It’s signing day for NCAA Division 1 Football! Basically, it’s Christmas for football fans all around the country. Here in Louisville, our Cards are expected to sign 21 of their 22 commits today. As each commit signs and is officially minted as a Card, we will update our list.
3 Star CB Kani Walker
From Douglas County HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @KaniWalker_!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
A 2x team captain who has grabbed 4 INTs & forced 2 fumbles, chose the Ville because the coaches & fan base are phenomenal.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/5peLEo3F1t
- Hometown: Douglasville, GA
- National Rank: 829th
- Position Rank: 70th
Kani Walker, the 6’2 physical lockdown cornerback was the first member of the #FlyVille21 class to sign his LOI. Walker committed to Louisville on June 17th, 2020.
4 Star RB Trevion Cooley
- Hometown: Knightdale, NC
- National Rank: 363rd
- Position Rank: 17th
Trevion Cooley is the second player in the #FlyVille21 class to sign his LOI. The 5’11 4* RB out of North Carolina committed to Louisville June 8th, 2020.
3 Star DE Victoine Brown
From Grayson HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @BrownVictoine!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
A force off the edge who is considered among the best in the state of Georgia & can’t wait to touch down in Louisville.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/aSzANwCozF
- Hometown: Loganville, GA
- National Rank: 495th
- Position Rank: 31st
Victoine Brown, one of the more vocal leaders of the #FlyVille21 class, is the 3rd player to sign his LOI for the University of Louisville. The 6’4 DE out of Georgia, who is considered one of the leader of this year’s class committed to Louisville on March 20th, 2020.
3 Star NT Caleb Banks
From Southfield A&T to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @Cbanks22_!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
A 2020 SI All-American Candidate who has tallied 42 tackles, 12 TFLs & 3 sacks who can’t wait to get started.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/4ngtsJNSxQ
- Hometown: Southfield, MI
- National Rank: 967th
- Position Rank: 59th
Caleb Banks becomes the latest member of the #FlyVille21 class to sign his LOI with Louisville. Banks is a 6’6 NT out of Southfield, MI. Banks committed to Louisville on October 31st, 2020.
3 Star LB Jackson Hamilton
From Blessed Trinity Catholic HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @Jackson_Ham1!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
An All-State selection, team captain and member of the honor roll, he’s totaled 41 tackles, 2 sacks & 3 forced fumbles this season.
#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/WCAmbsFNsy
- Hometown: Roswell, GA
- National Rank: 859th
- Position Rank: 38th
Jackson Hamilton has signed his LOI to play for the University of Louisville. The 6’1 205 LB out of Georgia was a huge pick up for Louisville when he commented to Louisville on June 23rd, 2020.
3 Star CB Rance Conner
From Booker T. Washington HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @HumbleRance03!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This all-county selection & state champion can’t wait to get started as he brings his winning mentality & leadership to The Ville.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/G3M8xVbfUn
- Hometown: Miami, FL
- National Rank: 902nd
- Position Rank: 81st
Rance Conner JR becomes the latest member of the #FlyVille21 class to sign his LOI to play for the University of Louisville. Rance is a 5’10 tough corner coming out a the talent rich school of Booker T. Washington in Miami, Florida. Conner committed to Louisville on May 22nd, 2020.
3 Star CB Derrick Edwards
From Miami Palmetto HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @7derrickedwards!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This 2x team captain boasts 101 career tackles, 5 interceptions & brings a winning, positive mentality.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/I1hofAOian
- Hometown: Cocoa, FL
- National Rank: 1123rd
- Position Rank: 99th
Derrick Edwards is now officially a Card! The 5’11 175 lbs DB lined up at both corner and safety for his high school, but will likely play corner at Louisville. He’s a very smart, fundamentally sound player with tons of upside. He committed to UofL on June 17th, 2020.
3 Star DE RJ Sorensen
From St. Thomas Aquinas HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @rjsorensen13!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This standout on the defensive front is super excited to be part of the Louisville family.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/0Gzuw0cL5k
- Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
- National Rank: 1131st
- Position Rank: 67th
Sorensen is has inked his LOI and is officially a Card! The 6’4 DE is known for his strength and ability to be a run stopper and QB harasser. He committed to UofL on May 19th, 2020.
