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Jeff Brohm's first Louisville early signing day is in the books. Here's what happens next

New Louisville head football coach Jeff Brohm has had a lot on his plate since he took the reins of his alma mater earlier this month.

At the top of the former U of L quarterback's to-do list: Keep the Cardinals' highly anticipated 2023 recruiting class intact heading into the early signing period (Dec. 21-23), which began just 13 days after Brohm was formally introduced as the successor to Scott Satterfield.

"There were so many things to do that, if I sat there and thought about how many things we had to do, we wouldn't get any work done," Brohm said Wednesday after having 12 high school seniors and six players in the NCAA Transfer Portal sign on to join him at Louisville.

New U of L head football coach Jeff Brohm, center, greeted supporters following the announcement of his new position at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 8, 2022.
New U of L head football coach Jeff Brohm, center, greeted supporters following the announcement of his new position at Cardinal Stadium in Louisville, Ky. on Dec. 8, 2022.

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U of L's 2023 class entered the early signing window ranked No. 28 on 247Sports’ national leaderboard. After pieces fell into place across the college football world Wednesday, it stood in the No. 30 spot.

It was a major hurdle cleared, but Brohm's to-do list isn't getting shorter anytime soon. After all, the transfer portal is buzzing and National Signing Day (Feb. 1, 2023) is right around the corner. Here's a look at what's next for the Cardinals as Brohm looks to add more talent to his inaugural roster and beyond.

Adding a quarterback through the transfer portal

California quarterback Jack Plummer (13) passes against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)
California quarterback Jack Plummer (13) passes against UCLA during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Berkeley, Calif., Friday, Nov. 25, 2022. (AP Photo/Jed Jacobsohn)

Jack Plummer, come on down?

Brohm on Wednesday said Louisville "probably will add a quarterback" from the transfer portal to bolster its depth at the position. With longtime starter Malik Cunningham exhausting his eligibility and the addition of four-star California native Pierce Clarkson on Wednesday, the Cardinals head into the offseason seven deep at the position.

"You need depth there," Brohm said. "At some point, you're going to need the least the backup — if not more than that. So I think it's always important to make sure we have enough quarterbacks on the roster.

"I know, when I played for coach (Howard) Schnellenberger, he had a whole lot of quarterbacks on the roster —probably more than you needed."

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Clarkson is one of seven high school signees enrolling at U of L in January, and he has all the makings of the Cardinals' quarterback of the future. Brohm said he's "fired up" to work with the son of high-profile QB guru Steve Clarkson, but it appears he's in the market for a signal-caller who can hold down the fort while the incoming freshman gets acclimated to the college game more than 2,000 miles away from home.

Coincidentally, California quarterback Jack Plummer entered the transfer portal not long after Brohm's spoke to the media about his 2023 class. Plummer, who played for Louisville's new head coach at Purdue from 2018-21, has one season of eligibility remaining. Could be an ideal fit, no?

Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm talks with Purdue quarterbacks Jack Plummer (13) and Austin Burton on Nov. 28, 2020 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.
Purdue head coach Jeff Brohm talks with Purdue quarterbacks Jack Plummer (13) and Austin Burton on Nov. 28, 2020 at Ross-Ade Stadium in West Lafayette.

Checking in at 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Plummer has appeared in 33 games (24 starts) during his five seasons at the collegiate level. The Arizona native owns a 63.7% career completion rating with 6,500 yards with 47 touchdowns to boot. And, during his final season with the Golden Bears, he had five games with three or more touchdown passes and finished 16th in the country with an average of 23.5 completions per contest.

As for other areas of emphasis in the portal, Brohm said he's always looking for offensive linemen to protect his quarterbacks and defensive linemen to wreak havoc on opposing signal-callers.

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Continue hammering South Florida

Louisville football 2023 signee Stanquan Clark poses for a picture. Clark, who transferred to Miami Central for his senior season, was one of 12 high schoolers to sign with the Cardinals when the early window opened Dec. 21, 2022.
Louisville football 2023 signee Stanquan Clark poses for a picture. Clark, who transferred to Miami Central for his senior season, was one of 12 high schoolers to sign with the Cardinals when the early window opened Dec. 21, 2022.

