By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is excited about his recruiting class, which fills the needs his program needed heading into next season

University of Louisville coach Bobby Petrino is excited about his recruiting class, which fills the needs his program needed heading into next season. The Cardinals announced 22 signees on National Signing Day.

The University of Louisville football program announced a 22-player signing class on Wednesday.

The Cardinals signed players from 12 different states and the class included four Scout300 members, five four-stars and 16 three-star prospects. U of L still has two scholarships they could use in the future.

While the class is ranked among the best in school history, U of L coach Bobby Petrino said it's more about filling some of the top needs he and his staff saw on the roster - including the offensive line and secondary.

"We felt like we really needed to address the offensive line and the secondary," he said. "Those were our two priorities going into the recruiting process and I feel like we hit the numbers that we needed.

"And I feel like we got some really good players for those positions."

U of L's class was bolstered by the signing day addition of Virginia lineman Mekhi Becton, who ended up being one of five offensive linemen in the class. Belfry's Cole Bentley is already enrolled, while the others are Caleb Chandler, Toryque Bateman and Ronald Rudd.

"I thought we loaded up pretty well," Petrino said about the line. " . . . The teams that we competed in there with and against to get (Becton) really says a lot. I like what we added (on the line)."

The Cardinals also added seven secondary players, including two enrolled already in C.J. Avery and Lyn Strange. Under Armour All-American Russ Yeast was also among that group.

Petrino said he was "excited" because some of these kids will be able to play right away.

"You have to be able to learn and be able to adjust," he said. "But this group physically has a real good opportunity to (play right away)."


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