Disclaimer: The depth chart as well as position changes are just my guess or what I would like to see. There’s no way to know how these things will shake out.
WHO’S COMING BACK
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Louisville has put together another strong wide receiver class with Allen potentially being the highest rated recruit to come to Louisville since James Quick. Allen is the one commit in this class that came completely out of nowhere and also hasn’t been talked about at all. It’s weird, honestly. Allen is the type of impact freshman that I’ve been rambling on about for a few years now. He’s also the type of player that can make plays after the catch. That’s something they’ve been missing this year.
Riley and Atwell are both listed as athletes but I think Tutu will undoubtedly end up as a slot receiver. Riley could end up at corner but I personally like him a lot more as a wide receiver. He’s another guy that can make plays after the catch but I really like Riley’s route running more than anything. His breaks are very crisp and I really like his hips. Atwell will be a project as he’s always played quarterback but he has good speed and quickness.
Even if Riley ends up at corner, which the numbers suggest, Harrell will fill a need for the offense. Louisville has lacked speed on offense and that’s really shown this year. They don’t have guys that can consistently get open down the field on their own. Harrell and Atwell have the speed to do so. Now we just have to hope these guys can develop and be more than just guys that can run.
Louisville could start next year with 14 receivers if they stand pat right now. Still, they have their eyes on at least three more receivers and might be looking at three more on top of that. So, I’ll just link all of those guys with the first three being guys that are scheduled for official visits as of now.
Louisville again has too many receivers to know what to do with. With the recruits added in, they will have 14 receivers and they still have 3 guys scheduled for official visits. So, we should see the same guys next year that we have this season. I’m always wrong about guys leaving early but I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see Jaylen Smith leave a year early. he hasn’t had a huge year but I just get the feeling he’ll go if he finishes the season with a few good games.
Dez Fitzpatrick should continue to progress and will likely be the top target for Pass as a slot receiver. Dez has been a little inconsistent with his hands over the last few games but I think he will take a big leap over the off season and become a dynamic type of player as opposed to the possession guy that he is this year.
Dawkins and Samuel will still be third options if Smith comes back but I do wonder if Pass spreads the ball around more than Jackson. Lamar tends to look for Smith a lot when things get tense and maybe we see something different with Pass.
The rest of the receiver group is hard to get a feel for because they don’t have any room to get them on the field. Allen could come in and push his way on to the field but the veteran guys are who they are at this point. Justin Marshall should be a better option than Peete as Dawkins’ backup but I don’t know if I see anyone else becoming an impact guy outside of the guys we’re seeing this year.
WHO’S COMING BACK
WHO’S COMING IN
Louisville doesn’t have a tight end commit as of now but they have Nigel Kilby scheduled for a visit as of now. Louisville doesn’t need a tight end to come in and play next year so I don’t know why they’re looking to JUCO for the one they need for the class. A high school player would be able to come in and learn or redshirt for a year but this is the route they seem to be going. For what it’s worth, Kilby had a very good year for Eastern Michigan in 2016 and should be a guy that should play if he ends up here.
Louisville hasn’t had consistent play from their tight ends in 2017 but I think they could bounce back next season. Micky Crum can’t stay out of the doghouse but his talent is obvious. I think that he will still have a battle for the number one spot with Averitt but I’m holding out hope that his last season will get his focus. Averitt is already getting more snaps and I think he will only get better.