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Jeff Brohm, Portal King rides again

The Cards are the hottest portal team in the country at the moment.

NCAA Football: Louisville at Miami Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

A year ago, it took Jeff Brohm until the spring to have a weekend where it seemed like he landed 75 percent of the players available in the transfer portal. Of course, to be fair, this time last year Brohm had been Louisville’s head football coach for less than two weeks.

Brohm has asserted his claim to the transfer portal king throne once again over the last 72 hours, landing a whopping nine new additions for his 2024 roster.

Let’s take a quick look at the newest Cardinals:

Caullin Lacy, WR (South Alabama)

Widely regarded as the top available wide receiver in the transfer portal, Louisville managed to beat out Texas A&M for the services of Lacy, who has one year of eligibility remaining.

The 5’10 190-pound Lacy ranked No. 5 in the country in receptions (91) and yards this past season with 1,316. He caught eight touchdown passes for the Jaguars. During his four-year stint at South Alabama, Lacy totaled 208 catches for 2,521 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Corey Thornton, CB (Central Florida)

Coming in to help Louisville in the secondary is Thornton, who has one year of eligibility remaining after spending the past four seasons at Central Florida. The 6’1, 190-pound Thornton started 38 games during his time with Knights, totaling 139 tackles, four interceptions and 28 pass deflections.

Ja’Corey Brooks, WR Alabama

Also committing to Louisville on Friday night was Thornton’s high school teammate, Ja’Corey Brooks. Brooks, a former five-star recruit from Miami, was Alabama’s second-leading receiver in 2022 when he caught 39 passes for 674 yards and eight touchdowns. He missed most of this past season with a shoulder injury. Brooks has two years of eligibility remaining.

Donald Chaney, RB (Miami)

After totaling 1,014 all-purpose yards (852 of those on the ground) over four seasons at Miami, Chaney will play his final season at Louisville. Injuries have been a concern for Chaney, as he suffered an ACL tear in 2021 that limited him to just two games in 2021, and another injury kept him out of all but one game in 2022. Chaney rushed for 478 yards this season while splitting carries with three other backs.

Pete Nygra, C (Northern Illinois)

Brohm may have found the replacement for All-ACC center Bryan Hudson in the form of Nygra, who chose Louisville over a host of others over the weekend. A two-year starter at NIU, Nygra started all 12 games for the Huskies this past season and did not allow a single sack.

Jordan Guerad, DT (Florida International)

An already stout defensive front got even better over the weekend, when FIU defensive tackle Jordan Guerad flipped his transfer commitment from Minnesota to Louisville. A First Team All-Conference USA performer this past season, Guerad recorded 38 total tackles, 7.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and a forced fumble. He has two years of eligibility remaining at U of L.

Vic Cutler, OL (Ohio State)

Cutler, a 6’3, 300-pound center who transferred into Ohio State last season from Louisiana Monroe, played sparingly during his only season as a Buckeye. He played in four games for OSU, with every snap coming at the center position. He played both center and guard during his time at Louisiana Monroe, and could play either position for the Cardinals. 2024 will be his final season of college football.

Blake Ruffin, S (Eastern Illinois)

A former star at Louisville’s Trinity High School, Ruffin is headed back home after three wildly successful seasons at the FCS level. He earned Second Team All-American honors this past year after intercepting four passes and leading his team in tackles with 63. The 6’4, 205-pound safety has two years of eligibility remaining.

Izayah Cummings, TE (Kentucky)

One of the bigger local recruiting losses for Scott Satterfield came four years ago when highly-coveted Male High star Izayah Cummings picked the Cats over the Cards. That wrong has now been righted as Cummings is coming over to the good side for his final season of college ball. Cummings caught 18 passes for 293 yards and three touchdowns over his four seasons in Lexington.