Louisville continued its hot streak on the recruiting trail on Oct. 24 by landing Greenwood, Ind., multi-purpose standout Russ Yeast.
A star wide receiver and cornerback at Center Grove High School, Yeast (5-11, 180 lbs) is a consensus 3-star prospect. He is listed as the No. 397 player in the 2017 class in 247Sports’ composite rankings.
Some might have thought that Yeast would be a lock for Kentucky, where his father, Craig, was a star wide receiver. But the younger Yeast elected to chart his own path and play for Kentucky’s biggest gridiron rival.
Louisville established itself as the team to beat for Yeast in July, approximately a month after Yeast decommitted from Kentucky. Yeast pledged to the Wildcats back in the summer of 2015, but he kept taking visits before ultimately reopening his recruitment.
Yeast, whom the Cardinals project as a cornerback, combines excellent quickness and natural ability with solid football bloodlines. Longtime Louisville commit T.J. Jallow decommitted from Louisville on the heels of Yeast’s official visit.
With Jallow’s decommitment from the Cards and Yeast’s addition, Louisville is up to 22 commitments, with just a couple remaining spots for open. In a year where the Cardinals were looking to load up in the secondary, the program could have as many as seven projected freshman defensive backs for the 2017 season.