Head Coach Jeff Brohm has been busy at work since he was officially installed as the program’s next head coach. Brohm has already made trips to California and Florida to make recruiting visits to the members of the 2023 recruiting class that Scott Satterfield and staff put together before they left town for the University of Cincinnati. He can be seen below taking a picture with the ring leader of Louisville’s 2023 class, four-star St. John Bosco product Pierce Clarkson.
Brohm also made time to go to south Florida to drop by the homes of wide receiver recruit, William Fowles and cornerback recruit Rayquan Adkins.
While the current football team was in Boston, Massachusetts taking on the Cincinnati Bearcats in a rekindled rivalry of the Keg of Nails amidst the inuagural Wasabi Fenway Bowl, Coach Brohm was back home in Louisville, KY hosting one of the biggest recruiting weekends in recent Louisville football memory.
Two of the top names in the transfer portal that attended this recruiting weekend were Penn State edge rusher Rodney McGraw and Stanford edge rusher Stephen Herron Jr. Both of them committed to the program fairly quickly after spending time with the Louisville staff.
Herron, in particular, is significant because he is both a native of Louisville and a graduate of Trinity High School, which is also Coach Brohm’s alma mater. The 6-foot-4 graduate transfer has spent the last four seasons with the Stanford Cardinal and has had an incredibly productive football career.
This past season he was named the Stanford Defensive Player of the Week twice and helped the Cardinal defeat Notre Dame by contributing two sacks and forcing a fumble. Not only does Louisville get a talented edge rusher, but they also get a local kid who is coming back home.
Joining him on the defensive side of the ball is Penn State transfer Rodney McGraw. The 6-foot-5 edge rusher out of Elkhart, Indiana has three years of eligibility remaining and can make a huge impact for Ron English’s defense. The unique storyline with McGraw is that Brohm has a very unique ability to recruit Indiana players heavily and successfully from his previous six seasons at the helm for the Purdue Boilermakers.
Going an untraditional route this time in terms of recruiting high school Indiana talent, Brohm lands a native of Indiana to play for him at the University of Louisville. For a typically offensive-minded coach, Brohm’s immediate impact so far has been exclusively on the defensive side of the ball.
Flipping defensive lineman Micah Carter and Saadiq Clements from Purdue and now landing transfers Rodney McGraw and Stephen Herron, defensive coordinator Ron English and Mark Hagen are going to have some massive bodies on the defensive side of the ball and it will be exciting to watch how this staff implements these incredible talents.