There were plenty of smiles around the University of Louisville football complex on Thursday.
And for good reason.
Less than a month from national signing day, the Cardinals had a five-star day as four U of L juniors who asked for their NFL evaluations announed they were coming back to school. The Cardinals will get safety Josh Harvey-Clemons, defensive tackle DeAngelo Brown and linebackers Keith Kelsey and Devonte Fields back.
"We want to win an ACC Championship and get our degrees," Fields said.
Each player submitted evaluation papers for the NFL Draft, but none received a first or second round projection. Kelsey said they were all advised by friends and family to return to school.
"We have a chance to be a really good team next season," Kelsey said. "We have a lot of players returning and with the young players stepping up, we have an opportunity to have a great season, but it starts in the offseason."
Kelsey was the team's top returning tackler this season with 107 stops and had 194 over the past two seasons.
Fields returns after a huge end to his season. He finished with 11 sacks, 63 tackles and 22.5 tackles for a loss.
"I knew that I was going to come back to school," Fields said.
Harvey-Clemons started all 13 games and had 88 tackles and three interceptions, while Brown had 40 tackles and 6.5 tackles for a loss.
"I talked it over with my family and coaches," Harvey-Clemons said. "I really didn't have the season that I wanted to have. I feel like I can do a lot better. Once these guys told me they were coming back it was a no brainer for me."