Live updates: Louisville football’s 2021 early signing period

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The Louisville football program is set to bring in a host of new class of 2021 recruits into the program.

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, the Louisville football coaching staff will welcome in a lot of new recruits that are ready to work to the program.

Scott Satterfield and staff are likely to add 20 or more players in the 2021 early signing period.

According to 247 Sports, the Cardinals have 22 commits in their class as of right now that puts them at No. 32 in the class rankings nationally and No. 7 in the ACC.

Of course, no commitment is ever official until pen is put to paper. That is what will officially occur in this early signing period. Signing day is usually a day full of drama and anticipation.

Will the 2021 signing period live up to the hype?

Follow along here for live coverage of the 2021 early signing period.

6’2″ CB Kani Walker out of Douglas County High School in Georgia is the first Class of 2021 signee. Walker is a big, lanky corner with true lockdown ability. Walker is physical at the line of scrimmage and at the catch point where he can use his length to pry the ball free from receivers consistently.

Walker is ranked as the No. 73 corner nationally and the No. 64 player in Georgia by 247 Sports.

View Walker’s highlight tape here.

RB Trevion Cooley is the next signee in. Cooley is an explosive one-cut runner with great spend and contact balance. He is going to have a chance to come in and play right away and could be the type of player to earn freshman All-American kind of hype.

Cooley is rated as the No. 132 player nationally and the No. 7 running back in the country and No. 9 in North Carolina.

View Cooley’s highlight tape from his junior season here.

DE Victoine Brown out of Georgia powerhouse Grayson is the next one up. He is developed very well for his age and may be a day-one contributor. At 6’4″, Brown brings a ton of length and the frame to add any weight he needs.

Brown is ranked as the No. 28 strong side defensive end nationally and the No. 35 ranked player in Georgia.

You can view Brown’s senior highlights here.

DT Caleb Banks is the next man up in the Cardinals class. At 6’6″ 255-pounds, Banks could play defensive end from day one. However, his primary position he was recruited for is nose tackle. Banks brings some explosiveness and even positional versatility if the experiment at nose tackle goes sideways.

Banks is rated as the No. 50 strong side defensive end and the No. 25 ranked player in Michigan.

You can view Banks’ junior season highlights here.

No. 5 in for Louisville is LB Jackson Hamilton. Hamilton is a good athlete at the position that can run with running backs. He has some versatility to play a couple of linebacker spots because of that athleticism.

He is ranked as the No. 45 inside linebacker and the No. 96 player in Georgia.

You can watch Hamilton’s junior year highlights here.

Next for the Cardinals is CB Rance Conner, another corner from a Florida high school powerhouse in Booker T Washington. He is a very smart zone coverage defender and a willing tackler despite being just 5’10”.

Conner is ranked as the No. 123 corner and No. 174 in the state of Florida.

You can watch Conner’s junior season highlights here.

The sixth signee for Louisville is DB Derrick Edwards out of Space Coast High School in Florida. Edwards played with a 5-star and 4-star defensive back while at Palmetto High School his junior year. Edwards has positional versatility to play corner or safety at the next level.

He is ranked as the No. 91 corner and the No. 112 player in Florida by 247 Sports.

You can view Edwards’ highlight tape here.

DL RJ Sorensen from Florida power St. Thomas Aquinas High School is a big, strong dude that is looking to overpower offensive linemen. Sorensen should be ready to play immediately at strong side. The staff may project him to play nose tackle with his big frame, long arms, and strong lower half strength if he can add some weight.

Sorensen is ranked as the No. 70 strong side defensive end and the No. 133 player in Florida according to 247.

You can view Sorensen’s junior season highlights at University School in Florida here.

More trench help gets added with DE Ashton Gillotte joining the fold. Gillotte played at Boca Raton High School in Florida. Gillotte is a very good athlete off of the edge that will immediately bulk the pass rushing room. Gillotte will likely be playing rush outside linebacker for the Cardinals.

He is ranked as the No. 63 weak side defensive end and No. 126 player in Florida by 247.

You can view Gillotte’s junior season highlights here.

The first offensive lineman is in for Louisville with OG Michael Gonzalez out of Sun Valley High School in North Carolina. He’s a people mover that will have to make the transition from tackle to guard in college. He has a great first step out of his stance.

He is ranked as the No. 53 offensive guard and No. 56 player in North Carolina.

You can watch Gonzalez’s highlights here.

The 11th signee for the Cardinals is S Bralyn Oliver out of William Amos Hough in North Carolina. This is a player I see as a rangy free safety that is often playing in deep zone coverage. His best ability is his ball skills and athleticism in short and long areas. He’s a natural for a deep safety position.

Oliver is ranked as the No. 60 safety nationally and the No. 42 player in North Carolina.

You can view Oliver’s junior season highlights here.

