Class of 2024 five-star linebacker TJ Capers, out of Miami, Florida, has announced he is committing to the University of Louisville. The announcement came today during the All-American Bowl. Surrounded by his family, TJ Capers ripped off his shirt to unveil a Louisville Cardinal #1 Jersey.
TJ Capers gives Jeff Brohm his first commitment for the 2024 class and is set to become the highest-ranked recruit to ever commit to the University of Louisville, edging out Louisville native Michael Bush, who has held that position since 2003.
The Cardinals have an established pipeline from Miami, heavily influenced by Louisville’s recruiting coordinator John Herron. Over the years, Louisville has developed and sent several Cardinal alumni from Miami to the NFL, undoubtedly influencing TJ Capers’s decision.
Undoubtedly, Pierce Clarkson and Jeff Brohm deserve a lot of credit for TJ Capers.
TJ was recruited by over twenty-four other colleges, including Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and Miami. Ironically, Charlie Strong has been heavily involved in recruiting Capers to Miami. But, ultimately Jeff Brohm would edge out the former Louisville Head Coach.
The University of Louisville led the nation in sacks in 2022, under former defensive coordinator Bryan Brown. Louisvilel recorded 50 sacks in 2022, which could have been a vital factor in influencing Caper’s decision.
Capers projects as an edge rusher in college and would easily get plenty of sack opportunities at Louisville. Even despite linebacker’s coach Greg Gasparato leaving for the University of Cincinnati, Capers never wavered on his decision. Louisville is now indebted to Gasparato for recruiting Capers to join his former squad. According to reports, Gasparato has been recruiting him since the spring.
Louisville was one of the first school to offer the Florida native, when relatively few schools were pursuing him at the time. But, it did not take long before the nation took notice and programs all across the nation were vying for his services.
TJ Capers joins Isaac Brown, another Florida product, as the only two commits in the 2024 class. Capers and Brown give Jeff Brohm a beyond-fantastic start to recruiting at the University of Louisville for the next recruiting cycle.
Scott Satterfield, notably, deserves some credit. He created a significant 2023 class and established contact with many potential 2024 kids, but Brohm sealed the deal with TJ Capers and held the majority of the 2023 group together, despite Satterfield’s unexpected departure.