By Jody Demling - Cardinal Authority

Louisville's football recruiting class included four members of the Scout300, which is a school record for one recruiting cycle

The University of Louisville's football recruiting class included four members of the Scout300, which is a school record for one recruiting cycle. The Cardinals had signed only four Scout300 members in the past three years.

The University of Louisville has had some success signing Scout300 members in the past.

The Cardinals had nine in a four-year run from 2010-13 and have secured the signature from four during the last four recruiting cycles.

But nothing like this year.

U of L coach Bobby Petrino and his staff not only signed one of the best classes in school history, but the Cardinals' staff inked more members of the Scout.com top 300 listing of prospects than ever before in one class.

The Cardinals signed four, including Green Cove Springs, Fla., running back Colin Wilson, Grenada, Miss., safety C.J. Avery, Greenwood, Ind., athlete Russ Yeast and Belfry offensive lineman Cole Bentley.

"Our staff did a great job," U of L coach Bobby Petrino said. "Here in the last part of recruiting, we had these guys committed for a long time and we had to hold off a lot of schools."

U of L is not a program that has built its tradition on top 300 players.

From 2001 through 2009, the only players ranked in the top 300 were Michael Bush (No. 3 in 2003), Brian Brohm (No. 32 in '04), Earl Heyman (No. 80 in '05) and Peanut Whitehead (No. 38 in '06).

The only time the Cardinals have had more than two on signing day came in 2011 when Teddy Bridgewater (No. 67), DeVante Parker (No. 167) and Gerod Holliman (No. 168) all three inked with the Cardinals.


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