CardinalAuthority.com provides our projections as to how the University of Louisville football staff will finish its 2016 recruiting class.

CardinalAuthority.com provides our projections as to how the University of Louisville football staff will finish its recruiting class of 2016. The Cardinals currently have 20 verbal commitments. Signing day is Feb 3.

With national signing day just seven days away, CardinalAuthority.com provides our projections as to how we believe the University of Louisville will round out its current class of football recruits.

We'll update this mock class again several times before signing day on Feb. 3.

The Cardinals currently have 20 verbal commitments in the Class of 2016 with two of those commitments considered "soft"commitments. We expect the Cardinals will sign a class of 24.

So, here's the way we see it breaking down as of now:

Class of 2016 Mock Class

Quarterback

In: Jawon Pass

Out: Finished.

Note: Pass is visiting U of L this weekend and the 4-star QB is solid.

Running back

In: Malik Staples, Dae Williams, Malik Williams

Out: Arkeem Byrd, Brian Lankford-Johnson, Justin Crawford.

Note: Staples is in but still list as a 'soft' commitment, while Dae Williams committed last week; we expect Malik Williams will commit after a weekend visit to UAB and will be the third back in the class.

Wide receiver

In: Chris Taylor-Yamanoha, Keion Wakefield, Seth Dawkins.

Out: Dez Fitzpatrick, Freddie Pinder.

Note: Fitzpatrick is visiting this weekend and the Cards are in position to pull off the re-commit; but Nebraska still favored at this point.

Tight end

In: Austin Cummins

Out: Darrel Middleton

Note: Some chatter about Middleton visiting, but I think they stick with Cummins.

Offensive line

In: Robbie Bell, Shane Richards

Out: Paul Ramirez, Tyler Roemer

Note: Ramirez and Richards will make decisions this weekend; just a hunch on Richards. Also interested to see what the staff does with James DeMatto, who wants to be part of the class.

Special teams

In: Austin Johnson

Out: Alex Barbir

Note: Johnson will be an excellent punter; Barbir committed to Penn State.

Defensive end

In: Kordell Slater, Caleb Tillman, Mike Boykin.

Out: Eric Mitchell.

Note: The three committed at this point will be the three the Cards sign.

Linebacker

In: Tabarius Peterson, Tobias Little, Emmett Rice

Out: Chris Baccus, Giovanni LaFrance, Kapri Doucet, Erroll Thompson

Note: Little committed last week; the hope was to sign one more with Rice and Thompson visiting this weekend.

Defensive line

In: Chris Williams, Derek Dorsey

Out: Finished

Note: All good with those two guys already committed.

Safety

In: P.J. Blue, Lamarques Thomas, London Iakopo, Chris Tooley.

Out:  Josh Moran, Rodjay Burns, Jaquelle Green, James Wiggins

Note: Green isn't going to make a visit, which tells me he won't be part of the class; we expect Iakopo and Tooley to join the class.

Cornerback

In: Ronald Walker

Out: Armunz Matthews, Baylen Buchanan

Note: Walker is already enrolled.


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