Don’t look now, but Scott Satterfield and the Louisville football program are currently the hottest thing in college football recruiting. I am 100 percent not joking.
On Monday, the Cardinals landed a borderline five-star recruit to give the football program a pair of top-100 recruits in their 2023 class.
Rueben Owens is the No. 33 prospect in the 2023 class, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. The 5-foot-11 tailback is currently the No. 2 player at his position, and the near five-star prospect is committed to Louisville.
Los Alamitos (Calif.) High wideout DeAndre Moore Jr. is the No. 56 prospect in the 2023 class. Both Moore and Owens will combined to give the Cardinals some major star power at the skill talent positions.
Louisville currently has 10 verbal commitments in the class with just one player from Kentucky. Led by four-star quarterback Pierce Clarkson, UofL has five players committed from Metro Los Angeles to go along with two players from Georgia and now one from Texas. Louisville (Ky.) Male cornerback Jeremiah Collins is currently the only in-state recruit committed to the Cardinals, and there is not much buzz surrounding other local products for the city school.
However, the buzz nationally is palpable as this class climbed into the national top-10 with the newest commitment. With an average star rating of 89.92, this group would’ve finished No. 14 overall last year behind only North Carolina in the ACC. Meanwhile, Louisville finished No. 50 overall in average star rating in the class of 2022 and has never finished higher than No. 47 in four recruiting classes with Satterfield running the ship.
That is 100 percent changing in the class of 2023.
Thanks to the connection with Steve Clarkson combined with the new NIL benefits, some new doors on the recruiting trail appear to be open for the Louisville Cardinals. The ACC program does not have a line of scrimmage player in the class yet, but Louisville appears to be a legit player in the recruitment of top-150 offensive lineman Madden Sanker. Things do not appear to be slowing down.
However, it is only June as the December signing day is six months away. Games must still be played this fall. Originally, Owens had planned to take official visits to both Texas and Texas A&M during the season. Those could still happen, and the blue-chip prospects in Louisville’s class will be pursued by brand-name programs over these next few months.
But that doesn’t matter right now. Currently, Scott Satterfield has gone from the hot seat to the penthouse in just a few months. No one at Louisville currently cares about his 18-19 overall record in the Power Five or the fact that his teams have been totally bludgeoned by Kentucky in both Governor’s Cup meetings. Right now the Cardinals look like a team of the future, and the coaching staff is selling that hard.
I’m not sure anyone in college football is having a better offseason than Louisville. But things can change quickly in this sport.