Mark Psonak contributed to this report.
On Monday, Louisville hit a host from the portal transfer by landing a player with a last name we are all familiar with.
Former Nebraska defender Luke McCaffrey, younger brother of the Carolina Panthers star Christian McCaffrey, showed some promise last season mainly as a runner from QB place and he will take his talents to Louisville. Here is a breakdown.
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Dialing: Desired recruit, McCaffrey landed in Nebraska over Michigan, Duke and several others and was considered a big win in recruiting Scott Frostbite and its staff.
Like Cornhusker: While ranked as an athlete, McCaffrey entered Lincoln as a quarterback and was primarily a reserve during his time at Huskers. For two seasons, he threw 608 yards with three touchdowns and six interceptions. He also had 530 yards, hurrying with four touchdowns.
Get Farrell: McCaffrey got his chance at QB this season and looked good while managing the ball, but he is not an elite passer when it comes to accuracy or decision making. With his last name and athletic ability, he will be a weapon for Louisville, but can be first as a runner and in special packaging. It can be used as Tysom Hill is with the saints of New Orleans.
Impact assessment: 5.3 of 1
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The transfer portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters, so we at Rivals.com continue to develop our coverage. Each time a note player enters the portal, we will explore their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact assessment both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is 1-10 and the description below explains the rating scale.
1.1-4.0 – No big impact is expected, probably a non-starter and a player at the depth of the bench.
4.1 – 6.0 – A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to fight for initial work.
6.1-9.0. – A player with great impact who will not change the program, but will certainly be a very good collaborator and beginner.
9.1 – 9.9 – A player with a very strong impact, who must start the moment he enters the field and will immediately change the perspective of the program.
10 – Transferring a franchise that has a chance to be all-American and one of the elite players in college football.