When the Louisville football group begins fall camp Wednesday, it’s going to achieve this with out the highest-rated broad receiver prospect to signal with the Cardinals’ 2022 recruiting class.
Four-star wideout Devaughn Mortimer has not but enrolled at U of L, head coach Scott Satterfield confirmed Tuesday in the course of the Cards’ media day. On Feb. 9, the 18-year-old was arrested on a felony battery cost in his native Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in response to paperwork obtained by the Courier Journal.
Satterfield mentioned Mortimer’s standing “(is) nonetheless unknown at this level” and the group “ought to get perhaps some readability over the following couple of weeks.” According to courtroom paperwork, the broad receiver was sentenced to a yr of probation on June 10 however might switch that probation to Kentucky. He is not eligible for early termination.
Mortimer’s arrest quotation alleges he elbowed a feminine within the face on Feb. 8 whereas they have been sitting in a automobile at Dillard High School, the place he starred on each the Panthers’ football and monitor and area groups. The blow allegedly prompted “a laceration to her backside lip that required a number of stitches to shut” and broke two of the woman’s entrance enamel.
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Mortimer and the sufferer had been relationship for about 9 months when the alleged incident occurred, in response to his arrest quotation. In later courtroom paperwork, the feminine is recognized as a minor.
Mortimer pleaded not responsible to the felony battery cost in March, however courtroom paperwork present he amended that plea to no contest on June 10. His probation started July 9 and requires him to finish a 13-week anger administration course and 100 hours of group service. .
Mortimer, who initially dedicated to Florida State, stunned many on nationwide signing day in December when he placed on a Louisville hat and introduced his plans to play for the Cardinals.
Explaining his resolution to Marcus Benjamin of Rivals.com, the broad receiver mentioned the Seminoles “did not actually present me an excessive amount of the kind of offensive scheme that I match into.” As for U of L, Mortimer mentioned Satterfield and firm “will help me get higher as not simply an athlete however a greater younger man.”
After finishing his remaining season on the gridiron for Dillard final fall, Mortimer was the No. 51 broad receiver prospect and No. 336 total expertise within the Class of 2022, in response to 247Sports’ composite rankings. The broad receiver’s signing day profile on U of L Athletics’ official web site says he caught 24 passes for 318 yards and 5 touchdowns in the course of the Panthers’ 2021 season, which ended after six video games as a result of the group opted out of the Florida High School Athletic Association playoffs .
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Mortimer was simply one in every of 4 broad receivers to signal with Louisville’s 2022 recruiting class. The others, three-star prospects Chris Bell, Chance Morrow and Maurice Turner, have enrolled on the college and shall be taking part in fall camp. The Cardinals additionally added two wideouts by means of the switch portal this offseason — Tyler Hudson, previously of Central Arkansas, and ex-Miami Hurricane Dee Wiggins — after dropping Jordan Watkins to Ole Miss and Tyler Harrell to Alabama.
Returning members of the receiving corps embody: Braden Smith; Ahmari Huggins-Bruce; Josh Johnson; Bradley West; Jatavian Churchill; Christian Henry; Elijah Downing and Jaelin Carter.
“It’s going to be completely different at broad receiver this yr, however I do assume that it is a fantastic combine of fellows,” Satterfield mentioned Tuesday. “We have pace; we now have measurement; we now have guys that may catch throughout the center; we now have guys that may knock off the highest.”
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