Louisville landed two of the best players from the state of Alabama again on signing day; Cards have been successful in the state

The University of Louisville football program landed two of the best players from the state of Alabama again on signing day.

The University of Louisville football staff has had some good luck in the state of Alabama in recent years.

During Bobby Petrino's second stint at U of L, the Cardinals signed eight prospects from Alabama in the first three classes. U of L's haul in the state included Scout 300 member Dee Smith and big-time safety prospect P.J. Blue, who redshirted last season.

Add two more to the mix after last week's signing day.

Louisville signed the runner-up for Mr. Football in Alabama - quarterback Malik Cunningham - and an All-State offensive lineman - Toryque Bateman. The two were both ranked among the top 40 players in the state by Scout.com.

"It's been very good for us and it will continue," defensive line coach L.D. Scott said. "We didn't get two guys, we got one of the best athletes in the state and the runner-up for Mr. Football, and also one of the state's All-Star offensive linemen.

"We got two really good ones."

Bateman is a 6-foot-8, 300-pound three-star lineman from Gadsden City High School. He's ranked as the No. 50 offensive tackle and checks in as the No. 3 tackle in the state of Alabama.

Cunningham is a three-star quarterback from Montgomery, Ala., Park Crossing and finished his career with 8,470 all-purpose yards and a total of 103 touchdowns.

Scott said the Cardinals are already in on some of the top '18 targets in the state.

"There will be more," Scott said. "Malik is from the same high school as PJ and they'll have more kids that that school. There will be more kids in the city of Montgomery and we will be in on more kids down there."

Scott, who is a native of Auburn, Ala., is Louisville's primary recruiter in the state because of his contacts. The newspaper site AL.com listed Scott last year as one of five out-of-state recruiters that Alabama and Auburn have to worry the most about recruiting the state.

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