The 2021 Louisville Football recruiting class is almost full after the coaching staff had a very successful past couple of months. With only a few spots remaining, Scott Satterfield and company have turned their attention to a handful of notable prospects. More names keep popping up in the conversation, but one will remain until the very end. The staff has made four-star linebacker Prince Kollie a top priority; the Jonesborough, TN native is perhaps the top prospect on the board for Louisville and the Cardinals have been pursuing him for quite some time. A true game-changer, Kollie represents a possible ‘crown jewel’ for the Cards, and the interest is mutual from both sides; he ranks as the 231st-best prospect in the 2021 class and the 16th-best at his position (247Sports).
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Back on June 24th, Kollie cut his list to five schools: Louisville, Notre Dame, LSU, Georgia, and Oklahoma. The rumors have been flying, with a handful of schools rumored to be the respective favorite. However, Kollie was quick to rebut those sentiments. “No sir, not exactly,” he explained when discussing if any of the teams were in the lead. “These are the five schools that I believe can improve not only on the field, but off the field as well, and I can reach my maximum potential as an athlete and a young man.” It is for certain that Louisville is very much in the mix, and Kollie is extremely high on the Cardinals. “I have very serious interest in Louisville,” he said. “I love the way the coaches have turned it around and started winning along with the like-minded commits they have coming in.” Satterfield and his staff have done a tremendous job making him feel like a priority, and it has done wonders. “I have talked with all of them, but Coach Derek Nicholson and I talk everyday; our relationship is great!”
Currently, there is no timeline for a commitment as Kollie will continue to meticulously weigh his options. “I am taking the process slow,” he said. “I’m not in a hurry to make any decision and I just want to fully understand each program.” Kollie is aiming to take his official visits, but he is prepared to make a commitment regardless. “I would definitely like to see the campuses before making a decision, but I don’t think it is a deciding factor,” he added.
The coronavirus has affected football recruiting drastically over the past couple months, and like many other recruits, Kollie has seen a decrease in exposure. “I wasn’t too happy to hear that I couldn’t go to camps, and visits more specifically,” he recalled. “It has really just been unfortunate.” Despite the setbacks, Kollie has no trouble staying focused and gearing towards football in the future. “I still practice as if we will have the season and workout the same way too so nothing has changed there. God has helped me through this whole COVID-19 thing and has kept me humble and grounded.” Kollie is a sideline-to-sideline athlete that excels in exploding into opposing backfields and hitting with extreme power. The 6-foot-1, 200 lbs outside linebacker will compete for playing time immediately regardless of where he ends up, and his versatility and passion will both serve as luxuries for a respective team.