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Louisville hosted a bunch of the members of the Class of 2017 for the spring game, leaving the signees 'super-stoked' for the future

The University of Louisville football staff hosted a bunch of the members of the Class of 2017 for the spring game, leaving the signees 'super-stoked' for the future.

The University of Louisville football staff hosted more than 50 prospects on Saturday for the Spring Game.

But those were not the only visitors. At least nine of the 18 members of the Class of 2017 that still haven't arrived on campus were in attendance at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on Saturday.

"Seeing my future teammates and signee buddies was a blast," said wide receiver Justin Marshall, who made the trip up from Conyers, Ga. "It's all a family affair and really makes me proud to be a Cardinal."

Four of the members of the class have already enrolled and participated in the spring game - linebackers C.J. Avery and Kam Jones, offensive lineman Cole Bentley and defensive back Lyn Strange.

The rest of the class is expected to be here by June 1.

"Seeing the spring game and actually realizing how close I am to being out there with those guys has me even more excited to get there," said wide receiver Corey Reed from Roswell, Ga. "I can't wait to get there. The visit was wonderful."

Added Marshall: "You can simply feel the energy when you get into the stadium. I can't wait to have Card Nation jump out of their seats."

The third wide receiver in the class - Josh Johnson - is from College Park, Ga., said he thought about the new trio joining in with the guys that were on the field and "that's just going to be exciting to see."

"I had fun and now I am ready to get to work," Johnson said.

Long snapper Mitch Hall is from Clayton, N.C., and said he is "super-stoked" to get out with his future teammates. U of L coach Bobby Petrino said last week that Hall would battle for the starting spot in the fall.

"It's always good to hang with the other (signees)," Hall said. "But it's hard to believe the next time we will all be there we will be playing."

Some might have wondered what was wrong with safety Rodney Owens from Nashville, Tenn., Ensworth, who was on crutches. He said he had minor hip surgery and would be ready for fall camp.

"I enjoyed the game and can't wait to get there," he said. "I will be ready."

Quarterback Malik Cunningham from Montgomery, Ala., said watching Lamar Jackson and Jawon Pass made him anxious to get to campus and start battling and learning from the two QBs.

"It felt good to be back home," Cunningham said.

While offensive lineman Toryque Bateman from Gadsden City, Ala., was also watching and noted "the game was fun watching just to know they are my teammates now and I'm very excited to get here."

Lineman Mekhi Becton wasn't able to stay for the game but was on campus this weekend, while several walk on prospects also attended the game, including North Oldham kicker Jakson Wine, Lexington Catholic safety Jack Fagot and Trinity athletes Jovan and Jovel Smith.


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