Class of 2025 four-star prospect Jarcoby Hopson Jr. announced on Friday that the University of Louisville is among the schools he will visit this year.
For his class, 247Sports ranks Hopson Jr. as the No. 73 overall recruit, No. 6 linebacker, and No. 3 overall prospect in the state of Mississippi. As just a sophomore in high school, he already holds offers from over a dozen college football programs around the country.
Hopson Jr. announced his upcoming spring and summer visits via Twitter on Friday morning.
In addition to the University of Louisville, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect out of Lake Cormorant, Mississippi also plans to visit Ohio State, LSU, Florida State, Oregon, and several other universities. A specific date for his visit to UofL has not yet been set.
Jarcoby Hopson Jr. previously announced his offer from Head Coach Jeff Brohm, Defensive Backs Coach Steve Ellis, and the University of Louisville on February 6.
As it stands now, if UofL was able to land Hopson Jr., he would be the program’s sixth-highest recruit of all time. His current 247Sports Composite Rating only trails former Cards Michael Bush, Brian Brohm, Deantwan Whitehead, and James Quick as well as Class of 2024 commit TJ Capers.
At present, UofL does not have any commits for the Class of 2025. However, they have previously extended offers to a number of talented players including 4-star running back Jamarion Parker, 4-star safety Omarion Robinson, 4-star quarterback George MacIntyre, and 4-star running back Anthony Rogers.
The University of Louisville football program has done quite well on the recruiting trail in recent years. After finishing outside the top 40 in On3’s Team Recruiting Rankings from 2019-2021, UofL currently ranks 28th in the Class of 2023 and 8th in the Class of 2024.
Furthermore, the Cards’ defense also showed significant progress last year. They gave up just 19.2 points per game to opponents in 2022, which was 12th in the nation and the program’s best showing since the 2013 season.
The Louisville football team is losing several key defensive players from the 2022 team such as Yasir Abdullah, Yaya Diaby, and Kei’Trel Clark. Nevertheless, there seems to be plenty of talent returning next season and entering the program as a part of the 2023 recruiting class and transfer portal.
Cornerback Aaron Williams, defensive end Adonijah Green, linebacker Stanquan Clark, and several other members of the Class of 2023 will join the Cards’ defense for this upcoming season.
In addition, Jeff Brohm and his staff have done an excellent job working the transfer portal to help replace some of the pieces lost from last year’s defense. They managed to land cornerback Marquis Groves-Killebrew from Texas A&M, safety Devin Neal from Baylor, and defensive end Rodney McGraw from Penn State, among others.
Being able to land high-quality players like Jarcoby Hopson Jr. in the Class of 2024 and Class of 2025 would certainly go a long way in helping the Cards maintain their recent success on the defensive side of the ball and continue to reach new heights as a program.