Don't be shocked if there is a surprise or two on National Signing Day for Louisville. The Cardinals landed Dominique Brown and Preston Brown last year on NSD and we're expecting last day commitments to beef up Louisville's already solid recruiting class. We'll keep close watch on several prospects who will announce their decisions Wednesday, including, but not limited to Kaleb Johnson and Jon Davis. B.J. Dubose, who committed to Miami this weekend, also still could be in play for the Cardinals on Wednesday. Will DaMarcus Smith stick with Louisville?
We can see this one going either way. Charlie Strong's first commit, Smith started exploring options after Teddy Bridgewater enrolled early at Louisville. There had been rumblings that Arkansas was making a move, but it doesn't seem anything materialized. Then last week, Smith made an official visit to UCF. Charlie Strong met with Smith after he returned home from Orlando, but Smith has cut off all contact with the media the past week. At very least, he's a huge question mark for Louisville right now.
Will Louisville land commitments from Jon Davis, Kaleb Johnson and Elkino Watson on NSD?
Davis, a four-star tight end, and Johnson, a three-star offensive lineman, have Louisville in their final two. Wednesday, Davis will announce his decision at 1:30 between Louisville and Illinois, while Johnson will choose between Louisville and Miami. Davis might be an Illinois lean heading into signing day, Johnson is simply too close to call. Watson, a defensive lineman from Miami, is rumored to be leaning towards Florida, but he's receiving considerable pressure to stay home and play for Al Golden's Hurricanes. All three are too close to call, but Watson appears the longest shot for the Cardinals on signing day.
Is this Louisville's best recruiting class?
It's up there, but I'm simply not ready to proclaim this the best recruiting class in Louisville history just yet. If the Cardinals finish strong on NSD, this very well could end up as the top class – on paper – in Cardinal history. As it stands, this class has star power (Teddy Bridgewater, Gerod Holliman, DeVante Parker), and meets needs at several key positions, including quarterback, secondary, wide receiver, and offensive line. If Strong adds a few of his top targets on NSD, a solid argument could be made for this most recent haul as the best-ever in UofL history.
Will Louisville sign the full allotment of 25 prospects?
I don't see Louisville using all 25 slots in this recruiting class, but they could get close. The Cardinals enter signing day with 19 players publicly committed, though DaMarcus Smith is highly questionable. That means Louisville could sign 6 or 7 players Wednesday. If forced to predict, I'd probably put the number between 20-22. Obviously, much depends on how signing day decisions fall for the Cardinals.