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
In: Jawon Pass
Note: Pass is visiting U of L this weekend and the 4-star QB is solid.
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.
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.
In: Austin Cummins
Out: Darrel Middleton
Note: Some chatter about Middleton visiting, but I think they stick with Cummins.
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.
In: Austin Johnson
Out: Alex Barbir
Note: Johnson will be an excellent punter; Barbir committed to Penn State.
In: Kordell Slater, Caleb Tillman, Mike Boykin.
Out: Eric Mitchell.
Note: The three committed at this point will be the three the Cards sign.
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.
In: Chris Williams, Derek Dorsey
Note: All good with those two guys already committed.
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.
In: Ronald Walker
Out: Armunz Matthews, Baylen Buchanan
Note: Walker is already enrolled.