Louisville football set to add seven players

The University of Louisville is expected to add as many as seven players to its roster on Wednesday, the first day of the national signing period for junior-college football players and early high school graduates who plan on enrolling in January. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the prospects expected to sign.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said on Tuesday that he was "very proud" of his staff for the recruiting efforts they have given the program.

Petrino said the success on the field is showing in recruiting.

And the first true sign of that is expected on Wednesday when the Cardinals are expected to sign as many as seven newcomers on the first day of the national signing period for junior-college football players and early high school graduates who plan on enrolling in January.

"Our staff has been great, what they've been doing, how hard they've been working," Petrino said. "And it's not just the last two weeks, it's over an extended period of time since we got here last year, getting to know juniors and sophomores. We've just got to keep pounding at it, and hopefully we'll do a good job on signing day.

Among the early haul will be two players who are graduating this week from their respective high schools and will enroll next month - Jaire Alexander and Traveon Samuel.

Alexander is a three-star cornerback from Mint Hill, N.C., Rocky River High School who had been committed to South Carolina but recently flipped to U of L.

Samuel is a three-star athlete from Phenix City, Ala., Central High School who has already signed his paperwork and been announced as a signee by the Cardinals.

Among the five junior-college players will be three members of the Scout100 listing of top JUCO players in the country - Tim Cook, Khalil Hunter and Paul Harris.

Cook is a 6-foot-1, 236-pound running back from Eastern Arizona who is listed as the No. 61 JUCO prospect in the country, while his teammate - Hunter - is a 6-foot-4, 305-pound offensive lineman listed as the No. 83 prospect.

Harris, a former player at Tennessee for one season, is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound wide receiver who spent this season at Iowa Western. He's listed as the No. 75 JUCO prospect despite missing almost all of this season with an injury.

Fresno, Calif., City running back Jeremy Smith and Pearl River Community College defensive end Drew Bailey both committed this week and will sign.

All seven players are expected to enroll next month and would be eligible to participate in spring practices with the Cardinals.


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