Recruiting

Can Louisville Flip Kentucky Commit J.J. Weaver?

By now you’re probably aware that one of the many issues with the previous Louisville football staff was their inability to keep local talent at home. 

The city of Louisville has four four-star prospects in the 2019 class and it appears that none of the four seriously considered Louisville. 

Given that Scott Satterfield is getting such a late start, initially I thought it’d be really tough for him to flip any of the local recruits that are committed elsewhere, but maybe I was wrong.

J.J. Weaver of Moore High School verbally committed to Kentucky on November 30th, but took an unofficial visit to Louisville just days after Satterfield was hired.

247Sports

The four-star, 6-foot-6, 240-pound, defensive end initially claimed that he did it as a favor to Vince Tyra who stepped in as one of Louisville’s top recruiters once Bobby Petrino was fired. 

I’d still say it’s a long shot to land Weaver, but it appears that he’s at least considering it. 

Following his commitment to Kentucky less than two weeks ago Weaver stated that he planned to sign in December during the early signing period and enroll at Kentucky in June. That plan has since changed as he informed Chris Person of Rivals that he will wait until February to sign.

I’d hate to get everyone’s hopes up, but I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Weaver decided to wait and sign two months later after he met with Satterfield and toured UofL. 

247Sports ranks Weaver as one the top 25 defensive ends in the country. He holds offers from Cincinnati, Miami, Purdue, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Ole Miss and Tennessee, among others.

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