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. 1.
The Cardinals currently have 22 verbal commitments in the Class of 2017 and we expect the class will likely be 25 when it is announces next week by the Cardinals on signing day.
So, here's the way we see it breaking down as of now:
Class of 2017 Mock Class
In: Malik Cunningham
Note: Cunningham shut down his recruitment after last week's visit.
In: Colin Wilson
Out: A.J. Davis, Damon Williams
Note: Sounds like Davis really likes the Cardinals after last week's visit; but we're not seeing a spot for him.
In: Josh Johnson, Justin Marshall, Corey Reed
Out: Jeff Thomas
Note: Thomas hasn't visited campus and we can't see him picking a school he doesn't visit.
In: Kemari Averett
Note: Averett is solid after last week's official visit.
In: Toryque Bateman, Mekhi Becton, Cole Bentley, Caleb Chandler, Ronald Rudd,
Out: Tony Gray, Paul Gainer.
Note: We expect Bateman to be part of the class, while Becton is very close to call right now between Virginia Tech and U of L with Michigan lurking but for now we'll say Louisville gets him.
In: Mitch Hall
Note: Hall is the Cardinals' long snapper of the future; no other special teams prospects.
In: Ben Hutch, Aaron Odom
Out: Mandy Alonso, Kivon Bennett, Elijah Conliffe, Demetrice Lofton, Larrell Murchison, Tyrone Truesdell
Note: A hunch that Bennett could flip this weekend but for now we'll not put him in Louisville's corner; the staff looking at add one more defensive line guy in the class. Murchison is an option if they can get him on visit.
In: Malik Clark, Dorian Etheridge, Kam Jones
Out: Nick Smith, Guy Thomas
Note: Three guys in the fold - Jones has already enrolled - and that's all they need
In: Russ Yeast, Kaheem Roach,
Out: Eric Stokes
Note: We think Yeast stick with the Cardinals
In: C.J. Avery, Brian Edwards, Anthony Johnson, Rodney Owens, TreSean Smith, Lyn Strange
Out: Kaleb Oliver
Note: A major position of need for the Cardinals; we think right now Edwards will join the fold next week but it's close.