LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BVM) – The Louisville Cardinals football program landed a huge commitment in the Class of 2023 with four-star wide receiver DeAndre Moore Jr. from Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California. Moore only adds to an already tantalizing class for the Cardinals as they have landed six ESPN 300 recruits in the class including the 5-foot-11, 190-pound receiver who is the highest-rated player Louisville has signed in the ESPN 300 era that began in 2006.
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Perhaps the most telling takeaway from the Cardinals 2023 recruiting class is where they’ve had success getting recruits, landing a number of high-ranking prospects from the state of California, creating a pipeline of other talented players from the Golden State to take some more serious looks at the program. Including Moore, five of Louisville’s 10 verbal commits in the class come from California with ESPN 300 members Pierce Clarkson and Jahlil McClain of St. John Bosco High School and Aaron Williams of Centennial High School to go along with three-star commit Jamari Johnson of Inglewood High School.
While the team has been able to land other talented players from different states including Adonijah Green, Martel Hight and Jayden Davis from Georgia and Rayquan Adkins and Jeremiah Collins from Florida and Kentucky respectively, it is clear that no state in the class up to this point will impact that Cardinals like California. The success in the state has paid dividends for the Cardinals as the six ESPN 300 commits are combined for the total number of ESPN 300 comments the program had in the previous five recruiting classes.
The quarterback recruit of the class, Clarkson, may be the most critical piece to the Louisville California recruiting puzzle. After Clarkson committed to the program in late January, the team landed commits from his high school teammate McClain in March as well as Williams in April and now Moore. Clarkson has been able to build some relationships with potential recruits in California thanks to his dad who runs a reputable quarterback skills camp in Santa Monica, California.
With the big fish landed this offseason, the Cardinals will hope that they can turn a corner under head coach Scott Satterfield. In three seasons at the helm, Satterfield has led the Cards to an 18-19 record and a 2019 Music City Bowl victory. Though the team hasn’t been bad by any means, the expectations will be high for Satterfield and his staff when the Class of 2023 gets to town as it sits as the best class of the coach’s tenure.
Louisville fans will hope to see some improvement from the team this season after the Cardinals finished 6-7 with a loss to Air Force in the ServPro First Responder Bowl to end the year. While the Class of 2023 won’t be able to contribute to the team next season, fans will want to see if the group can add to a hopefully successful unit from 2022. If the Cards can show some progress and add the players from the 2023 class, fan expectations will be near an all-time high.
Though the recruiting cycle is far from over in the Class of 2023, the Louisville Cardinals have proven they’re unafraid of going after some of the best players in the country, regardless of location. If they can maintain their success recruiting in California, expect Louisville to continuously be among the winners of the recruiting cycle over Satterfield’s tenure.