for the 2024 cycle given what he has put on tape in one of the Sunshine State’s highest classification. Will need to keep progressing, but has some of the required traits to be a multi-year starter at the Power Five level and possibly an early-round NFL Draft pick one day.”
Austin, Tex., Vandegrift HS
Commitment Date: April 5, 2023
247Sports: No. 38 QB, No. 91 in Texas
247Sports Composite: No. 637 nationally, No. 40 QB, No. 100 in Texas
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.8761
Deuce Adams, 6-foot-1, 170-pounds, committed to Louisville shortly after making a weekend-long unofficial visit.
“Mainly, the offense, with the numbers it has put up in the past,” Adams told Cardinal Authority. “I feel like I can be a great fit in that offense. Secondly, I’ve built a great relationship with coach Brian Brohm and head coach Jeff Brohm and I feel like we can do great things together.”
Performing at an Elite 11 regional in Austin, Tex., less than two weeks removed from his commitment, Adams impressed the 247Sports recruiting analysts that were on location. His performance drew 'Top Performer' designation and what is likely a future bump in his prospect rating.
"Adams displayed advanced touch and ball placement of his own. He threw the proverbial "catchable ball" as well as just about anybody in attendance. He plays with smooth, effortless movement patterns that belie his functional athleticism and playmaking ability. Adams, who like (TCU commit) Hejny, should soon see his stock rise on the national QB board per the 247Sports rankings, looked particularly comfortable rolling out and putting the ball in spots on the move."
Adams jumped 23 spots in 247Sports prospect update during April 2023.
Commitment Date: April 22, 2023
247Sports: No. 52 OL, No. 7 in Indiana
247Sports Composite: No. 955 nationally, No. 83 OL, No. 13 in Indiana
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.8600
Ransom McDermott committed to Louisville soon after an unofficial visit, doing so over additional scholarship offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, Purdue, West Virginia and others.
"Each time I would visit schools, I had to picture myself living there, practicing there, and going to school there," the 6-foot-7, 300-pound McDermott told 247Sports. "And with Louisville, it wasn't very difficult to see myself going there. One of the things that stands out is how they emphasize developing their players, not just as athletes, but as young men watching Coach (Richard) Owens on the field, and the way he broke down the film after practice showed me the type of coach he was, and I really felt like that he was the type of Coach I could see myself playing for."
The projection that Louisville is a program on the rise under head coach Jeff Brohm also played a significant role in his decision.
"There is a lot of excitement surrounding the new staff, and I can see that they are trying to take Louisville to another level."
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., American Heritage HS
Commitment Date: April 25, 2023
247Sports: No. 119 OT, No. 190 in Florida
247Sports Composite: No. 955 nationally, No. 83 OT, No. 127 in Florida
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.8600
Fort Lauderdale, Fla., American Heritage offensive linemanJimmy Williams committed to Louisville following an unofficial visit in April.
Rated as the No. 107 offensive tackle nationally, Williams has a scholarship offer from Louisville, including fellow ACC programs Duke, Pittsburgh and Syracuse. UCF, Appalachian State, Liberty, FIU and Florida Atlantic are among his additional offers.
As a junior, he started at right tackle for an American Heritage team that went 13-2 and played for a Florida 2M state title. Williams helped pave the way for a 1,900-yard rusher in Miami signee Mark Fletcher.
North Hardin HS
Commitment Date: April 26, 2023
247Sports: No. 80 WR, No. 2 in Kentucky
247Sports Composite: No. 948 nationally, No. 122 WR, No. 7 in Kentucky
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.8611
North Hardin's Shaun Boykins became the first in-state prospect in Louisville's 2024 class when he announced for the Cardinals over Kentucky, West Virginia, Marshall and others.
As a junior, Boykins had897 yards and10 touchdowns on56 receptions. He's also rushed for an additional221 yards andfive scores on28 carries. He was named second-team All-State as a junior. He had 30 catches for 387 yards and five TDs as a sophomore.
Watch Boykins discuss his commitment by clicking HERE.
Boykins will be among a group of prospects that will make an official visit at Louisville in June.
Commitment Date: April 28, 2023
247Sports: No. 22 TE, No. 10 in Michigan
247Sports Composite: No. 387 nationally, No. 19 TE, No. 8 in Michigan
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.8933
Dylan Mesman, one of the nation's top tight end targets, announced for Louisville over finalist Michigan State. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect also collected scholarship offers from Auburn, Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Kentucky, Miami, Ole Miss, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, among others.
