Less than a week after the University of Louisville football program lost 4-star cornerback Ryan White to a de-commitment, the Cards lost another defensive stud prospect in 3-Star weakside defensive end Marquis Haynes out of Jacksonville Florida. Haynes commitment lasted just over two months after committing on May 28th of this year. Originally Louisville beat out the University of North Carolina and it appears that the Tar Heels are the beneficiary of the de-commit. Haynes sent out a tweet earlier today that said “Louisville wasn’t a good fit” and ended the tweet with “future tar heels”.
When Louisville Trinity’s Ryan White made the switch it didn’t come as much of a surprise as he had been listed as a soft verbal. Haynes however, does come as a bit of a shock. Could it be more fallout from Louisville’s uncertainty in regards to conference affiliation? Absolutely could be, but it’s hard to say at this point. UNC has a brand new head coach in Larry Fedora whom was most recently at Southern Mississippi. Fedora had pretty good success recruiting for the Golden Eagles and has a blitz heavy defensive philosophy that could be very appealing to a prospect on the front seven of the defensive side of the ball.
Louisville’s athletic department as well as head coach Charlie Strong and his staff must find a way to hang on to the top notched recruits that chose the Cardinal program. While some de-commitments could turn out to be a blessing in disguise, it’s always going to leave the initial bad taste in the mouth of fans as well as leave potential recruits wondering why the waver. These recent de-commitments must be taken into consideration with the recent additions to the program in Zeke Pike and Bryce McNeal, but only time will tell which of the additions or subtractions will be make the larger impact on the Cardinal football program.