These players have signed with Louisville football's 2023 recruiting class

The start of college football’s early signing period (Dec. 21-23) gives Jeff Brohm the chance to flex his recruiting muscles as Louisville’s new head coach.

Headlined by seven four-star commitments, the Cardinals’ 2023 class entered Wednesday ranked 28th on 247Sports’ national leaderboard. This is a drastic jump from last year’s haul, which finished outside of the recruiting database’s top 50.

Most of the prospects in line to sign a National Letter of Intent during the three-day window pledged to play for Scott Satterfield but have held firm in their commitments since he left for Cincinnati and Brohm was handed the reins of his alma mater. The most noteworthy de-commitment came from the nation’s top running back recruit, Rueben Owens, who flipped to Texas A&M hours after reports surfaced Dec. 7 that Brohm would be named Satterfield’s successor.

Louisville football recruiting:Where the Cardinals' 2023 class stands heading into early signing period

Keep this page bookmarked for updates as Brohm and the Cardinals begin to put the finishing touches on an impressive collection of talent.

Louisville football recruiting: Meet the Cardinals' 2023 class of signees, commitments

Luke Burgess

New Palestine Luke Burgess photographed on Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis.

Position: Offensive line

High school: New Palestine (New Palestine, Indiana)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: Luke Burgess, 247Sports' No. 34 offensive tackle in the country, announced his commitment to Louisville on June 26. The senior from New Palestine, Indiana, chose the Cardinals over North Carolina and Florida State. Burgess stands at 6 feet, 7 inches tall and weighs 285 pounds, giving Louisville additional size in the trenches.

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Keyjuan Brown

Position: Running back

High school: South Atlanta (Atlanta, Georgia)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Flipped from Purdue to Louisville, signed Dec. 21

What to know: Keyjuan Brown decommitted from Purdue after Brohm's departure and decided to follow the head coach from the Boilermakers to Louisville. On Dec. 21 became the Cardinals' first new commitment of the early signing period. Checking in at 5-9 and 205 pounds, the Atlanta native ranks among the top 50 running backs in the country, according to the 247Sports Composite. The national recruiting database reports Brown amassed close to 7,500 rushing yards during his time at South Atlanta High School, including 32 games with 100 yards or more. He filled Owens' void as the lone running back commit in the class.

Micah Carter

St. X defensive end Micah Carter (99) returned an interception for a touchdown to put the Tigers up 7-0 in the first half against the DeSales Colts. Friday, Oct. 9, 2020

Position: Defensive line

High school: St. Xavier (Louisville)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Flipped from Purdue to Louisville, signed Dec. 21

What to know: Brohm's first commitment after being formally introduced as Louisville's head coach, Micah Carter announced his flip from Purdue to the Cardinals on Dec. 10. The 6-5, 250-pound defensive lineman is 247Sports' top-rated 2023 prospect in the state of Kentucky and the No. 50 overall prospect at the position in the country. Returning to the field after suffering a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of his junior campaign, Carter tallied a team-high 56 tackles (23 unassisted), seven tackles for loss and four sacks during his final go-around with the Tigers. The defensive lineman was the first Louisville native to join the Cardinals' class since former Male defensive back Jeremiah Collins de-committed over the summer.

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Stanquan Clark

Miami Killian linebacker Stanquan Clark

Position: Linebacker

High School: Miami Central (Miami, Florida)

247Sports Composite rating: 4 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: The first linebacker to join Louisville's class, Stanquan Clark announced his pledge to the Cardinals on Aug. 14 while getting a haircut from his barber, "Big Chop." The 6-2, 215-pound South Florida native is the No. 27 overall linebacker on 247Sports' composite rankings. Clark chose U of L over rival Kentucky and seven other finalists, including Atlantic Coast Conference foes Miami and NC State.

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Pierce Clarkson

A billboard for Pierce Clarkson says "Dear Louisville, I'm home. Let's build something special together" can be seen at Lynn Family Stadium on Friday morning. January 28, 2022

Position: Quarterback

High school: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California)

247Sports Composite rating: 4 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: The son of renowned quarterbacks coach Steve Clarkson, Pierce Clarkson committed to Louisville in late January. Since then, the 6-foot, 190-pound California native has been actively selling his talented peers in the 2023 class on the Cardinals. An Adidas All-American and U of L's quarterback of the future, Clarkson ranks No. 15 on 247Sports composite rankings for the position. He chose the Cardinals over scholarship offers from more than 20 Power 5 schools, including Kentucky, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Oregon and Texas A&M.

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Saadiq Clements

Henderson's Saadiq Clement (48) celebrates a defensive stop against Apollo during their 6A Round 1 playoff game at Eagle Stadium in Owensboro, Ky., Friday night, Nov. 5, 2021.

Position: Defensive line

High school: Henderson County (Henderson)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Flipped from Purdue to Louisville, signed Dec. 21

What to know: A top-75 defensive lineman in the 2023 class, Saadiq Clements followed Carter in flipping his commitment from Purdue to Louisville on Dec. 12. Checking in at 6-4 and 265 pounds, Clements ranked second across the KHSAA in sacks (21) to go along with a team-high 62 tackles (37 unassisted) during his final season with the Colonels. He is Kentucky's No. 4 overall prospect in the Class of 2023, according to 247Sports' composite rankings.

