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Louisville's football Class of 2017 already includes eight players in the secondary and two of the eight are four-star prospects

The University of Louisville's recruiting Class of 2017 for the football staff is heavy on players to fill some voids in the secondary. The Cardinals already have eight commitments for the secondary, including two four-star prospects.

University of Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said during the Cardinals' media day before the season that one issue with the defense was going to be depth in the secondary.

And that has proven to be a problem with some injuries in the latter part of the season.

But moving forward the U of L staff is trying to get rid of that problem by recruiting a lot of bodies - and a ton of talent - in the secondary for the Class of 2017. Louisville currently has eight players committed to play in the secondary.

Two of the last five commitments for the Cardinals have been four-star top 300 prospects from the secondary.

The latest commitment came on Wednesday night when four-star C.J. Avery from Grenada, Miss., made his commitment to the Cardinals. He's expected to sign in the next week or so and enroll in January with the Cardinals.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Avery is ranked as the No. 228 player in the country and checks in at No. 22 at the safety position. Avery s expected to come in and because he will participate in spring practice compete for a starting spot as a freshman.

Greenwood, Ind., Center Grove standout Russ Yeast is listed as the No. 23 athlete in the country and the No. 273 player overall, but the plan for the Cardinals is to use him in the secondary to start his career.

Yeast has been compared to current U of L star sophomore Jaire Alexander because of his athleticism.

Another early enrollee who can help in the secondary will be Lyn Strange.

The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Strange is from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee, Fla., and is expected to enroll in January and also participate in spring ball. Strange ranks as the No. 100 safety in the country.

Strange can use his size and physicality to help him get on the field early at U of L.

Two of the Cardinals earlier commitments were cornerbacks ranked in the top 113.

Miramar, Fla., standout Kaheem Roach is ranked as the No. 112 prospect at cornerback, while Fort Smith, Ark., Northside standout Tre Norwood checks in as the No. 113 prospect.

The other three safety prospects are also talented athletes.

Cincinnati LaSalle standout TreSean Smith led his high school team to back-to-back state titles and was a star on both sides of the ball for the Lancers, while Nashville Ensworth star Rodney Owens was also a standout receiver in high school.

Smith is a three-star and ranks No. 39 at safety, while Owens checks in at No. 117.

Hollywood, Fla., Chaminade Prep safety Anthony Johnson helped his team to the state championship game.

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