By Chris Raggard
With the 2011 football season just beginning, recruiting is also beginning to ramp up into full gear. Last year Louisville’s recruiting class was one of the best, if not the best in the school’s history. Now, lets look at those players who are already committed for the 2011-2012 recruiting class.
Sid Anvoots (Indianapolis, IN/Bishop Chatard) 6’4” 285 OL
Offers: Louisville (Committed 3/25/11)
Interest: Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Michigan State, and Purdue
Rivals: 3 Star 5.5 RR C #15 and #16 Indiana
ESPN: 3 Star 76 Grade OT #112 and #14 Indiana
Scout: 3 Star OG #61
Evaluation: Anvoots is a strong and agile run blocker, who is definitely capable of dominating the competition at the major college level. Sid proved just this by dominating Kentucky commit Jon Toth and Brebeuf Jesuit in the season opener. And with the ability to play tackle, guard, and center, Anvoots is a very valuable asset to this recruiting class. But he will likely find a home at guard or center for Louisville.
Joshua Appleby (Athens, AL/East Limestone) 6’3” 230 K/P
Offers: Louisville (Committed 6/27/11) and Kentucky
Interest: Alabama, Florida, and Texas
Rivals: 2 Star 5.4 RR K #11
ESPN: 2 Star 74 Grade K #28 and #57 Alabama
Scout: 3 Star K Not Ranked (Not Evaluated Yet)
Evaluation: Appleby is an imposing athlete, who looks like he would be playing tight end. But he is a kicker and a very impressive one at that. Josh won the kickoff competition at the 2010 Kohl’s Southern Showcase football camp. Alabama scout has named Josh to their 2011 Alabama High School All-State 1st team. Appleby should come in and be able to help right away with kickoffs and punting, but don’t be shocked to see him handling all kicking duties including field goals as a freshman.
Demetrius Frazier (Brunswick, GA/Brunswick) 5’10” 175 CB/ATH
Offers: Louisville (Committed 5/21/11) and Kentucky
Interest: Clemson and North Carolina State
Rivals: ATH Not Evaluated Yet
ESPN: 2 Star 74 Grade CB #87 and #124 Alabama
Scout: 2 Star CB #130
Evaluation: Frazier at this point, is a fairly unknown CB/ATH out of Brunswick, GA. He is a quick and very active cornerback, who possesses good awareness and athleticism. Demetrius definitely has the size at 5’10” and strength, benching 230 lbs and squatting 345 lbs, which is huge for a cornerback. Coach Strong definitely sees something special in this young man, and who can blame him?
Will Gardner (Douglas, GA/Coffee County) 6’5” 210 QB
Offers: Louisville (Committed 7/11/11), Alabama, and Mississippi State
Interest: Clemson, Florida, and Georgia
Rivals: 3 Star 5.6 RR QB #29 and #51 Georgia
ESPN: 3 Star 79 Grade QB #29 and #40 Georgia
Scout: 3 Star QB #39
Evaluation: Gardner is an imposing and impressive athlete and quarterback who has the ability to be as good as any quarterback to come though Louisville. The more and more you watch this young man, the better he gets. Will has a very silky smooth delivery and great body control. Gardner definitely has the ability to be a good one, the one set back is that he tore his ACL in the season opener for Coffee County and will be out the rest of his final high school season. But don’t worry Cardinal fans, Gardner is expected to make a full recovery and should be ready to go if needed next fall.
DeAndre Herron (Avon, IN/Avon) 6’6” 315 OL
Offers: Louisville (Committed 7/12/11), Arkansas State, Ball State, Northern Illinois, Miami (OH), Southern Miss, Toledo, and Western Michigan
Interest: Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Notre Dame
Rivals: 3 Star 5.6 RR OT #39 and #12 Indiana
ESPN: 3 Star 76 Grade OT #109 and #13 Indiana
Scout: 3 Star OT #52
Evaluation: Herron is your prototypical starting left tackle in major college football. Once he gets his hands on the opponent, the ability to dominate and move them off of the line of scrimmage is definitely there. DeAndre has the size, at 6’6” and 315 to be a stalwart on the Louisville offensive line for many years to come.
Gerod Holliman (Miami, FL/Milford Academy) 6’1” 200 S
Offers: Louisville (1/8/11)
Rivals: 4 Star 5.8 RR S #4, #20 Florida, and #96 Nation 2010
ESPN: 4 Star 81 Grade S #3 and #49 Nation 2010
Scout: 4 Star S #10 in 2010
Evaluation: Many of you already know about Gerod but for those who don’t, he signed for the 2010-2011 recruiting class. But because of a missing core class, Gerod was forced to go to Milford Academy in New York to get his grades in order. He has said that he will be in Louisville for the spring semester, and this is especially good news and we all look forward to seeing this young man on the field for the Cardinals next season.
Kevin Houchins (Lyndhurst, OH/Brush) 5’11” 175 CB
Offers: Louisville (Committed 6/20/11), Akron, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Miami (OH), Ohio, and Toledo
Interest: North Carolina, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Syracuse
Rivals: 3 Star 5.5 RR CB
ESPN: 2 Star 74 Grade CB #86 and #84 Ohio
Scout: 3 Star CB #60
Evaluation: Houchins is a very polished cornerback, with well rounded ability. Shows the ability to be versatile in both run and pass support. Kevin’s size is more than adequate for a cornerback and also has great length. Houchins should be a red shirt candidate, along with Frazier and a few others but will definitely be difference makers before their time is up in Louisville.
