The University of Louisville football staff is welcoming newcomers this weekend, including 13 walks-ons into the Cardinals' program

The University of Louisville football staff is welcoming a bunch of newcomers this weekend, including 13 players who will walk-on with the Cardinals. Here's a look at the listing of players expected to walk on and when they will arrive on campus.

There are no rankings for a class of walk-ons in college football.

But if there was such a thing, the University of Louisville's incoming class would be a 5-star crop.

The Cardinals' staff has put together a very impressive - and large - group of walk-ons, including players from five different states that includes eight different positions on the football field.

The class is expected to be 15 players when fall camp begins. Cardinal Authority has confirmed with those 15 players that 13 will arrive on campus this weekend and begin workouts with the team - and class - on Tuesday.

"I'm so excited," Collins long snapper/offensive lineman Kyle Goss said.

The walk-on class includes 10 players from the state of Kentucky, including Trinity linebacker Vincent Lococo and offensive lineman Max Martin, St. Xavier linebacker Ethan Adams and Male defensive tackle Tony Smyzer.

Lococo had 27 tackles, including a 10 for losses (3.5 sacks), an interception, three pass breakups and a fumble recovery for the Shamrocks as a senior, while Martin was a three-year starter on the offensive line. Adams had 35 tackles and an interception for St. X, while Smyzer helped Male to the 6-A state title and was sixth on the team with 36 tackles.

Goss has  been committed to the Cardinals for a while and will be a nice addition to the speciality group as a long snapper, along with Paducah Tilghman long snapper Luke Massad. Fort Thomas Highlands defensive tackle Tyler Robinson, who had eight sacks as a senior for the Bluebirds, is also in the walk-on group, along with Bellevue linebacker Cameron Chase. As a senior, Chase had two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, 80 tackles and 998 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing the ball on offense.

Cooper defensive lineman Marcus Watson and Leslie County offensive lineman Blake Asher both will arrive in August. Watson had 74 tackles, four fumble recoveries and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Metea Valley running back Maurice Burkley and Hinsdale quarterback Sean McCormack are the two walk-on players from Illinois. Burkley starred on both sides of the ball as a senior, garnering All-State and All-Area honors.  He rushed for 1,000-yards and six touchdowns this past season and was a key member of Metea Valley's defensive backfield. McCormack threw for more than 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns, while completing 62 percent of his attempts.  In the process he set new school career and single season records while helping Hinsdale South to the state semifinals.

The kicker in the class is Austin Laszewski from Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade-Madonna. He made 3 of 4 field goals as a senior and missed just one extra-point attempt, while getting a touchback on 40 of 46 kickoff attempts.

The other two walk-ons are Bishop Hartley, Ohio, linebacker Reese Melton and Lincoln, Wash., wide receiver Troy Petershon.

All of the walk-ons - except Asher and Watson - arrived on campus either Sunday or will come in on Monday.

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