The University of Louisville football team received one of its most highly regarded commitments of the 2016 recruiting class on Tuesday from four-star Montgomery, Ala., outside linebacker P.J. Blue, who’s had scholarship offers from most of the top teams in the South. He likely will play safety in college.
Blue, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound player for Park Crossing High School, is rated the No. 127 senior nationally by Rivals.com, positioning him to be the highest-ranked high school recruit to sign with U of L, according to that site, since Bobby Petrino was rehired as coach.
Blue is rated the No. 12 outside linebacker nationally by Rivals and the No. 4 player in Alabama.
As of early Tuesday evening, U of L’s 22-man class was ranked No. 19 nationally and No. 3 in the ACC by Rivals with the Cards having three four-star pledges (Blue, safety Jaquelle Green and quarterback Jawon Pass). Blue and Green (No. 231) are positioned to be Petrino’s first Rivals250 signees since he was rehired.
Blue is rated the No. 23 outside linebacker nationally by 247Sports.com and, according to that site,is the second-best commitment on U of L’s list, behind Pass.
Blue, who withdrew a pledge from South Carolina in October, also claimed offers from Clemson, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Kentucky, Nebraska and others.
Blue was recruited primarily for U of L by defensive line coach L.D. Scott, an Auburn, Ala., native who has repeated success landing players from his home state, including highly regarded 2015 prospects Traveon Samuel, Dee Smith, Amonte Caban and Kenny Thomas.
Rivals.com Southeast analyst Woody Wommack said Blue is a mobile linebacker who can cover well in space and has the chance to be a major playmaker for U of L.