Louisville football: Jeff Brohm signs QB Harrison Bailey as preferred walk-on

Just when you thought the quarterback room was full, Louisville Head Coach Jeff Brohm continues to add talented signal callers. First, it was Pierce Clarkson, then it was Jack Plummer, then it was Travis Egan, then it was Brady Allen, and then it was former quarterback — turned tight end, Joey Gatewood. Now, it is UNLV transfer Harrison Bailey, who accepted a preferred walk-on opportunity with the University of Louisville.

Harrison Bailey was a former consensus four-star prospect coming out of Marietta High School in Marietta, Georgia. He was a 6-foot-5, 211-pound prospect and the No. 3 overall pro-style quarterback in the nation in the Class of 2020.

He initially committed to the University of Tennessee, but only stayed there for one year and a half. He appeared in seven total games for the Volunteers and recorded one rushing touchdown, 594 passing yards, and four passing touchdowns.

However, that was not enough to keep him in Knoxville, Tennessee for any longer. He entered the transfer portal in October 2021 and committed to UNLV. As a Rebel, he did not see the field much either. Bailey appeared in four games, rushed for -9 yards, and threw for 36 total passing yards on 13 attempts.

His collegiate path is very similar to another recent Louisville commit, Joey Gatewood. Gatewood was the No. 1 overall athlete in the Class of 2018. But, he bounced from Auburn to Kentucky and now Louisville.

Harrison Bailey was the No. 3 overall pro-style quarterback coming out of high school, but he bounced around from Tennessee to UNLV and now Louisville. The competition in the quarterback room will really heat up as it now holds Jack Plummer, Evan Conley, Brock Domann, Pierce Clarkson, Brady Allen, Travis Egan, Sam Young, and Sam Vaulton.

Harrison Bailey now joins the mix and makes the 2024 quarterback competition all the more interesting, especially because Louisville is also bringing in three-star quarterback Deuce Adams in the Class of 2024.

There is a lot to unfold. But, what was once considered a weakness, in terms of lack of depth under Scott Satterfield, is now most definitely a strength under former Louisville quarterback himself, Jeff Brohm.