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National Signing Day 2018: Waggener High star Jairus Brents signs with Louisville

Who says there are no surprises when it comes to National Signing Day anymore?

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Just when it looked like Louisville had signed all the players they were going to sign on National Signing Day, a local star threw everyone a curveball.

Jairus Brents, a four-star cornerback out of Waggener High School, announced Wednesday night that he has signed his letter of intent to stay home and play for the Cardinals. Bobby Petrino confirmed the news at Louisville’s signing day party at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.

According to 247 Sports’ composite rankings, Brents is the 24th-best cornerback in the class of 2018 and the 230th best overall prospect in the country. He had not included Louisville as a finalist during any portion of his recruitment, but ultimately chose U of L over West Virginia, Florida State and Cincinnati, among others.

I’m not saying this is the moment where Louisville got back into Jairus Brents’ recruitment, but I’m also not saying it isn’t.

Clearly this was meant to be.

By the way, here’s that run:

Brents pulled double duty for Waggener this season, playing both cornerback and quarterback. He helped the Wildcats host (and win) a playoff game for the first time in 15 years.

Congrats to Petrino and the staff at U of L on a big late get.