"I believe they were the right choice because of the coaching staff," Mesman told 247Sports. "Everyone I met and talked with there are all amazing people and just overall care about me. Coach Brohm is always known for using his tight ends, and it’s obvious in the statistics."
As a junior, Mesman caught 29 passes for 245 yards and six touchdowns. He was Honorable Mention All-Conference and second team Ann Arbor Dream Team. He has been recruited and playing up with the varsity since his freshman year.
Jacksonville, Fla., The Bolles School
Commitment Date: May 21, 2023
247Sports: No. 93 LB, No. 143 in Florida
247Sports Composite: No. 1,128 nationally, No. 105 LB, No. 52 in Florida
247Sports Composite Rating: 0.8511
Louisville added a fourth prospect from the Sunshine State to its 2024 recruiting class when Jacksonville linebacker Trent Carter announced for the Cardinals.
Carter's decision followed a spring visit that answered all questions that the three-star prospect had.
“I went up there for their spring game last month and I just fell in love with the program,” Carter told Cardinal Authority. “I fell in love with all the coaches, what they believed in. They were recruiting me as a middle linebacker, so I really think that my skill level relates a lot to how they play with their guard reads and everything that they do on their defense. It works very well with my skill level.”
His interest in Louisville extended beyond the football program and campus. He and his parent spent some time during his visit to see some of the city and that experience also left a strong impression.
“I loved it,” Carter said. “We drove around the city, and it reminded me a lot of Jacksonville, actually. With the downtown areas - it looked a lot like Jacksonville to me. So, I just fell in love with the city, fell in love with the school, the coaches, everything about.”
Carter is scheduled to make his official visit the weekend of June 2.
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Former Tennessee and UNLV quarterback Harrison Bailey has found a new home
University of Louisville football coach Jeff Brohm has landed another quarterback. In fact, it’s another former four-star quarterback out of the transfer portal that has joined the U of L program.
Former Tennessee and UNLV signal-caller Harrison Bailey, who was ranked as the No. 99 prospect in the Class of 2020, has committed to Louisville. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Bailey, who is originally from Marietta, Ga., announced his decision on social media.
Bailey spent two seasons at Tennessee, starting three games during the 2020 season, and then transferred to UNLV last season. He re-entered the transfer portal in the middle of April.
During the 2020 season, Bailey completed 30 of 58 passes - 51.7 percent - for 318 yards and two touchdowns against one interception for UNLV. He served as a reserve quarterback last season behind UNLV starter Doug Brumfield.
UNLV went 5-7 with Bailey leading the team to a win over Nevada in the season finale.
Bailey spent two seasons at Tennessee, seeing action in seven career games with three starters after choosing the Volunteers over more than 20 other Power 5 offers, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, and Ohio State.
As a freshman in 2020, Bailey played in six games and started the final three during the COVID-19 shortened season. He threw for at least one touchdown in each of the final three games and finished by completing 48 of 68 passes for 578 yards and four touchdowns with two interceptions. Bailey opened the 2021 season No. 3 on the Tennessee depth chart behind Joe Milton and Hendon Hooker.
Bailey only played in one game that season, passing for 16 yards and running for a touchdown against Tennessee Tech. He entered the transfer portal during the Volunteers open week late in the season.
Out of high school, Bailey was ranked the No. 99 overall player, No. 3 pro-style quarterback and No. 15 player in Georgia when he signed with Tennessee in December 2019. He finished as the No. 4 career passer in Georgia high school history behind Jake Fromm, Deshaun Watson and Trevor Lawrence. He’s one of just five Georgia high school quarterbacks to ever throw for more than 10,000 yards.
Bailey committed to the Vols in December 2018 when they didn't have an offensive coordinator and were coming off a loss to Vanderbilt to end their first season under Jeremy Pruitt at 5-7. He finished his high school career with 11,716 yards and threw 44 touchdown passes in 2019 when he led Marietta to a state championship. As a senior, Bailey passed for 4,271 yards and 44 touchdowns while throwing just nine interceptions in 15 games and completing 69.4 percent of his passes.
Bailey joins a quarterback room that now includes former Purdue and California QB Jack Plummer, former Purdue four-star recruit Brady Allen, four-star freshman Pierce Clarkson - all brought in by Brohm - and veterans Brock Domann and Evan Conley.