Louisville adds big-time WR group

One of the major needs for the University of Louisville football team in this recruiting class was at the wide receiver position and the Cardinals are elated with the five players they signed at that position. Cardinal Authority takes a look at the wide receiver spot.

University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said towards the end of the season that his staff was working hard to try and replenish the wide receiver group.

The Cardinals were hurt by graduation and Petrino said they needed help.

And now the have it on the way. Louisville has signed five wide receivers in the new class, including two players who have already enrolled.

Former Tennessee receiver Paul Harris and Phenix Central, Ala., standout Traveon Samuel have already enrolled and will participate in spring ball. Four-star Devante Peete, Jaylen Smith and Emonee Spence all three signed on Wednesday.

The five players in the grouping will make up one of the top 10 wide receiver hauls in the country. It will ranks as one of the best U of L incoming groups in a long time.

The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Peete is the highest-ranked prospect in the group as the No. 41 wide receiver in the country.

Peete helped Fort Lauderdale, Fla., St. Thomas Aquinas to the school's eighth state title this past season, 21 passes for 388 yards and five TDs. Several newspapers in the South Florida area refer to him as a member of the "area's most talented receiving corps."

As a junior, Peete caught 17 passes for 387 yards and 10 TDs. He was used as a wide receiver and also some as a tight end.

Jaylen Smith is one of four 'Smith's' signed in the U of L class and is ranked as the No. 101 receiver in the class.

Smith was an all-purpose guy at Pascagoula, Miss., but should be a nice target at U of L and could play both inside and outside receiver.

Spence is a former Miami commitment who visited the Cardinals two weeks ago and committed before leaving campus.

The 6-foot-3 Spence played for former Florida State star Devin Bush - an ex-teammate of Terrell Buckley's - at Flanagan High School in Pembroke Pines, Fla. Spence hauled in 39 catches for 700 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior.

Harris is ranked as the No. 75 junior-college player in the nation by Scout.com and has already enrolled at U of L. He spent a year at Tennessee before going to Iowa Western this past season where he sat out with an injury.

With three years of eligibility left, Harris was a consensus Maryland All-State selection in 2012 after totaling 32 receptions for 732 yards and 11 touchdowns to help lead Frederick Douglass to a second-consecutive Class 2A state runner-up finish as a senior. As a junior, Harris totaled 39 receptions for 735 yards and 12 TDs.

Harris played in five games at Tennessee as a freshman.

Samuel appeared in 10 games this season during his senior season, accounting for 1,764 all-purpose yards. He rushed 111 times for 861 yards and 11 scores, while catching 39 passes for 553 yards and three touchdowns.

During his junior season in 2013, Samuel racked up 781 rushing yards, 452 receiving yards and 24 total touchdowns. As a sophomore, Samuel totaled 823 yards on the ground and 19 touchdowns, while catching 43 passes for 734 yards and five touchdowns.

There's plenty of talent in this group.


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