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Joe Crocker

Joe Crocker, the three-star offensive lineman for Franklin Road Academy, is pictured here at the school's football field in Nashville, Tenn., Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Position: Offensive line

High school: Franklin Road Academy (Nashville, Tennessee)

247Sports Composite Rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Signed Feb. 1

What to know: Joe Crocker became the third offensive lineman to join Louisville's class when he committed to the Cardinals after visiting campus the weekend before National Signing Day. Checking in at 6-6 and 310 pounds, Crocker is a top-45 tackle in the country and the No. 20 overall prospect in the Volunteer State, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He originally committed to Mississippi State last summer but reopened his recruitment before the December early signing period. U of L scored his pledge over the likes of Michigan State and Wisconsin, both of which he visited over the past year.

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William Fowles

Position: Wide receiver

High school: Dade Christian School (Hialeah, Florida)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: William Fowles announced his pledge to the Cardinals just after 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 9. The rising senior at Dade Christian School is the No. 73 overall wide receiver recruit in country, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. The 6-2, 195-pound wideout chose U of L over 30 other reported scholarship offers, including Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, NC State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M and West Virginia.

Adonijah Green

Position: Edge

High school: Cedar Grove (Ellenwood, Georgia)

247Sports Composite rating: 4 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: The first 2023 prospect to join Louisville's class, Adonijah Green committed to the Cardinals in December of 2021. The 6-5, 203-pound edge defender ranks 36th at the position, according to the 247Sports Composite, and had scholarship offers from more than 20 Power 5 schools, including Kentucky, Nebraska, Tennessee and Georgia Tech.

Cataurus Hicks

Position: Wide receiver

High school: Miami Central (Miami, Florida)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: A teammate of Clark's at Miami Central, Cataurus Hicks announced his pledge to Louisville via Instagram on Sept. 18. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound wideout was reportedly in town with Clark on an unofficial visit for the Cardinals' home opener against Florida State just two days earlier. Hicks joined join U of L's 2023 class over reported scholarship offers from Akron, Central Michigan, Florida Atlantic and Tennessee.

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Jamari Johnson

Position: Athlete

High school: Inglewood (Inglewood, California)

247Sports Composite rating: 4 stars

Commitment status: Signed Jan. 7

What to know: Jamari Johnson is the 247Sports Composite's No. 26 athlete in the 2023 class but plays primarily tight end for Inglewood High School. The 6-5, 250-pound prospect is an Adidas All-American and doubled down on his commitment to Louisville on national television during the Jan. 7 bowl game in San Antonio, Texas. Johnson, who pledge to Satterfield's staff in April, also had the Bearcats, Oregon and Pittsburgh among his finalists.

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Jahlil McClain

Position: Wide receiver

High school: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: One of Clarkson's receiving targets at St. John Bosco, Jahlil McClain followed in his quarterback's footsteps with a commitment to Louisville in March. The 5-10, 180-pound wideout ranks among 247Sports' Top 85 athletes in the 2023 class and is the No. 51 overall prospect in California. McClain chose the Cardinals over offers from Michigan State, Oregon, Texas and the University of Southern California.

Madden Sanker

Louisville football commit Madden Sanker, middle, poses with South Paulding High School teammates Jamarion Wilcox and Kasen Weisman. Sanker pledged to the Cardinals' 2023 class on Monday, July 11, 2022.

Position: Offensive line

High school: South Paulding (Douglasville, Georgia)

247Sports Composite rating: 4 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: The No. 8 interior offensive lineman in the Class of 2023, Madden Sanker pledged to Louisville on July 11, less than a month after he made a weekend visit to the city with more than a handful of fellow commitments. The Cardinals were among the first schools to offer the 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman a scholarship in October 2020. He chose U of L over four other finalists, including Arkansas, Georgia, Miami and Michigan State.

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William Spencer

William Spencer showed the “L”, a shirt and the Louisville hat  to announce he was selecting the Cardinals next year.
Feb. 1, 2023

Position: Defensive line

High school: New Albany (New Albany, Indiana)

247Sports Composite rating: 3 stars

Commitment status: Signed Feb. 1

What to know: William Spencer was 247Sports' top-ranked 2023 prospect in the state of Kentucky when he transferred from Male across the Ohio River to New Albany High School. He signed with Louisville on Feb. 1 after a neck-and-neck battle between the Cardinals and UK down the stretch. Spencer played both sides of the trenches during high school but ultimately chose U of L because Brohm's staff offered the opportunity to start his college career as a defensive lineman. As a senior at New Albany, he had 27 tackles (six solo), one tackle for loss and a blocked punt while playing in seven games of team's 2-8 campaign, according to MaxPreps.com.

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Aaron Williams

Position: Cornerback

High school: St. John Bosco (Bellflower, California)

247Sports Composite rating: 4 stars

Commitment status: Signed Dec. 21

What to know: 247Sports' No. 20 corner in the 2023 class, Aaron Williams committed to Louisville in April. The 6-2, 185-pound Adidas All-American played his senior season alongside fellow commits Clarkson and McClain after transferring from Centennial High School to St. John Bosco. He chose the Cardinals over offers from more than 20 Power 5 schools, including Alabama, Georgia, Miami, Michigan and Oklahoma.

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Louisville football recruiting: See Cards' 2023 class of signees