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Columbus 4-star defensive end TJ Capers reclassifies to Class of 2023 and will enroll at Louisville

Capers will forgo the 2024 season at Columbus and reclassify to 2023 and enroll early with Cardinals
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MIAMI, FLORIDA- A big piece to the defensive puzzle at Columbus High School will noticeably not be lining up in the front seven this fall. 

That’s because he will be graduating early and attending college instead. 

According to Jody Demling of 247Sports, Columbus defensive end TJ Capers will be reclassifying to the 2023 class and enrolling early at the University of Louisville and will be eligible to play this fall. Capers committed to the Cardinals back on January 7 of this year. 

Losing Capers on the defensive side of the ball is eased somewhat by the addition of Willis McGahee IV, who transferred over from Miami Palmetto, over the offseason. McGahee is a 4-star-rated linebacker and has already committed to Nebraska. 

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Capers helped the Explorers capture the Class 4M state championship over Apopka last season and had a strong campaign for head coach Dave Dunn. The front seven defenders totaled 40 tackles and five sacks in 2022. 

The Explorers head into the 2023 season as the favorites to repeat as Class 4M state champions as they return a number of key players, including quarterback Alberto Mendoza, a James Madison commitment. 

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