The Louisville Football staff continued their strong streak on the recruiting trail with the addition of Christian Pedersen to the 2021 recruiting class. Pedersen is rated as a 3-star tight end by 247 Sports and Rivals though he doesn’t have a composite ratings as of now. Louisville beat out Virginia and San Diego State for the 6-5/230 Tight End from California. He also holds offers from Boise State, Kansas, and a few Ivy League schools.
As well as Louisville is doing on the recruiting trail, they are still not done fixing the roster issues the Satterfield staff took over. UofL should be set a Tight End going forward as long as Pederden and Vic Mullen sign in this cycle.
Pedersen plays in an offense that is very similar to the UofL offense and he plays both Tight End spots. That should benefit him a lot once he arrives on campus because Scott Satterfield has said that he expects these guys to be able to play both spots. While that’s ideal, some of the guys on the roster are best suited for one or the other. Pedersen’s length should allow him to play the “Y” spot where you have to block bigger players at the point of attack. He also shows the ability to handle free running players on inside zone runs. We all saw how important that was with Marshon Ford last year so Pedersen being accustomed to it is a good sign.
Louisville is also getting a guy that is a very solid route runner in the intermediate area of the field. He cuts well on his breaks and separates from linebackers. He’s not a burner as a runner but he runs tough and has a nice stride when he runs. Louisville did really well with the Tight Ends in this class. Both have the size and length you want to see and both show a lot of promise even though they’re not completely polished. The five high school prospects they’ve added since taking over have a nice mix of athleticism and size. They can work that mix to put the best guys on the field at two important positions on the offense.
What’s poppin Louisville? pic.twitter.com/PCQDFAXBTU— Christian Pedersen (@ChristianPed87) July 19, 2020