3 Star DE Ashton Gillotte
- Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
- National Rank: 1278th
- Position Rank: 72nd
Gillotte is signed, sealed, and delivered! This Card hails from FL and is a DE that should grow into a pass rusher supreme. He originally committed to UofL on May 17th, 2020.
Commitment Story: Another One Joins The Flock As Cards Add 2021 3 Star DE Ashton Gillotte
3 Star OL Michael Gonzalez
- Hometown: Monroe, NC
- National Rank: 715th
- Position Rank: 36th
The big 6’4 280 lbs OL Michael Gonzalez is officially a Card! His LOI is in and now he looks to come to UofL and be a bull dozer steaming through defensive linemen. Gonzalez committed to UofL on June 18th, 2020.
3 Star S Bralyn Oliver
- Hometown: Cornelius, NC
- National Rank: 545th
- Position Rank: 41st
Oliver made it official and is now a Card! The S is very versatile and can be a ball hawk or a in-the-box type S. Oliver originally committed to UofL on April 24th, 2020.
3 Star LB Jaylin Alderman
From Valdosta HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @jaylin_alderman!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This 2x team captain, 2x all-conference & 2x all-state selection is bringing a tough, hardworking attitude.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/gSRy9YcFTe
- Hometown: Valdosta, GA
- National Rank: 1295th
- Position Rank: 57th
Alderman signed his LOI and has joined the flock. A down hill, attacking LB, Alderman is a run stopping specialist that hits with a vengeance. He originally committed to UofL on June 13th, 2020.
Commitment Story: Louisville Looks To Linebacking Corps With Latest Commit Jaylin Alderman
3 Star WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce
From Dillon HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @ahmari_huggins!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
One of the top recruits out of South Carolina, he’s racked up over 2000 receiving yards, 26 TDs & can’t wait to get started!#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/qmyppAONf7
- Hometown: Dillon, SC
- National Rank: 593rd
- Position Rank: 94th
Huggins-Bruce is signed up and a member of the flock! Ahmari is a speedy, quick WR that should be a home run hitter in the passing game for the Cards. He originally committed to UofL on July 2nd, 2020.
3 Star OL Aaron Gunn
- Hometown: New Castle, PA
- National Rank: 782nd
- Position Rank: 38th
Gunn made it official by inking his LOI. The 6’3 308 lbs OL is an adept run and pass blocker that will help pave the way for guys like Trevion Cooley and Jalen Mitchell. He originally committed to UofL on March 17th, 2020 and was the first commit of FlyVille21
Commitment Story: Louisville Football Lands First Commitment For 2021 In Aaron Gunn
3 Star TE Vic Mullen
- Hometown: Ottawa, IL
- National Rank: 788th
- Position Rank: 39th
Mullen signed his LOI and is an official member of the red and black. A big 6’6 230 lbs TE, Mullen is a big target in the passing game over the middle and a big blocker in the run game. In other words, he fits perfectly in Coach Satt’s system. Mullen originally committed to UofL on May 5th, 2020.
Commitment Story: Louisville Football Adds 3 Star TE Victor Mullen To 2021 Class
3 Star WR Demetrius Cannon
From Trinity Catholic HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @Ys_Meechie2x!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
One of the top recruits from the state of Missouri who brings a great attitude & gives 100% every time he touches the field.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/dThItQ6k9u
- Hometown: St Louis, MO
- National Rank: 615th
- Position Rank: 97th
Cannon made it official and signed his LOI! The new Cards WR is 6’3 and is in the mold of former Cards receivers like Seth Dawkins and Devante Parker. He’s a guy that will go up and get the football with his size and athleticism. He originally committed to UofL on June 22nd, 2020.
Commitment Story: Louisville Football Lands Big Time 2021 MO WR Demetrius Cannon
3 Star QB TJ Lewis
- Hometown: Brunswick, GA
- National Rank: 1025th
- Position Rank: 35th
Lewis made it official and is part of the flock. The 6’4 dual threat QB is athletic, running QB that has shown he throws a beautiful ball with nice touch. He will join Malik and Evan in the QB room, Lewis originally committed to UofL on August 1st, 2020.
