There is something brewing on the banks of the Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. Here we are in late June and Head Coach Scott Satterfield has the 12th-ranked class in the nation for the 2023 recruiting cycle. Satterfield currently has ten commitments in this class. Five of them are three-star prospects, four are four-star prospects and a lone five-star prospect.
All player rankings referenced in this article are from the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
One of the first things that popped out to me about this class is the number of commits from the state of California. Half of the current commits are from the Golden State. Starting with the 10th-ranked WR from St. John Bosco, DeAndre Moore Jr. Moore stands at 6’0 185 pounds and is the 6th-ranked player in the state of CA and the 58th-ranked player nationally. DeAndre was originally committed to the University of Oklahoma. However, after Coach Lincoln Riley's departure, he decommitted. A few months later he decided to commit to Louisville. He's not coming from the west coast to the bluegrass state alone. Three of his high school teammates from St. John Bosco committed the cards as well.
First is Aaron Williams, the 6’2, 185-pound 17th-ranked CB and 10th-ranked player in California. Pierce Clarkson, the 6’0, 195-pound 10th-ranked QB and 13th-ranked player in California. And last but not least, Jahlil McClain, the 5’10, 180-pound 33rd-ranked ATH and 31st-ranked player in California.
Filling out the rest of the recruiting class are four-star EDGE Adonijah Green, three-star ATH Jamari Johnson, three-star S Jayden Davis, three-star ATH Jeremiah Collins, and three-star CB Rayquan Adkins.
The biggest commitment of the class by far came on the 20th of June this year. The decision of this five-star prospect sent shockwaves through the college football world. I'm talking about the number one ranked running back in the class of 2023, Rueben Owens. Rueben stands at 5’11 and weighs 190 pounds. He is the 3rd-ranked player in the state of Texas and the 16th-ranked player in the nation.
Owens was originally being crystal balled to Texas by multiple sources. Three days after his official visit to Louisville, Owens committed to coach Satterfield and company. I believe he will have an immediate impact as soon as he steps on campus. Owens has big-play ability and is more than capable of hitting home-run plays with the ball in his hands. I fully expect him to start as a true freshman.
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Overall this might end up being one of the best classes that Louisville recruits ever when it's all said and done. I don't believe they are finished yet on the recruiting trail. The Cardinals recently received crystal balls for 6’8, 285 pound three-star OT Luke Burgess, 6’4, 325 pound three-star IOL Jordan Church, and 6’4, 305 pound four-star IOL Madden Sanker. An interesting fact about this Cardinal recruiting class is that they have four commits that are ranked in the top 200 nationally. That's as many top 200 recruits that they have had in the last 13 years combined. I think this may be the beginning of something special in Louisville.