Signees continue to roll through. as LB Jaylin Alderman out of Valdosta High School in Georgia signs. He thrives as a downhill thumper that will heat seek gaps and meet runners in the hole. He has been one of the most productive players in the state of Georgia in the past two years.

He is ranked as the No. 65 inside linebacker and No. 120 player in Georgia, according to 247 Sports.

You can watch Alderman’s junior season highlights here.

WR Ahmari Huggins-Bruce out of Dillon High School in South Carolina, one of the most exciting players in Louisville’s recruiting class, officially signs. Get the ball in this kid’s hands and watch him work. There are not many in the country that are more electric with the ball in their hands. He has the makings of being a star at Louisville. He is way too underrated by recruiting sites.

Huggins-Bruce is ranked as the No. 149 receiver and the No. 14 player in South Carolina.

You can watch Huggins-Bruce’s electrifying highlight tape here.

Louisville landed another interior offensive lineman in OG Aaron Gunn from Union Area High School in Pennsylvania. Gunn is a big, strong guy that is college-ready physically. He overpowered his high school competition. He may need to shift some weight around to maximize his ability as an athlete, but the tools of a good interior offensive lineman are there.

He is ranked by 247 as the No. 42 offensive guard and the No. 23 player in Pennsylvania.

Gunn makes offensive line highlights look fun. You can watch those from his senior year here.

TE Vic Mullen joins the fold from Marquette Academy in Illinois. Mullen is going to line up and be a fantastic blocker at tight end from day one. He may not catch a lot of passes in his career, but I can almost guarantee that he will be on the field contributing huge amounts of blocking reps similar to Ean Pfeifer.

Mullen is ranked as the No. 52 tight end and the No. 26 player from Illinois, according to 247.

You have got to see some of the blocks he put on kids in high school. His junior highlights here.

Scott Satterfield has another weapon on offense with WR Demetrius “Meechie” Cannon from Trinity Catholic High School in Missouri. Cannon gives me a lot of Devante Parker vibes as a player. Maybe not as fast, but has some after-the-catch wiggle and can really go up and get the football.

He is ranked as the No. 102 receiver nationally and No. 11 player in Missouri by 147.

You can watch Cannon’s junior highlights here.

QB/ATH TJ Lewis out of Glynn Academy in Georgia is now a Louisville Cardinal. Lewis at 6’4″ is an intriguing prospect that has very good speed and athleticism for his size. But, he also has a lot of natural arm talent. He is raw as a passer, but he could certainly be developed there. Look for Lewis to come in to the program as a pure athlete that could be developed at multiple offensive positions.

Lewis is ranked as the No. 49 dual-threat quarterback and the No. 132 ranked player in Georgia.

You can view Lewis’ senior season highlights here.

One of the biggest fish in U of L’s recruiting class is S Benjamin Perry out of Mount Carmel High School in Illinois. Perry is about as squeaky clean as it gets as a prospect. May not blow anybody away with athleticism, but his technique and instincts on the football field would be hard to match for any high school player. He looks the part of a player that starts right away in Louisville. He can play the “Card” position or either safety spot. He’s that versatile.

Perry was ranked as the No. 160 player nationally, the No. 9 safety, and the No. 2 player in Illinois.

Take a look at Under Armour All-American Ben Perry’s junior year highlights here.

Another pass rusher is in as DE Ryheem Craig out of Alexander Central High School in North Carolina joins the fold. Craig may be the smallest of all of the defensive line commitments, but I think I like his game the second most only to Victoine Brown. Craig has a good motor and a compact frame that will look even more impressive when he puts weight on. He is a really good athlete and has some translatable skills to the next level. I am a big fan of how he uses his length to shed off blockers. I think he is ranked a little bit too low.

Craig is ranked as the No. 72 weak side defensive end and the No. 59 player in North Carolina.

You can view Craig’s junior highlights here.

TE Christian Pedersen is the second of two tight end signees in this class. He hails from Junipero Serra in California. Pedersen is a smooth mover and a natural pass catcher that can line up in-line or in an H-back type of role. I like his game and think that he is the successor to Marshon Ford at the position.

Pedersen is ranked as the No. 43 tight end nationally and the No. 71 player in California

His highlights from his junior season can be viewed here.

S TJ Quinn from national power Lowndes High School in Georgia is another huge addition to Louisville’s 2021 class. Quinn is a Louisville legacy player. His father Terry, now an assistant coach at Lowndes, played for the Cardinals in the 90’s as a safety. Quinn is an excellent tackler for the position. He has great long speed but some stiffness may limit him to playing in the box at the next level. He could play the “Card” position or strong safety at the next level.

Quinn is ranked as the No. 99 safety and the No. 93 player in the state of Georgia by 247 Sports.

You can view his junior highlights here and his mid-season senior highlights here.