Louisville football adds 7th 4-star commit to 2023 class in linebacker Stanquan Clark

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Louisville football added a seventh four-star prospect to its 2023 recruiting class Sunday by scoring the commitment of linebacker Stanquan Clark.

Clark, a South Florida native and the No. 25 overall linebacker prospect on 247Sports' composite rankings, pledged to the Cardinals over seven other finalists, including rival Kentucky and Atlantic Coast Conference foes Miami and NC State. Heading into his final season at Miami Central High School, Clark is the No. 66 overall talent in the Sunshine State on the USA Today Florida Network's Top 100.

According to a report from 247Sports' Andrew Ivins, Clark made an unofficial visit to U of L in late July and first toured the campus in June. The Cardinals were viewed as the heavy favorites to land his commitment in the eyes of national recruiting pundits, who overwhelmingly predicted the 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker would choose the 502 as his college destination.

"They're just fun up there," Clark said of Louisville on 247Sports' YouTube page while his barber, "Big Chop," cut his hair. "It's a lot of people where I'm from up there, so it was cool."

Miami Killian linebacker Stanquan Clark
Miami Killian linebacker Stanquan Clark

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With his commitment, Clark becomes the 14th member of Louisville's 2023 class, which jumped two spots to 16th overall on 247Sports' national leaderboard after the linebacker's pledge Sunday. The Cardinals now boast more four-star commitments this recruiting cycle alone than they've landed over the previous four years combined dating back to Scott Satterfield's hiring in December 2018.

"It's a good program," Clark said, "and with these guys that we're getting to come up there we should turn the program around."

"I like the staff," his mother added. "Everybody was very transparent. I know that my child will be straight for the next three to four years. They're gonna start him in the right direction and get him ready (for) our ultimate goal."

What Louisville football is getting in Stanquan Clark, 2023 linebacker commit

Louisville Scott Satterfield and the rest of the football team comes out before the game. Nov. 13, 2021
Louisville Scott Satterfield and the rest of the football team comes out before the game. Nov. 13, 2021

As deep as Louisville's 2023 class has become over the summer, Clark is the first linebacker to join the mix. In landing the Miami native's pledge, Satterfield and company filled an obvious recruiting void by adding a versatile tackling machine to their defenses of the future.

Clark tallied 131 tackles, 24 for loss, and four sacks as a junior for Miami Killian, according to MaxPreps.com. He also forced two fumbles, recovered two and picked off a pair of passes.

247Sports named Clark the "Alpha Dog" of the Palm Beach Gardens, a 10-team jamboree held a few months ago in Florida. The Palm Beach Post reported the linebacker forced, then recovered, two fumbles and returned one of them more than 95 yards for a touchdown. On one play, he reportedly wrapped up a running back and ripped the ball out of his hands before the opposing player hit the ground.

"Some questions surfaced early on in his junior season about his ability to square up and make a difference at the point of attack, but those were quickly answered Saturday as he essentially served as a battering ram in between the tackles," Ivins wrote after the May event.

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Clark began his high school career as a safety and played the position during the offseason on the 7-on-7 circuit for the Miami Immortals. It's that versatility that likely caught the attention of U of L defensive coordinator Bryan Brown, who should have a fun time scheming up packages for Clark and four-star edge commit Adonijah Green.

Reach recruiting and trending sports reporter Brooks Holton at bholton@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @brooksHolton.

This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Stanquan Clark, 4-star 2023 LB recruit, commits to Louisville football