Louisville Football continues its hot streak on the recruiting trail. This weekend, the recruiting period opened and the staff had a huge list of excellent visitors. The Cards were able to land a commitment from 2023 3 Star FL CB Rayquan Adkins.
Adkins is a 5’11 155 lbs CB from Hialeah, FL and plays for Dade Christian School. He has offers from Miami, Pittsburgh, and Georgia Tech, among others. 247sports has him ranked as the 70th best at his position in the 2023 class. For Dade Christian last season, Adkins was a terror in the defensive backfield. He had 9 interceptions, 18 pass breakups, and 26 total tackles.
Adkins is a corner that can flourish in a scheme that uses multiple types of coverage. He can be effective in zone, man, and man-press coverage. He’s got excellent hands and a great catch radius for his size. His speed makes him a threat for pick-sixes. It’s also nice to note that he’s a CB that can help out against the run. He’s not afraid to get up around the line of scrimmage and tackle a RB. His tackles are fundamental yet he brings some power when delivering them. The aspect I like most about Adkins is that he has a nose for the football. Wherever he is, he is able to keep eyes on the QB and his assignment. He trusts his eyes and isn’t afraid to jump routes or leave his man to make a pass breakup interception. When he is in man-coverage, he’s able to flip his hips quickly to change directions and stay with his assignment making any one-read throw his way extremely difficult. I do like that Adkins is very physical. He plays bigger than his size. Standing only 5’11, he plays more like a 6’2 CB as he can really disrupt routes at the line of scrimmage and can go up over bigger receivers for interceptions.
The only drawback to his style of play is he may be susceptible to a QB who uses his eyes to manipulate defenses. Because he relies quite a bit on reading the QB, he could be prone to double moves. However, he has excellent closing speed and he’s very good at not relying completely on reading a QB’s eyes. So, I don’t see that being an issue.
The 2023 class keeps getting better. Rayquan Adkins is the type of talent that can really become a difference-maker for a team once he learns the college game. He will be a reliable coverage man that will get his share of interceptions at his floor and could be a true shutdown corner at his ceiling. 2023 is definitely shaping up to be one of the best classes in UofL history.
UofL’s class is ranked 13th nationally and 2nd in the ACC at this point. The staff is far from done. There are still some elite targets they are in good with that will elevate the class if they were to land them. The class so far is as good as we have seen in a long time and should only continue to get better.