#28 Jeremy Wright
Class: RS Junior Ht/Wt: 5-11/205 Position: Running back Hometown: Clermont, Fla
Louisville’s Take: Exciting young player ... emerged as a kick returner ... showed a burst and good power at running back ... needs to learn to catch ball out of the backfield ... will be counted on to be a playmaker on offense and in the kick return game ... ranks 10th all-time in school history with 914 kick return yards.
Thoughts: When you constantly have a young team with guys in their first or second year seeing the field early and often, I get the feeling sometimes that very good players have been in the program forever. Jeremy is one of those guys who I feel must be working on his doctorate or is on his eighth year of eligibility. The fact that he is only a junior does not make me upset at all. Jeremy, as a redshirt freshman was our second leading rusher back in 2010. He was reliable coming out of the backfield, but where he made headlines was in the return game. His pure speed and athleticism had him averaging over 30 yds per return (5th nationally). Last year he dropped off some (23.6 yds/return) but was also labeled as a weapon from opposing teams. Being second on the team last year in all purpose yards shows just how important Jeremy was to the success of the Cards down the stretch. Against Rutgers last year played a game of tag with the defenders…
He won. In fact, his 100+ rushing yards in that game was our only such game by any running back last year. Jeremy is another important piece of Coach Watson’s game plan for this season. I look forward to seeing him and Perry split the "lighting" portion of our running game combo.
Potential Nicknames: "The Wright Stuff", "Mr. Wright", "Bolt"
Some players were assigned numbers after we had already passed that day. Those players will be addressed individually over the next few weeks. Don't want anyone to feel left out.
#98 Sheldon Rankins
Class: Freshman Ht/Wt: 6-2/287 Position: Defensive End Hometown: Covington, GA
Louisville’s Take: Played for Rick Hurst at Eastside High School... three-star prospect by Rivals.com and Scout.com... ranked as the 32nd-best strong side defensive end and 43rd-best player in Georgia by Rivals.com... recorded 105 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 25 sacks over last two seasons... also forced four fumbles, recorded three interceptions and blocked two kicks... missed part of senior campaign with injury... recorded 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and nine sacks as a senior in eight games.
Thoughts: Sheldon comes in with the size to really create some havoc in the backfield and once he gets in the weight room for a few months I expect him to get even bigger. Louisville was perusing Sheldon pretty hard and then actually stepped it up when they sensed Pedro S. was wavering with being on board. Check out this recount of the in-home visit via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution
They brought coaches in and spent time with my family, Rankins told the AJC. I was already leaning towards Louisville. I had heard from other people that they might move me inside to defensive tackle, but they assured me that I’m their guy at defensive end. That’s all I needed to hear.
I made it look like I was going to the bathroom, but I went and got this Louisville hat I had already bought. I came back out with the hat on and everybody went crazy after that.
As we now know, not only did we get Sheldon, but tied up Pedro’s commitment as well. Charlie and Clint have been known to seal the deal once or twice.
Potential Nicknames: "Bazinga" (Sheldon Big Bang Theory), "Top Rank"