With more than 20 prospects expected on campus tonight for the opener, the Miami game has turned into an important game for recruiting.
Cardinal Authority takes a look at each of the prospects expected to make a visit to U of L for the game tonight:
Mikal Ballard, S, Seneca: The 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety committed to Austin Peay in May and is also getting looks from WKU, UK and Nebraska among others. Ballard also played wide receiver and runs a 4.45 40-yard dash.
Arien Beasley, RB, North Oldham: The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Beasley was fifth in the state last season with 1,434 yards and 16 touchdowns. He had 135 yards and three TDs in a win over Oldham County last week. No reports of any offers just yet.
Jarius Brents, DB/WR, Manual: The 5-foot-10, 190-pound Brents, a member of the Class of 2018, picked up a scholarship offer from Kentucky when he was in the seventh-grade.
Donald Brooks, RB, Trinity: Brooks is the feature back at Trinity and has 211 yards rushing and three TDs in two games. He ran for almost 1,000 yards last season and was at U of L for the Spring Game and several other times.
Blanton Creque, K/P, Collins: One of three kickers visiting, Creque is the best in the state of Kentucky this season. He's also looking at Kentucky and Stanford.
Nick Dawson, LB, McDonough, Ga., Eagles Landing: The 6-foot-2, 215-pound linebacker is one of the top recruits on this list. He favors U of L over Illinois, Cincinnati, Iowa State and some others.
Jensen Feggins, Warren Central: Perhaps the state's top senior wide receiver, Feggins played last season at Highlands. He has some smaller offers but has "stayed in contact" with the U of L coaches and is excited about the visit. He was here this winter for a visit.
Sean Hammonds, LB, Ballard: The Ball State commitment has been to U of L several times and will make the return appearance.
Tyron Horton, DE, Manual: The 6-foot-4,255-pound Horton has committed to Western Kentucky but is generating some other interest after a solid start to the season.
Drake Jackson, OL, Woodford County: Ranked as the No. 1 center in the Class of 2016, Jackson has offers from U of L, UK, Alabama, Tennessee and Vandy among others. He's ranked as the No. 85 player nationally in '16.
Aldwin Jackson, CB, Seneca: Another Western Kentucky commitment, Jackson picked the Hilltoppers over Ohio, Toledo, Ball State and Tennessee State and several others.
Ramone Kelly, LB, Doss: The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Kelly has some interest from the Cardinals, Indiana and others.
Davis Mattingly, QB, Male: Mattingly threw for over 3,000 yards last season and led the Bulldogs to the Class 6-A state semifinals. The top senior QB in the state?
Jacob Lafree, K, Plymouth, Ind.: Top kicker in Indiana also looking at Indiana, Syracuse, Western Michigan, Indianapolis and several others.
Graham Lawrence, OL, Trigg County: A 6-foot-5, 310-pound lineman from Western Kentucky, Lawrence is starting to generate some chatter in the recruiting circles.
Michael Nero, RB, Manual: Has an offer from Toledo but interest from the Cardinals, Cincinnati, Indiana and some others.
Kareem Orr, RB, Chattanooga, Tenn., Notre Dame: U of L commitment is expected at a few games this season. Will sign in November.
Tucker Smith, K, Blythewood, S.C.: The third kicker among the group of recruits, Smith is consistent and also punts.
Trey Smith, RB, Madison, Miss.: A chance he may commit on the visit, Smith is the son of former NFL wide receiver Jimmy Smith.
Keshawn Vaughn, RB, Nashville, Tenn.: One of the top backs in the state of Tennessee, Vaughn visited Vandy on Thursday and will see the U of L campus on Monday.
Keion Wakefield, WR, Male: One of the state's elite players, a member of the Class of 2016 Wakefield didn't get a ton of attention from the previous staff at U of L.
Devon Wharton, S, Christian County: Wharton has a few offers but from smaller schools. He's on the uptick and has improved a lot heading into his senior season.
Mykelti Williams, S, Indianapolis: Another prospect on commitment watch, Williams has favored the Cardinals for a while.