Patrick Jean (Port. St. Lucie/Treasure Coast) 6’3” 200 OLB
Offers: Louisville (Committed 9/1/11), Cincinnati, Kansas, Purdue, Rutgers, and South Florida
Interest: Alabama, Georgia, Michigan State, and South Carolina
Rivals: 3 Star 5.6 RR OLB
ESPN: 3 Star 78 Grade OLB #50 and #72 Florida
Scout: 2 Star OLB NR (Not Evaluated Yet)
Evaluation: Jean is Louisville’s latest commit and a big time athlete who has a long and lean frame who has the ability to feel out with about 40 more lbs and still be a fast and athletic outside linebacker or pass rush defensive end. Patrick continues the Treasure Coast pipeline for the Cardinals and Coach Strong, with OLB Deon Rogers in 2009-2010 and C Mike Romano in 2010-2011. Jean will definitely be a difference maker for the Louisville defense, but sooner rather than later wouldn’t surprise anyone.
Larry Jefferson (College Park, GA/Banneker) 6’5” 220 OLB/TE
Offers: Louisville (Committed 4/13/11), Auburn, California, Georgia, Illinois, North Carolina, Southern Miss, and Virginia Tech
Interest: Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, and Mississippi
Rivals: 3 Star 5.7 RR DE and #38 Georgia
ESPN: 3 Star 77 Grade OLB #79 and #76 Georgia
Scout: 3 Star OLB #38
Evaluation: Jefferson is a big time get for this recruiting class due to his size and mobility. Larry is expected to play tight end for the Cardinals when he gets on campus and with his size, will have an immediate impact on the passing game by stretching the middle of the field. Whether he plays on offense or defense, Jefferson is a definite difference maker and will see plenty of playing time as a freshman.
T.C. Klusman (Cincinnati, OH/Elder) 6’4” 270 OL
Offers: Louisville (Committed 6/11/11), North Carolina State, and Pittsburgh
Interest: Cincinnati, Northwestern, and Virginia
Rivals: 3 Star 5.6 RR OT #71 and #40 Ohio
ESPN: 3 Star 78 Grade OG #31 and #25 Ohio
Scout: 2 Star OG #136
Evaluation: Klusman is a big time talent who is currently playing left tackle in high school, but is expected to move to guard for the Cardinals. T.C. is a very good technical player who has the ability to dominate opponents, but will need to add bulk and improve his strength. This will be easy once Klusman gets on campus and starts to work with Strength and Conditioning Coach Pat Moorer. All in all, this years offensive line class is a definite upgrade in talent and they will all be difference makers in the future.
Joe Manley (Bowling Green, KY/Bowling Green) 6’6” 310 OL
Offers: Louisville (Committed 7/13/11), Illinois, Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Western Kentucky
Interest: Cincinnati, Georgia, Indiana, Mississippi State, and Notre Dame
Rivals: 3 Star 5.5 RR OT and #5 Kentucky
ESPN: 2 Star #74 Grade OG #91 and #13 Kentucky
Scout: 2 Star OG #114
Evaluation: Manley is currently Louisville’s only in-state commit and a rather big one at that. Joe is often listed anywhere from 6’5” to 6’7”, but either way you look at it he is one large man. Joe has the upper body strength to be a inside run blocker and will more than likely be a guard for the Cardinals. Manley needs to work on loosening up his lower body and conditioning, but again with S&C Coach Pat Moorer this will not be a problem.
Devontre Parnell (Winnsboro, SC/Fairfield Central) 5’11” 170 CB
Offers: Louisville (Committed 7/13/11), East Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest
Interest: Clemson, Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, Penn State, South Carolina, and Tennessee
Rivals: 4 Star 5.8 RR CB #21 and #6 South Carolina
ESPN: 4 Star 79 Grade CB #19 and #8 South Carolina
Scout: 3 Star CB #66
Evaluation: Parnell has an amazing spring evaluation period and had many coaches after him for his pledge to their school, but in the end he chose Louisville. Devontre is considered a fast and explosive cornerback who can make plays out on the perimeter. Plays with instinct and possesses great awareness with the ball in the air. Parnell had a bit of a scare with his knee, and the possibility that he tore his ACL. But it turned out to not be that severe and Parnell has already returned to play for Fairfield Central.
Daqual Randall (Miami, FL/Palmetto) 6’0” 230 MLB
Offers: Louisville (Committed 7/25/11), Indiana, Iowa State, Purdue, and Rutgers
Interest: Arkansas, Clemson, Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and South Florida
Rivals: 3 Star 5.6 RR MLB #26
ESPN: 3 Star 76 Grade MLB #37 and #143 Florida
Scout: 2 Star OLB #133
Evaluation: Daqual is a big time run stopper in the middle at linebacker who shows flashes of ability to play in space. Randall has the prototypical size and athleticism to be a big time inside linebacker against major competition. Does need to add some bulk (Pat Moorer), but has all the ability in the world and should be able to play immediately if needed.
Brandon Snell (Miami, FL/Carol City) 5’11” 175 WR
Offers: Louisville (Committed 5/19/2011), Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt
Interest: Auburn, Florida, Miami (FL), North Carolina, and South Florida
Rivals: 3 Star 5.6 RR WR #95
ESPN: 3 Star 78 Grade WR #76 and #97 Florida
Scout: 3 Star WR #143
Evaluation: Snell is a very reliable and quick wide receiver who is also quite productive. Brandon has a future as a very effective slot receiver, but also could line up outside and run past a corner as well. When you see videos of Brandon, the first person who comes to mind is Harry Douglas and if he can be half as good a Harry, then he will be very effective in the Cardinal passing game.