Cardinal Authority's Jody Demling gives his top five in the 2017 class

Cardinal Authority's Jody Demling gives his top five in the University of Louisville's 2017 class.

Cardinal Authority publisher Jody Demling tries each year to rank the top five players in the class for Louisville.

The 2017 class is a little tougher because there's a ton of talent.

It would be very easy to just list the four Scout300 members and another one of the four-star players, but that's not all that I'm taking into account. I have also looked at other variables like need and who wanted the prospect.

Here's the top five (and a bonus):

Bonus. Mitch Hall - Sure, he's the one 2-star on the roster. But think about it the Cardinals haven't had a bad snap in at least seven years. Yes, that's over 80 games and Hall is likely the starter from day one. He has a key role on this team for year's to come. Plus, did you see the highlight video. He snapped a ball from one free throw line to the other goal - and made it. Kid is unreal.

5. Justin Marshall - The wide receiver will come in and face a lot of competition but he's talented enough to see playing time early on. Has been compared to Josh Bellamy; gets out of his breaks like Jamari Staples and can be explosive. He's a talented kid and will get a lot of yards after the catch, which is what the wide receiver group needs.

4. Mekhi Becton - Becton is one of the best signing day gets ever at U of L. The staff beat out some big-time programs for Becton, who is a great athlete for his size. Looks like he can be a left tackle and he's only going to get better. Kid has a ton of talent. At 335 pounds, he did a reverse dunk in a recent basketball game.

3. Colin Wilson - Wilson is the highest-ranked kid in the class and he's a big-back who has good speed and amazing balance. Once he was 100 percent healthy from his junior year injury, Wilson showed another gear and will play as a freshman. Remember, he's the No. 2 running back in the state of Florida. The No. 2 back in Florida in 2014 was Dalvin Cook and that spot in '13 was Derrick Henry. Hmmm.

2. C.J. Avery - He's already enrolled - which is a huge help - and he will be a guy that is needed in the rotation. Remember, the secondary was pretty thin this past season. He's a guy who is smart and gets to the ball. He's a football player and will make a ton of plays during his career.

1. Russ Yeast - Yeast is a dynamic player and no less than seven coaches took a turn at recruiting the Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year. His father was a superstar at Kentucky and the younger Yeast was an Under Armour All-American. He could be a star as a wide receiver and the staff believes he will be an All-American on defense. Think Jaire Alexander.

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