The Louisville staff continues to add versatile defensive players in the 2016 class. The latest commitment fits that trend. Port Charlotte, FL defensive lineman Kordell Slater, a long time South Florida commitment, visited and ultimately committed to the Cardinals early this morning. Slater (6'6, 260) will add even more depth to a very deep defensive line class.
Slater, a composite three-star prospect according to 247Sports, chose Louisville shortly after decommitting from South Florida, where he'd been committed since June. He also lists offers from AAC schools like East Carolina and some from Power 5 schools like Iowa State and Virginia.
In the highlight video you can see that Slater has an enormous frame and can most likely easily carry 30-50 more pounds without losing much of his quickness. Because he could easily, eventually, play at 6'6, 285-300, it's not a surprise that Slater told Cardinal Authority that he'd had extensive talks with the Louisville coaches about playing as a three-technique defensive end or whatever position best suited him as he continues to grow and has a year or two in a major college strength and conditioning program.
With future nose tackle Caleb Tillman recently declaring his recruitment over and future defensive end Michael Boykin doing the same, Louisville has the pieces for the defensive line of the future set. Boykin, much like Slater, will likely play at Louisville at 6'6, 285-290 and be able to play a role similar to Sheldon Rankins, moving between defensive end and tackle as needed. The one benefit for Slater is that he'll graduate in December and join the Louisville program in January, allowing him to go through spring practice in 2016. 2015 signee Jaire Alexander benefitted from this greatly and helped the team immediately because of it.
With Slater, Louisville's recruiting class currently sits at #30 in the 247Sports team rankings.