22 players strong and ranked No. 31 nationally by Scout.com, Louisville's 2017 recruiting class is among the best-ever in Cardinals history. There is plenty to like in the latest crop of Cardinals that is headlined by five offensive lineman and seven defensive backs.
Here's a look at who Cardinal Authority Senior Writer Michael McCammon projects as the top five gets in a very impressive class:
Bonus: Josh Johnson - One of three wide receivers in the class. Johnson is the lowest rated of the trio, checking in as the No. 155 receiver in the nation by Scout.com. At 5-foot-11, he's also the shortest of the group, but his smaller stature is deceiving. Johnson is tougher than you might think, has excellent hands and isn't afraid to catch the ball in a crowd.
5: Cole Bentley - The in-state offensive lineman climbed higher in the rankings each time a scout put eyes on him. Initially a moderately-rated three-star, the Belfry, Ky., product climbed into the Scout 300 before the final rankings came out. An All-State selection, Bentley lined up at tight end for the majority of his senior season - never catching a pass - and also played some nose guard. Benefiting as an early enrollee, the 6-foot-3, 319-pound guard will most certainly see time in the trenches this fall.
4: Mekhi Becton - A signing day surprise, at 6-foot-7, 335-pounds, Becton has exception size and he's more athletic than one might think. Head coach Bobby Petrino and offensive line coach Mike Summers both raved about Becton's abilities on the hardwood, who wowed them with a reverse dunk. Rated as the No. 1 offensive tackle in Virginia, Becton also has the possibility to play as a rookie.
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3: C.J. Avery - The Grenada, Miss., product is another benefiting from enrolling early. Rated among the nation's top safety prospects and a member of the Scout 300, Avery possesses the size and ability to move into the Cardinals secondary rotation quickly. The potential to move up into the linebacker depth chart is also there.
2: Russ Yeast - The Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year and an Under Armor All-American could excel on either side of the ball on the college level, but he'll play cornerback for the Cardinals. A truly versatile player, the 5-foot-11, 187-pound four-star prospect rushed for over 1,500 yards and was selected as the Hoosier State's top running back as a senior. His quickness, ability to break on the ball and exceptional hands will help him climb into the secondary rotation quickly this fall.
1: Colin Wilson - The Green Cove Springs (Fla.) Clay running back is the highest-rated signee in the class for a reason. Despite being injured for a portion of his senior season, Wilson proved enough to be the No. 2 running back prospect in the Sunshine State. While he won't be the fastest back in the ACC, he does possess great acceleration and breaks tackles with relative ease. Also an above average pass-catching back, Wilson rushed for 1,466 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior.