University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Enrolled OL Cole Bentley

University of Louisville Class of 2017 Football Class: Enrolled OL Cole Bentley. Cardinal Authority takes a closer look at the Cardinals signee.

BIO: Cole Bentley was a two-way star in high school and helped the Pirates to a 14-1 record this season, averaging 44 points a game. The Pirates rushed for 5,207 yards and Bentley finished with 52 tackles while playing defensive tackle. Belfry won four state titles during his career. He's the No. 279 player in the country and a four-star, ranking as the best offensive guard in the Bluegrass State and No. 6 in the Midwest.

LEAD RECRUITER: Chris Klenakis

RECRUITMENT: Louisville was offer No. 25 for Bentley, who committed in June. He also had offers from Georgia Tech, Virginia, Colorado State, Cincinnati, Memphis, Purdue, Air Force, Marshall, Toledo and plenty of others.

WHY U OF L: Bentley said he wanted to stay close to home and loved it when he was on U of L's campus. The ability to be able to play early at Louisville was also a major factor.


EVALUATION: High school tight end and defensive tackle, but was used a lot as a blocking tight end and that combined with his size and strength has him projected to guard in college. Already shows a good base of skills and technique there, but needs to continue polishing that technique. Tough, aggressive kid who plays hard, finishes blocks and has a lot of upside in transitioning to an interior offensive lineman.

QUOTABLE: Belfry coach Phillip Haywood: "He's got a great future. He's a big, strong physical kid who moves well. He's going to go in there and has such a great work ethic, he's going to do a great job for them."

BOTTOM LINE: Bentley is a prototypical college guard with his size and strength and he also has the grit and toughness to play deep in the trenches. It would be a surprise if he doesn't play major snaps as a true freshman.

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