Louisville football: Three sleepers from the 2021 signing class

Jaire Alexander, Louisville Cardinals. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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There are plenty of players worthy of being hyped up in the 2021 Louisville football signing class, but a few still are not getting the love they deserve.

A new wave of Louisville Cardinals football stars is about to come through in 2021 with a multitude of highly regarded players amongst the bunch.

Recruits like Benjamin Perry and Trevion Cooley are the four-star players that have been the talk of the town for what their future at Louisville could possibly entail. But plenty of unsung heroes remain amongst the 21 new signees.

Former players like Jaire Alexander, Jon Greenard, and Javian Hawkins were underrated and under-appreciated stars of the past in the Louisville program. When they came out of high school, they were one of the lowest rated players in their respected class. Now, they are some of Louisville’s best of all time and stars to come in the NFL.

It is about time we show some of these under-appreciated superstars some love.

With all of that being said, let’s talk about three of the biggest sleepers in the 2021 Louisville football signing class.

OG Aaron Gunn

This was some find by Scott Satterfield and David Ledford. Gunn goes to a high school with approximately 50 students enrolled in his senior class. It may have been a more reasonable find if Gunn was from Kentucky or Indiana. But he is not. He is from Pennsylvania.

The ability to identify and target an offensive lineman playing small-scale high school football in Pennsylvania by this staff was as impressive as it gets in the Aaron Gunn recruitment.

It is easy to see why the staff went after the 6’3″ 308-pounder out of Union Area High School. He absolutely dominates his competition and makes offensive line play look as fun as anyone possibly could.

Gunn has as many pancake blocks as I have ever seen on a high school tape that would compare favorably to Michael Oher’s The Blind Side highlight reel. If Gunn gets his hands on you, it’s over. His thick lower half allows him to fire off the line and leverage his powerful hands into defenders.

While small-school football can be difficult to evaluate for offensive linemen, Gunn is certainly the kind of player you bet on as he could not have dominated his competition any more than he did.

He will have a learning curve at the next level, but he has the natural size profile to step in and be college-ready right away. You cannot doubt his physical make-up and natural power he possesses from the interior offensive line position.

Gunn is rated as the No. 42 offensive guard in the country by 247 Sports.