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.