Bruce Feldman and Jody Demling are both reporting that Dennison will be heading to Oregon to coach outside linebacker for the Ducks. If the reports turn out to be true, this would be a huge loss for Louisville’s coaching staff. Louisville’s football team has seen a nice uptick in recruiting over the last couple of years and Cort Dennison has been a huge factor in that improvement.
Dennison was promoted to an on field coaching position a few years ago. He started out working with the secondary but he eventually moved on to coaching inside linebackers. His role as recruiting coordinator is where he’s really shined. Per 247, Dennison is the lead recruiter for 11 of UofL’s 22 commits this year and he has landed two of the team’s three 4-star prospects. He’s also ranked as the 7th best recruiter in the ACC. Before he landed his on field role he was the director of on campus recruiting and was known to be a big factor in helping to land kids who visited for camps and other visits.
Stacy Thomas and Dorian Etheridge were bright spots for a Louisville defense that struggled for much of the year. Etheridge led the team in tackles as a true freshman and Thomas finished in the top five in tackles, tackles for loss, sacks, and interceptions. Dennison also deserves credit for the play of Isaac Stewart when Thomas was down with an injury.
Louisville now has two spots to fill on the defensive staff with defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon leaving for Cal two days ago.
Per multiple sources, Louisville LB coach and recruiting coordinator Cort Dennison expected to leave and take a position on Mario Critobal's staff at Oregon.— Jody Demling (@jdemling) January 21, 2018