The Louisville Cardinals not only got their hometown hero in the welcoming of Jeff Brohm back to Louisville, but Coach Brohm and his staff are heavily focused on keeping local talent committed to the University of Louisville. Both Micah Carter and Saadiq Clements are from the state of Kentucky, Carter is from Louisville and Clements is from Henderson County, which is about two hours outside of Louisville city limits.
Louisville also has several preferred walk-ons from the Louisville area in former Trinity quarterback Nathan McElroy, former Oldham County quarterback Sam Young, former St. X running back Grant Goodman, and former St. X linebacker Hale Bohler. Linebacker Charlie Ely also joins the list of local players playing for his hometown team as he was a former Trintiy star.
Wide receiver Elijah Downing and defensive back Josh Minkins used to suit up for the Ballard Bruins, while defensive lineman Selah Brown suited up for Male High School.
The city of Louisville is littered with talent from all over and Jeff Brohm is intent on keeping them home. In one of his first orders of business, he brought former Trinity standout Stephen Herron Jr. home from the west coast to play his final collegiate year as a Cardinal and now he continuing that trend with his most recent recruiting weekend.
Of the 50 or so visitors in town this past weekend, a few local stars stand out as key athletes to keep an eye on in their potential commitments to Louisville. The first one is New Albany High School’s William “Woo” Spencer. He played his first three years of high school football at Louisville Male High School, but decided to transfer to New Albany for his senior season. He recently announced his top four schools of Louisville, Kentucky, Michigan State, and Mississippi State.
According to Cardinal Authority’s Michael McCammon, he is expected to visit Louisville again before he makes his final decision.
Next on the list is Central High School’s Cortez Stone. Cortez Stone is a dynamic running back in the Class of 2025 and could make a huge impact on this roster in years to come. The 5-foot-10 running back was also recruited and offered by Jeff Brohm and Chris Barclay when they were at Purdue. So, the familiarity is already there and this time he could play for his hometown team.
Stone told Jody Demling of Cardinal Authority that:
“I really like them and they were just telling me how much they really want me to stay home…They said they really want to coach me.”
Another player who was on campus for the Louisville Cardinals this past weekend was Eastern High School’s Quintez Thomas. Thomas is an offensive tackle and he just announced his commitment to Louisville as a preferred walk-on, joining fellow preferred walk-on Logan Frazier. He could potentially help bolster an area of need for the Cardinals with the losses of Trevor Reid, Caleb Chandler, and Luke Kandra.
Head Coach Jeff Brohm is certainly not done with the Class of 2023, especially in regards to local talent. A few other notable names to watch out for in terms of local talent who was here recently on campus is Bullitt East’s Travis Egan, quarterback, Male’s Matthew Hinz, wide receiver, and DeSales’ James Glover-Tyson, an offensive tackle.