2016 Louisville Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Louisville Recruiting Class: Louisville hung tough in the mix for several big-time prospects, and while it wasn’t able to land many of the superstars, the coaching staff came through with a decent season.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Louisville Recruiting Class: Louisville hung tough in the mix for several big-time prospects, and while it wasn’t able to land many of the superstars, the coaching staff came through with a decent season.


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    Louisville Football Recruiting Class Overview

    It’s good enough. It’s not special in the Florida State/Clemson world, but it’s a good haul for Louisville with the defense getting a few important parts for the secondary, P Austin Johnson a need get for the depleted kicking game. The overall star power is missing, but there are plenty of solid players the big boys wanted to make this a solid class in a few years.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Defensive backs. There were some nice talents coming in at linebacker, defensive tackle, and quarterback, but the secondary is getting the boost starting with very big, very talented JUCO transfer Ronald Walker for one spot – possibly corner – and with P.J. Blue a big thumper who should eventually shine at safety. Jaquelle Green and LaMarques Thomas are terrific safety prospects taken out of Mississippi.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    QB Jawon Pass, 6-5, 211 – Who doesn’t want a quarterback named Pass? The big, talented passer had Alabama and Auburn each fighting for him, with Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, and a slew of other big names coming up with offers, but he’s Bobby Petrino’s guy in the near future. He needs plenty of refinement, but he’s got the size, skills and the look to become special in three years.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Defensive end. The offense has the potential to be unstoppable at times with ten starters back, and the defensive back eight should be terrific with enough experience returning to be strong, but there are two problems. The kicking game loses PK John Wallace and P Joshua Appleby, and the starting defensive ends have to be replaced. Sheldon Rankins is more of a tackle than an end, but no matter where he plays – as the NFL types are figuring out – he’s a factor.

    2016 Louisville Football Recruiting Class

    Robbie Bell OL 6-5 285 Hoschton, Ga. (Mill Creek)
    P.J. Blue DB 6-3 210 Jemison, Ala. (Park Crossing)
    Mike Boykin DL 6-6 255 Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)
    Austin Cummins TE 6-5 230 Stevenson, Ala. (North Jackson)
    Seth Dawkins WR 6-3 205 Columbus, Ohio (Franklin Heights)
    Derek Dorsey DL 6-3 275 Louisville, Ky. (Manual)
    Dez Fitzpatrick WR 6-2 195Farmington Hills, Mich. (Waterford Mott)
    London Iakopo DB 6-0 212 Santa Ana, Calif. (Long Beach CC)
    Austin Johnson P 6-2 195 Louisville, Ky. (DeSales)
    Tobias Little LB 6-0 234 Atlanta, Ga. (Mays)
    Gary McCrae LB 6-4 220 Cuthbert, Ga. (Randolph Clay)
    Jawon Pass QB 6-4 214 Columbus, Ga, (Carver)
    Tabarius Peterson LB 6-3 242 Tucker, Ga. (Tucker)
    Malik Staples RB 6-1 205 Suwanee, Ga. (Peachtree Ridge)
    Chris Taylor-YamanohaWR 6-2 185 Rohnert Park, Calif. (Rancho Cotate)
    Lamarques Thomas DB 6-0 183 Clinton, Miss. (Clinton)
    Caleb Tillman DL 6-3 274 Dothan, Ala. (Northview)
    Keion Wakefield WR 5-10 170 Louisville, Ky. (Male)
    Dae Williams RB 6-2 236 Sapulpa, Okla. (Sapulpa)
    Malik Williams ATH 6-3 220 Wilson, N.C. (Alan HancockCollege)

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