Louisville added another transfer from Georgia Southern this afternoon when Shai Werts announced his commitment. Werts is has been the starting Quarterback at GSU for the past four years and he has put up outstanding numbers leading their offense. When he announced his transfer he made it known that he was looking to change positions to receiver or athlete. My understanding is that UofL will honor that and he will be playing receiver. The grad transfer will have one year to play at Louisville.
Louisville started looking at adding a receiver late in the 2021 recruiting class but didn’t end up doing so. They were mostly looking at guys that fit the bill of a slot receiver, however. Tutu Atwell announced that he was leaving early to enter the NFL draft and that left a spot open from a depth standpoint. Werts should have an opportunity to come in and learn the position in the spring and summer in hopes to see the field in the fall. As of now, Braden Smith is the only experienced receiver who played in the slot last year.
Werts is a dynamic athlete, putting up 68 total touchdowns in his four year career. He has the ability to make people miss in space as well as run past people in the open field. As a passer, he has done well throughout his career protecting the football as well as being a capable thrower in passing situations. While I don’t expect him to be a guy that competes as a Quarterback at Louisville, he is more than capable as a passer to be an option for the staff as a package player as well as a backup in some capacity.
Scott Satterfield said on signing day that they had three spots open and it looks like those spots are filled. However, this staff has been very resourceful when it comes to how they handle the roster. Last season they added Corey Reed to the roster even though didn’t seem to have a spot for him. I wouldn’t be shocked if they still find a way to add a Quarterback at some point. It’s a spot that Satterfield said they would fill in the transfer market and it doesn’t seem like Werts will be filling that need.