Louisville football needed to find take advantage of the big seasons their star players had in 2019 and they took a step in the right direction today when they landed Trevion Cooley. Cooley is a three-star composite running back from North Carolina who ranks as the 19th best back in the country per the 247 rankings, where he is rated as a four-star. Louisville beat out Florida and Duke for Cooley and he also holds offers from South Carolina, NC State, Maryland, Georgia Tech, MSU, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia Tech.
Norval McKenzie led the way in Cooley’s recruitment and he landed a speedy back who runs in the 4.4 range. He can also shed tacklers well because he has a very compact frame with thick legs. UofL wants guys with long speed who can burst through a crowded defensive front and run away from the defense. A back with 4.4 speed shouldn’t have a problem accomplishing that. Cooley is a very well-rounded back who should fit very well with the offense.
Louisville missed out on their top priority when Corey Kiner chose LSU after being a heavy favorite for UofL. It’s a great sign that they can go out and pull the next guy on their board away from top SEC schools as well as his local school that gave him his first offer. The class is coming together well and I’d put money on the class getting even better as more players join.