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Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling breaks down where Louisville is trending with its top football targets in the Class of 2017

Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling breaks down where the University of Louisville is trending with its top football targets remaining in the Class of 2017 with just over two months left until national signing day.

The University of Louisville football recruiting class is quickly filling up.

The Cardinals have a top 20 ranking currently for the Class of 2017 with 23 prospects on board. U of L is expected to sign just 24 players on national signing day in February,

But the Cardinals are still in on a number of top prospects. As far as number are concerned, I would expect the Cardinals to take one more defensive lineman and two more offensive linemen in the class.

Here's a look at how the Louisville staff is trending with some of its top remaining targets. NOTE: These are not the only players the Cardinals are still recruiting for the Class of 2017.

Gadsden, Ala., City High School offensive tackle Toryque Bateman would be another huge addition to the class for the Cardinals. He has been on campus and sounds like he will pledge to the Cardinals. He's another 6-foot-8, 300-pound lineman who can help the Cardinals right away. The focus has been getting bigger, strong prospects who are ready to compete and Bateman is one of those.

North Augusta, S.C., standout Tre Lawson is considered the top defensive end prospect in the state of South Carolina. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound three-star prospect de-committed from Tennessee earlier this week and a day later had already scheduled a visit to U of L. He jumped up into one of the top targets for the Cardinals and will visit in January.

Louisville already has three Scout300 members in the class and would love to add a fourth - Miami Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Kadeem Telfort. The four-star standout said earlier in the week that he was 85 percent going to Florida, where he's been committed. But he recently visited Louisville and we've heard there's more than a small chance the Cardinals get him to flip.

Louisville has made some in-roads with Highland Springs, Va., offensive lineman Mekhi Becton and his recruitment with the Cardinals is heating up. The 6-foot-7, 345-pound Becton is also looking at Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Michigan State.

Miramar, Fla., safety Brian Edwards has been a possible U of L commitment from the moment he de-committed from Miami in October. The Cardinals have a nice connection to the program and his teammate Kaheem Roach is already committed in this class. He has already visited Colorado and still has trips to U of L, Syracuse and Miami left before signing day.

Another four-star offensive lineman, Chandler has three visits set up - Louisville, Florida and Iowa State - and the Cardinals have been in the mix with the Jefferson, Ga., native for a while now. He's the third-ranked offensive guard in the state of Georgia and we'll gauge the recruitment more as we get closer to his visit but at this point there's a shot for the Cardinals.

Dodge City Community College linebacker Gary Johnson is a former Alabama commitment and has been to Arizona State. Expect him to take three more visits, including one to Louisville. The Cards are still right there with Johnson.

Roswell, Ga., offensive lineman Jordan Tucker would be a nice addition to the class but will there be room? The Cards are seemingly the leaders for the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Tucker but could be out of OL spots by his Jan. 14 visit.

Another standout from Booker T. Washington in South Florida, Thomas is currently committed to Nebraska. He will visit the Cornhuskers and has already been to Maryland but his Jan. 13 trip to Louisville could be a key visit for the three-star defensive end if the Cards can take him.

Jackson, Miss., Callaway High School four-star defensive end Aaron Odom has a visit set up for Louisville but is committed to Mississippi State and recently reported he was "solid" on that commitment. The Cardinals will have a lot of work to do on that visit to flip Odom.

North Carolina commitment Malik Robinson made a visit to Louisville last week and all indications were the visit went great from both sides. But when the numbers shake out, I'm not sure Louisville will have room to take Robinson.

Pinellas Park, Fla., massive nose guard Jordon Scott made an official visit to Louisville recently and gave the Cardinals rave reviews. But it sounds like Scott at over 350 pounds he wasn't what the staff was looking for at that position.

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