Louisville Makes Top 10 for Elite ’24 CB Jaylen Mbakwe

Louisville Makes Top 10 for Elite ’24 CB Jaylen Mbakwe

The two-way player from Alabama is among the most promising prospects in the country.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Louisville football is currently in the midst of their hottest recruiting stretch in program history, and the staff is making sure that momentum will continue to carry past the 2023 cycle.

Jaylen Mbakwe, a two-way player for Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville that plays mainly on the defensive side of the ball in the secondary, announced his top 10 schools on Sunday with the Cardinals in the mix. Alabama, Notre Dame of Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, Auburn as well as Florida State, Michigan State, Ole Miss, Florida State, Florida State, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Florida State are all in the running.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete is one of the top prospects in the Class of 2024, ranking as high as the No. 22 player in the cycle, according to the 247Sports composite. He is also the No. He’s also the No. 1 prospect in Alabama and the No. 3 cornerback.

Mbakwe, a Swiss Army Knife, was a Clay-Chalkville sophomore. He took snaps in all three phases, including cornerback, wide receiver, and return man. He logged six pass deflections with two interceptions on defense, along with 36 receptions for 677 yards and nine touchdowns on offense. As a kick and punt returner, he amassed 497 yards on 39 returns.

He helped Clay-Chalkville go a perfect 15-0 in 2021, winning the Class 6A State Championship in the process. Incoming Louisville freshman, Khalib Johnson, was Mbakwe’s quarterback for two seasons.

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Mbakwe also participates in track & field. As a freshman, he ran a 10. 76 second 100-meter dash, and a 22. 56 second 200-meter dash.

Louisville doesn’t have any commits in the 2024 cycle, but their 2023 class is on pace to be the best in school history. The Cardinals are ranked No.1 in the nation, with DeAndre Moore Jr., Aaron Williams, and Pierce Clarkson as their leaders. 12 class in the nation.

(Photo of Jaylen Mbakwe via Twitter)

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