Despite having to hurdle obstacles brought forth by the coronavirus, the Louisville coaching staff has put together quite an impressive 2021 football recruiting class. With two spots left, Scott Satterfield and company will take their time and watch things unfold over the next couple of months. The successful summer has also given them the opportunity to begin establishing connections with prospects from the 2022 cycle. The Cardinal staff will look to keep the momentum going as they look to take the program to the next level.
In the past couple of weeks, Louisville has expressed interest in a number of highly-rated recruits, one of them being Xavier Simmons. The four-star inside linebacker is ranked as the 170th-best prospect in the country (247Sports), and has seen his recruitment begin to blow up. The Greensboro, NC native currently holds offers from North Carolina, Duke, Virginia Tech, South Carolina, Maryland, NC State, Howard, East Carolina, and Coastal Carolina.
The Cardinals have yet to offer Simmons, but there is mutual interest between the two parties. “I haven’t talked to the (Louisville) coaching staff yet, but they have sent me some edits and asked for some information to get to know me better,” he explained. “It would be great to receive an offer from Louisville. I’m very interested in the program and would love to have a chance to get to learn more about the staff and the school.”
Despite contact being in the early stages, Simmons is already familiar with Louisville’s recent successes. “I believe Louisville has a bright future under Coach Satterfield. They have also had some great NFL athletes come through the program recently,” he added.
Currently, Simmons is just taking his time, getting to know coaching staffs, and enjoying the recruiting process. As a result, there is no timetable for any decisions; not to mention, recruiting across the country is still suffering from the effects of the COVID restrictions. For the 6-foot-3, 210 lb junior, schoolwork and training are the top focuses.
Satterfield and the staff have deep ties in the state of North Carolina and I expect the highly-rated linebacker to land a Louisville offer soon. With ample playing time set to be available, the Cardinals will likely look to add a couple of players at the position.