The Leader Of The Class: How Victoine Brown Is Already Becoming A Fan Favorite At Louisville

In his first full recruiting class, Louisville Head Coach Scott Satterfield put an increased emphasis on targeting Georgia prospects; eight of the 25 high school signees in the 2020 class were from there state. That same phenomenon started early on in the 2021 class, as the Cardinals landed Victoine Brown of Loganville, GA back on March 20th. The three-star defensive end was the second recruit to join the class, but he has perhaps been the most important one for Louisville. Since his pledge, Brown has been the most vocal recruiter and ambassador for ‘FlyVille21’. “Being the leader of this class, honestly feels amazing,” he explained. “To even be called the leader of it, just brings excitement! It’s funny because the other guys wouldn’t agree. As you can tell, they have been trying to take my spot, but it’s all good. I want everyone to be in the spotlight of recruiting.”

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The 2021 class has a chance to go down as the best in the school’s history, but the bond extends beyond just football. “The class as a whole, I feel like we’re really close. Like I always say, we talk everyday, just building up our bond and making it stronger. So when we all get to Louisville, it’ll actually feel like we’ve known each other for awhile.. Individually, everyone has their own personality, but these dudes are some funny guys,” Brown said. However, it’s all business for this class on the field. “I want Cardnation to know that UofL is going to become a powerhouse really soon.”

Brown is the high-caliber type of recruit that will push a university toward becoming a perennial contender on the national scale. After moving down to Georgia from New York, he received eight offers between his freshman and sophomore seasons. Since then, the Grayson High School standout has seen his recruitment absolutely explode. Brown has reported around 40 total offers including Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Miami, Michigan State, Minnesota, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, USC, and many others. However, the relationship with Louisville’s staff led him to becoming a Cardinal. 

“I have a really close connection with pretty much the entire coaching staff. I talk to all of them when I get the chance,” Brown explained. “The staff definitely respected the things I wanted them to do. Me, being that I was being overwhelmed by the amount of  schools calling, texting, etc.. everyday, Louisville was the only school that actually didn’t contact me everyday because I told them that it annoys me a bunch. Also, I just love the type of vibe they gave off; it made me feel comfortable enough to make the move to commit to UofL.” Despite the pledge, Brown has received consistent interest from various schools. “All of the big SEC schools (Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, etc)  tried to get me to flip until I just recently closed my recruitment officially.”

Victoine Brown
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On the field, Brown is a natural leader; his ability to put his hand in the dirt and get after opposing quarterbacks will be a luxury for Bryan Brown’s defense. “Louisville fans better expect a ton of sacks because that’s what I’m best at (pass rushing),” he exclaimed. “I feel I’m a very calm player. When I’m on the field, my personality completely changes. But as soon as I get on the sideline, I become calm again.” The 6-foot-4, 227 lb defensive lineman’s skillset is very similar to that of former Louisville standout Lorenzo Mauldin’s; both have contagious personalities and are able to disrupt plays in the backfield due to speed, quick hands, and athleticism.

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It won’t take long for Brown to win over the hearts of the Louisville fanbase; in many ways, he already has, due to consistent recruiting measures and unwavering confidence. Louisville offers him an opportunity to give back to those who have supported his journey along the way.  “I do what I do because I want to become successful. I want to repay my family for everything they’ve ever done for me.” Brown’s high character and drive perfectly fit the type of mindset that Satterfield and company are looking for in a player. Whether it’s on or off the field, the journey for Brown is all about hard work and perseverance. 

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