The 2021 recruiting class for the Louisville football program has exceeded expectations in terms of quality; ‘FlyVille21′ has the opportunity to drastically alter the trajectory of the Cardinals’ success. Despite the class not being finalized, head coach Scott Satterfield and company have already turned their attention to establishing relationships within the 2022 cycle. The staff has proven the ability to recruit all throughout the eastern half of the United States, but the primary attention will be set on in-state products in 2022.
The top-ten 2022 football prospects are all rated in the top-600 nationally, according to the 247Sports Composite. In a narrower scope, the city of Louisville itself contains a handful of standout players, with Louisville Male High School’s Selah Brown headlining the group. The 6-foot-2, 270lb athlete plays all over the defensive line for the Bulldogs, and will likely utilize his versatility at the next level as well.
Brown’s recruitment has blown up over the past year, and the Cardinals have been leading the charge. Fortunately for Louisville, he has been to many games over the years and even grew up a fan of the hometown team. “An offer from Louisville means a lot to me,” Brown explained. “Just to know that I have the opportunity to choose between staying home or going away is great. I grew up a Louisville fan and it’s just crazy to have that as an option for college.”
On top of the program familiarity, Brown has also established solid relationships with the coaching staff as well. “Coach (Mark) Ivey and I are really close, as well as Coach (Cort) Dennison. Those are my guys, and they’ve never failed to not give me a great time on every visit I’ve taken to UofL,” he said. “They preach the same thing every visit I go on, so that makes me feel more comfortable because they mean what they say when they are trying to create a brotherhood foundation for the program.”
The hometown standout has been identified as one of the top prospects, if not the top prospect, for the Cardinals in the 2022 class. That sentiment is an honor for Brown, but also a reminder to stay focused and driven. “That means a lot to me,” he added. “It just lets me know that I need to be on my A-game all the time, and that not only do they (Louisville coaching staff) have eyes on me, but every other college coach in America does too.”
The multi-sport athlete is ranked as the 296th-best prospect nationally, and the third-best in the state of Kentucky (247Sports Composite). His other notable offers include Kentucky, Tennessee, Purdue, West Virginia, Missouri, Stanford, and Howard. In terms of decisions, Brown is taking his time and enjoying the process. “I honestly don’t know (decision timeline),” he said. “I’m happy with all eight offers as of right now and will have more in the future to choose from.”
Brown’s focus is currently on the the 2020 campaign for Male, which has posed its own respective challenges in regards to the coronavirus. “We lost our whole normal summer practice,” he explained. “We didn’t get to have our summer camp to install and go over a lot of things which made us fall behind automatically.”
Regardless of the season’s status, Brown will remain a top target for the Cards, as defensive line is a position of need. What Louisville can offer him, is the opportunity of early playing time, that may not be available at other top schools.