Louisville football received great news today with the signing of Jermayne Lole. Louisville gets a nose tackle for his defensive line and one of the top transfers of the entire 2022 cycle. Lole comes to Louisville from Arizona State, where he had 122 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks in just 27 games over three seasons. He planned visits to Florida, Oregon, Texas Tech and USC, but the expectation is he will no longer accept those visits.
Lole is a 6-2/305 defensive lineman who will almost certainly start at the nose tackle spot for the Cards. He played defensive end when he first arrived at ASU but was moved to a defensive tackle spot after two seasons. He hasn’t missed a shot in 2020 as his per-game numbers are at previous years’ levels despite the season being curtailed by Covid-19.
The Louisville staff fell as soon as Lole hit the portal. The fact that Cards got its first visit is probably due to the quick work of the staff and it must have paid off. Lole could have chosen any of the schools on his list and probably many more who would like him. UofL was able to sell him when he came into a defense as a key player, bringing in parts to help him take the next step forward.
I detailed last week how Lole’s versatility could help Louisville, but it should be noted that it’s helping Lole, too. NFL scouts would love to see a man play every position on the defensive line and play it well. Lole has demonstrated the ability to knock the passer off the ledge, punching guards as a 3 technique, and adjusting his role as the game progresses. Now he can show he can take on doubles teams as a nose in a 3-4 scheme, with the ability to move outward and rush the passer.
Louisville has depth on the defensive line, but much of that depth is very young. The starters will be key, but there are some real unknowns when it comes to the rotation types, as well as types they must use in subpackages. Adding a man like Lole allows the staff to pair the younger men with a veteran, giving you more experience on the field. Lole also demands attention from the offensive line. Opposing teams might be forced to shift their extra protection to Lole as opposed to Yasir Abdullah or Ashton Gillotte.
There are a lot of options when you add a player like Lole and it’s just nice to know the staff pulled it off. Lole was looking for a good NIL situation if he would leave ASU, signaling that UofL is doing well in the NIL market. This could play a role in both high school recruitment and current player retention.
This is just another example of how the workforce is turning the tide when it comes to recruiting. UofL added several transfers during this cycle that were among the top rated players in their positions. Tyler Hudson and Tiyon Evans are likely to play key roles on offense, while Lole and Quincy Riley should really improve defense. When you add the other items they added, it’s fair to say that the staff have shown they can recruit on the portal.