Michael McCammon

CardinalAuthority.com provides our projections as to how the University of Louisville football staff will finish its 2017 recruiting class.

CardinalAuthority.com provides our projections as to how the University of Louisville football staff will finish its recruiting class of 2017. The Cardinals currently have 22 verbal commitments. Signing day is Feb 1.

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

Out: Finished

Note: Cunningham shut down his recruitment after last week's visit.

Running back

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.

Wide receiver

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.

Tight end

In: Kemari Averett

Out: Finished

Note: Averett is solid after last week's official visit.

Offensive line

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.

Special teams

In: Mitch Hall

Out: None.

Note: Hall is the Cardinals' long snapper of the future; no other special teams prospects.

Defensive line

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.

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