One of the best recruiting classes in Louisville history, Strong's first full class was ranked among the Top 25 nationally by at least one major recruiting service. It's a class that has Louisville fans excited about the future and the Big East on notice that the Cardinals once again are preparing for a league title run.
InsideTheVille.com learned Monday night that all but three of Louisville's 21 signees had arrived on campus to begin summer school and start regular workouts with the team. Only wide receiver Eli Rogers, offensive lineman Mike Romano and defensive back Gerod Holliman haven't arrived on campus yet. Romano graduates from high school this week, and is scheduled to enroll at UofL next month. Rogers and Holliman "probably" will arrive in July, and sources inform that no academic or NCAA Clearinghouse issues are expected.
This is the largest contingent of recruits to arrive on campus this early in recent memory. That's important because the Cardinals are counting on several true freshmen to provide depth and contribute this season. Arriving on campus two months before fall camp begins will allow the freshmen to get a head start in the weight room and classroom and should give several players a better chance to contribute right away.
Four true freshmen enrolled at UofL in January, including U.S. Army All-American Teddy Bridgewater, who is competing with junior Will Stein to be the starting quarterback this season. Safety Jermaine Reve, linebacker Brandon Golson and corner Charles Gaines all participated during spring practice and could see action as freshmen this season.
There was some concern about the academic eligibility of defensive ends Lorenzo Mauldin and B.J. Dubose. But both players are currently on campus and expected to be cleared to play this season. Dubose and Mauldin are both three-star prospects and possess the physical ability to make an immediate impact on the defensive line just like B.J. Butler did last season for the Cardinals.
In addition to Dubose, who calls Oakland Park, Fla. home, five other Florida high school stars reported to campus Monday. Miami defensive back Andrew Johnson, Fort Pierce defensive back Terrell Floyd, Port St. Joe defensive back Calvin Pryor, Miami offensive lineman John Miller and Fort Walton defensive end Deiontrez Mount arrived on campus this week.
Local products DeVante Parker, Jamon Brown, Jalen Harrington, Jerrell Moore and John Wallace have reported to campus, as have Memphis, TN offensive lineman Ryan Mack and Georgia offensive lineman Aaron Epps. Parker, a four-star receiver from Ballard H.S., is one of the highest-rated players in UofL's talented recruiting class.