4 Star S Benjamin Perry
From Mount Carmel HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @perry_ben10!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This 4 ⭐️ prospect & Under Armour All-American grabbed a state record 9 INTs during his junior season brings with him a hard working, positive attitude.
#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/KKm3y7yBQe
- Hometown: Chicago, IL
- National Rank: 356th
- Position Rank: 25th
Perry inked the LOI and is officially a member of the flock. The 6’3 S has definite NFL potential with his combination of size, speed, and playmaking ability. He will have a chance for significant playing time from day 1. Perry originally committed to UofL on May 10th, 2020.
Commitment Story: Louisville Football Lands 2021 3 Star IL S Benjamin Perry
3 Star DE Ryheem Craig
From Alexander Central HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @CraigRyheem!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This two-sport athlete earned all-conference honors during his junior season as he totaled 89 tackles, 21.5 TFLs & 10.5 sacks.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/Y3FmHNlOqJ
- Hometown: Taylorsville, NC
- National Rank: 1495th
- Position Rank: 82nd
Craig made it official by inking his LOI and joins the flock. He’s a long, athletic DE prospect that uses his speed to rush the passer. Craig originally committed to UofL on May 14th, 2020.
Commitment Story: Louisville Football Adds 2021 3 Star DE Ryheem Craig
3 Star TE Christian Pedersen
From Junipero Serra to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @ChristianPed87!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This state champion, who’s bringing his Cali swag to the Ville, averaged 14 yds per catch & had 2 TDs in his junior season.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/SIcb5qan1k
- Hometown: San Mateo, CA
- National Rank: 1033rd
- Position Rank: 54th
Pedersen has inked his LOI and becomes the second TE in the class. Pedersen is a definite threat in the passing game, especially over the middle. He also will help in run blocking and should be able to help give the edge to our RBs in our outside zone running game. Pedersen originally committed to UofL on July 19th, 2020.
3 Star S TJ Quinn
From Lowndes HS to 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗩𝗶𝗹𝗹𝗲, welcome @tjquinn0415!— Louisville Football (@UofLFootball) December 16, 2020
This three-sport athlete & Cardinal legacy totaled 120 tackles, 12 PBUs, 2 TFLs & 3 INTs during his high school career.#FlyVille21 x #NSD21 pic.twitter.com/kQ8SZp7Dut
- Hometown: Valdosta, GA
- National Rank: 984th
- Position Rank: 78th
Quinn is a legacy recruit that will officially follow in his father’s footsteps at Louisville as he signs his LOI. He is a hard-hitting S that can cover and cut down RBs in the box. He originally committed to UofL on June 18th, 2020.
Below, you can read UofL’s official press release announcing the 21 member FlyVille21 class.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISVILLE ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT:
Louisville Football Adds 21 to Signing Class
The Cardinals added 13 defensive recruits and eight offensive players.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 16, 2020
LOUISVILLE, Ky – University of Louisville head football coach Scott Satterfield announced the signing of 21 players to the 2021 signing class, with 10 student-athletes enrolling in January.
The group includes 13 defensive players, which features six defensive linemen and six defensive backs. The offensive side features eight players, including two wide receivers, offensive linemen, and tight ends.
In total, nine states are represented, with Georgia leading the way with six signees and Florida with four.
The class is headlined by a four-star prospect in safetyBenjamin Perry, who hails from Country Hills, Ill. The 6-foot-2, 170-pounder guided Mount Carmel to the CCL championship. His team finished 14-0 and was crowned Illinois state champions. Earning second team all-conference accolades, Perry finished with 75 tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 1.0 sack last season.
The Cardinals added two safeties in the class in Bralyn Oliverand T.J. Quinn — a pair of three-star prospects, and two Miami, Fla., cornerbacks in Rance Conner and Derrick Edwards. Kani Walker of Suwanee, Ga., was the last of the secondary recruits. Conner recorded seven career interceptions, while Edwards added 101 career tackles and five interceptions. Walker ended his final season with four interceptions at Douglas County High.