Three of Louisville's 12 high school signees in the 2023 class are South Florida natives, including four-star linebacker Stanquan Clark.

"Without question, Stanquan at the middle linebacker position is a phenomenal talent," Brohm said of the 6-2, 215-pound Miami product. "We had to battle a lot of really good teams to get him here."

There's still work to be done in the talent-filled Sunshine State for Brohm and his staff after breathing a sigh of relief when Clark donned a Louisville hat Wednesday afternoon. The Cardinals have made a habit of poaching — and developing — South Florida prospects (see: Lamar Jackson, Teddy Bridgewater and "Tutu" Atwell), and Brohm wants that to continue now that he's at the helm.

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"We want to make sure that we do an even better job next year," he said. "Anybody that wants to come up to this university to play from down South, we want to make it happen."

This plan for the 2024 class came to life in a video posted to Twitter on Wednesday night. In it, a plane (now synonymous with the 2023 haul's "Flyville" moniker) soars over a sign for the city of Miami. As it passes, the sign changes colors from the Hurricanes' orange and green to red.

Louisville's lone commit in the Class of 2024, four-star running back Isaac Brown, hails from Homestead, Florida, which is located in Miami-Dade County. The Cardinals have also extended scholarship offers to more than a dozen other seniors-to-be across the Sunshine State, according to 247Sports.

Battle for the Bluegrass State

St. Xavier defensive end Micah Carter is joined by his family as he signs his National Letter of Intent to play with Louisville during a signing ceremony at St. Xavier high school. Dec. 21, 2022
St. Xavier defensive end Micah Carter is joined by his family as he signs his National Letter of Intent to play with Louisville during a signing ceremony at St. Xavier high school. Dec. 21, 2022

There were no Kentucky natives in Louisville's 2023 class when Brohm inherited the haul less than two weeks ago. But it didn't take long for that to change.

When the first day of the early signing period came to a close, the Cardinals had added four players who grew up playing high school football in the commonwealth.

One, incoming Stanford transfer and former four-star recruit Stephen Herron Jr., suited up for Trinity — just like his new head coach. Another, top 2023 in-state prospect Micah Carter, took the field for the Shamrocks' archrival, St. Xavier.

When those grudges are put aside, Brohm has seen firsthand what Kentuckians are capable of accomplishing when they join forces at U of L. Recruiting his home state is so much of a priority — for the coach and fanbase alike — that it came up during Brohm's introductory news conference.

Henderson County's Saadiq Clements (48) celebrates a defensive stop against Apollo during the Colonels' 6A Round 1 playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Eagle Stadium in Owensboro, Ky. Clements signed to play for the University of Louisville on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.
Henderson County's Saadiq Clements (48) celebrates a defensive stop against Apollo during the Colonels' 6A Round 1 playoff game on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at Eagle Stadium in Owensboro, Ky. Clements signed to play for the University of Louisville on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022.

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Looking forward to future classes Wednesday, Brohm said he plans to use the same strategy as Schnellenberger.

"The surrounding three- to four-hour radius, we're going to make sure that we leave no stone unturned," he said. "We give everybody that we think can make a difference the opportunity to come here and compete at this university and help us win football games."

Brohm has connections with high school coaches around Kentucky, and those in his hometown were especially excited to learn the news of his homecoming. Up the road in Lexington, Mark Stoops and the Wildcats have been landing some of the commonwealth's best — while 11 others chose to sign with Brohm to Purdue — but recruiting coordinator Vince Marrow told The Courier Journal before the early signing period that Brohm's return is going to "up the game."

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"This was such a quick turnaround of getting here and getting around (to see) our commitments and a few others we thought we could add," Brohm said. "We weren't able to to get out as much as you normally would in the spring or even in the January contact period to all the schools around the area (and) in this state, but that definitely will happen here soon."

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: Louisville football recruiting: What Jeff Brohm said about 2023 class