Mike Summers is elated to be back in the Bluegrass State.
The new University of Louisville offensive line coach returns to the job he previously held during Bobby Petrino's first tenure with the Cardinals and said early last week he "couldn't think of any place he'd rather be" than at U of L.
And then the Cardinals landed a major coup on signing day, making Summers even more excited to be back.
Louisville signed five offensive linemen, including two four-star prospects and one of the top junior college players at his position.
"The guys we were able to get were targeted players that we were recruiting to be a part of this program because of the tools they have and the personalities they have," Summer said. "We think they are going to be a major positive on the group.
"It's just an exciting time to be able to get all of these guys."
While he said earlier in the week that all the spots on the line were open and there was a "clean slate" for everyone in the program to compete for playing time, Summers said he would expect the newcomers to push the players returning.
Summers said Mekhi Becton, who picked U of L over Virginia Tech and Michigan on signing day, said he was one of the biggest signing day coups the program could have landed.
"He is a legitimate player and I think he'll make a major impact on our program," Summers said.
Chandler committed to U of L the day after Summers was hired at U of L, picking the Cardinals over the Gators.
"(Chandler) is a guy that has really good athletic ability," Summers said. "You could see his competitive spirit on video. He brings a lot of versatility to what we do. He has a lot of tools."
Summers also said Belfry four-star Cole Bentley was another he had seen while at Florida and noted "just how tough" it was for the Cardinals to land a player from Eastern Kentucky.
"I really see him factoring into a lot of what we are doing (this fall)," Summers said. "He actually came down and camped with me as a sophomore, so I know what I am working with. He's a really good, tough kid."
The fifth signee was JUCO standout Ronald Rudd, who is ranked as the No. 52 player in the JUCO ranks.
U of L coach Bobby Petrino said his program "loaded up pretty well" on the offensive line.
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