Running back Trevion Cooley from Knightdale, N.C., and defensive end Victoine Brown are two of the next highly-rated players in the signing class. Cooley, whose senior season was moved to the spring, rushed 98 times for 959 yards and 14 touchdowns in seven games as a junior. He’s one of the 10 student-athletes who will enroll in January. Brown is a fierce pass rusher from Loganville, Ga., who recorded 7.5 sacks last season.
Satterfield addressed a need on the defensive line by signing four others at that position. Defensive tackle Caleb Banks from Southfield, Mich., while the Cards inked three defensive ends inRyheem Craig from Taylorsville, N.C., Ashton Gillotte from Boca Raton, Fla., and R.J. Sorensen from Boyton Beach, Fla.
The Cardinals added a pair of explosive wide receivers inDemetrius Cannon and Ahmari Huggins-Bruce. Cannon, a native of St. Louis, Mo., recorded 25 catches for 480 yards and four touchdowns during his career. A native of Dillon, S.C., Huggins-Bruce concluded his career with 102 receptions for 1,927 yards and 23 touchdowns.
Michael Gonzalez and Aaron Gunn are two highly sought after linemen. Gonzalez, a native of North Carolina, was considered the top linemen in the Charlotte Metro Area, while Gunn earned the Bill Fralic Award, which is given to the best lineman in the WPIAL.
T.J. Lewis was the lone quarterback addition to the class. A dual-threat athlete, Lewis was named Class 6-A, Region 2 Player of the Year in Georgia after his stellar senior season. He finished the year with 1,850 yards of total offense and accounted for 21 touchdowns.
The offense added a pair of tight ends in Christian Pederson and Victor Mullen. A product of Burlingame, Calif., Pederson had his senior season canceled due to COVID-19, but garnered a lot of attention during the recruiting process. Mullen also had his senior season cut, but averaged 22.0 yards per catch and registered four touchdowns during his junior season.
Jaylin Alderman from Valdosta, Ga., and Jackson Hamilton from Woodstock, Ga., are a pair of linebacker signings that will help bolster the defense in 2021. Alderman was named the team’s Most Valuable Defensive Player, and Hamilton was a three-time state champion at Trinity Catholic.
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Exp. Hometown/Previous School
Jaylin Alderman LB 6-1 211 Fr. Valdosta, Ga./Valdosta
Caleb Banks DL 6-7 265 Fr. Southfield, Mich./Southfield A&T
Victoine Brown II DL 6-4 228 Fr. Loganville, Ga./Grayson
*Demetrius Cannon WR 6-3 206 Fr. St. Louis, Mo./Trinity Catholic
Rance Conner Jr CB 5-10 178 Fr. Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington
*Trevion Cooley RB 5-10 200 Fr. Knightdale, N.C/Knightdale
Ryheem Craig DL 6-3 210 Fr. Taylorsville, N.C./Alexander Central
*Derrick Edwards III CB 5-10 169 Fr. Miami, Fla./Miami Palmetto
*Ashton Gillotte DL 6-2 212 Fr. Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton
*Michael Gonzalez OL 6-4 291 Fr. Indian Trail, N.C./Sun Valley
Aaron Gunn OL 6-4 305 Fr. Newcastle, Pa./Union Area
Jackson Hamilton LB 6-0 202 Fr. Woodstock, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic
*Ahmari Huggins-Bruce WR 5-10 159 Fr. Dillon, S.C./Dillon
T.J. Lewis QB 6-3 170 Fr. Brunswick, Ga./Glynn Academy
Victor Mullen TE 6-7 249 Fr. Ottawa, Ill./Marquette Academy
*Bralyn Oliver S 6-2 192 Fr. Belton, S.C./Hough
Christian Pedersen TE 6-3 230 Fr. Burlingame, Calif./Junipero Serra
*Benjamin Perry S 6-2 170 Fr. Country Club Hills, Ill./Hillcrest
*T.J. Quinn S 6-0 205 Fr. Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes
RJ Sorensen DL 6-3 242 Fr. Boyton Beach, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
*Kani Walker CB 6-1 175 Fr. Suwanee, Ga./Douglas County