UofL FOOTBALL | Cardinal's 2017 Signing Day Class
02/01/2017 08:38 AM
It’s National Signing Day, and the University of Louisville football team is expecting a top-30 class according to Rivals.com.
HERE ARE THE PLAYERS WHO HAVE SIGNED TODAY
Malik Cunningham, QUARTERBACK, Montgomery, AL
Rated the No. 219 prospect overall and No. 9 dual-threat QB nationally by Rivals.com, Cunningham is the next installment of Bobby Petrino’s new quarterback preference, and he is the highest ranked dual-threat option in Louisville history….meaning he comes more highly touted than Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, or redshirt-freshman QB Jawon Pass.
Ronald Rudd, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Rudd was one of the most highly sought-after JUCO transfers in the country. He is a top-20 offensive tackle according to Rivals, and a top-25 overall JUCO prospect by 247sports. At 6-foot-7, 305 pounds, Rudd will definitely be in the mix for playing time right away. He picked Louisville over offers from Utah, Washington, Baylor, and many others.
Mekhi Becton, OFFENSIVE LINE, Highland Springs, VA
6-foot-7, 300-pound Becton is the fifth OL prospect to join the 2017 class, and all of them are rated four stars by at least one of the four major recruiting sites. Rivals is the 195th best player in the class according to Rivals, number 20 at his position.
Justin Marshall, WIDE RECEIVER, Covington, GA
Justin Marshall is another elite receiving prospect Louisville’s 2017 class. Marshall stands 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, is listed as a four star receiver and is a top-50 wideout according to ESPN. He and Corey Reed should not be ruled out for an immediate impact on the Cardinal offense.
Joshua Johnson, WIDE RECEIVER, College Park, GA
Johnson is 3-star prospect according to three of the four major recruiting sites, but was recently bumped up to a 4-star by 247sports. At 5-foot-11, has potential as a dynamic slot receiver who caught 14 touchdowns his senior year of high school.
Kemari Averett, TIGHT END, Atlanta, GA
Averett is the highest rated 3-star recruit in the class for U of L. Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing 205 pounds, Averett is a powerful receiving option at tight end. U of L earned his commitment over Auburn, Kentucky, and Illinois. His senior year of high school, Averett hauled in nearly 60 receptions for 796 yards, and 11 touchdowns.
Russ Yeast, ATHLETE, Greenwood, IN
Yeast is a name that needs little introduction around the state. He is of course the son of University of Kentucky great, Craig Yeast, but has established himself as talented player in his own right. Rivals has Russ Yeast as 4-star recruit who plays both wide receiver and defensive back in high school. He is being recruited as a DB to U of L who earned his commitment over UK and a late push from Notre Dame.
Dorian Etheridge, OUTSIDE LINEBACKER, Charleston, WV
6-foot-2, 200 pounds, Etheridge is the sixth best outside linebacker in the state of West Virginia according to Rivals. He recorded over 80 tackles in his senior season, while also grabbing a pair of interceptions. Also had offers from West Virginia, Purdue, Marshall, and Virginia Tech.
Caleb Chandler, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, Jefferson, GA
A 6-foot-5, 300 pound offensive lineman that is a 4-star on scout and 247sports, but a high 3-star according to Rivals and ESPN. Chandler chose Louisville over SEC power Florida, but was being heavily recruited there by new U of L offensive line coach, Mike Summers.
Kaheem Roach, DEFENSIVE BACK, Miramar, FL
Roach is a 3-star prospect on Scout, ESPN, and 247sports, but only a high 2-star on Rivals. He is 6-foot-1, 185 pound DB who had offers to multiple power-5 schools, LSU, and Illinois being the most notable outside of Louisville.
Rodney Owens, SAFETY, Nashville, TN
Ranked the No. 74 safety nationally by 247Sports.com, Owens is six feet tall, 180 pounds, and a consensus 3-star recruit across the four major services. Notable offers included Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, and Vanderbilt.
Corey Reed, WIDE RECEIVER, Atlanta, GA
Reed is one of the highest rated recruits in the class for U of L. At 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, Reed is listed as a four star receiver, and the 51st best receiver in the nation according to Rivals. He picked the Cards over Notre Dame, Kentucky, Miami, Wisconsin and many other power-5 schools.
Malik Clark, DEFENSIVE END, Milledgeville, GA
One of the less-heralded recruits on the list for Louisville. Clark is a 6-foot-3, 220 pound defensive end who is a 2-star prospect according to Rivals.
Anthony Johnson, DEFENSIVE BACK, Hollywood, FL
At 6-foot-2, Johnson is a taller than average cornerback, but Pitino tends to like bigger players, also very quick at 175 pounds. Pittsburgh and South Florida were other notable offers.
Colin Wilson, RUNNING BACK , Green Cove Springs, FL
Wilson is the highest rated recruit in the Louisville class, and with Brandon Radcliff graduating, and LJ Scott leaving for EKU, Wilson has a chance to earn snaps right away. He is a powerful runner and lit up his high school competition last season, amassing over 1,400 yards rushing and rushing for 21 touchdowns. He is the ninth best running back in the nation according to Rivals.
Mitch Hall, CENTER/LONGSNAPPER, Clayton, NC
The only U.S. Army All-American in the Cardinals’ recruiting class, Hall is a longsnapper/center who is in the top-5 nationally according to 247sports. Will have a honest chance at starting as a freshman because of the departure of Colin Holba.
Toryque Bateman, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, Gadsden, AL
Bateman is one of the most recent Louisville commitments, announcing his plan to attend Louisville earlier this week. He is a towering 6-foot-8, 310 pounds, but has quick feet. He is a top-50 OT according to ESPN and picked the Cards over South Florida, Miami, and Kentucky.
TreSean Smith, SAFETY, Cincinnati, OH
Smith has been one of the biggest U of L player-recruiters in the 2017 class, regularly trying to rally other players to Louisville. Smith won three state titles with La Salle high School in Cincinnati. Recruited as a defensive back, Smith regularly played on the offensive side of the ball for La Salle.
HERE ARE LOUISVILLE’S EARLY ENROLLEES
Lyndarious Strange, SAFETY, Tallahassee, FL
A tall 6-fot-3 safety. Strange weighs just shy of 200 pounds, and is a top-100 safety according to ESPN. He is a consensus 3-star recruit by all major recruiting services.
Kam Jones, INSIDE LINEBACKER, Suwanee, GA
At 6-foot-1 is an average height linebacker that could move between inside and outside positions. Picker U of L over Auburn, Georgia, North Carolina, and NC State.
CJ Avery, SAFETY, Grenada, MS
CJ Avery is one of the four Louisville early enrollees and is one of the highest rated recruits according to ESPN. Avery was an Under Armour All-American who is expected to play a role similar to Josh Harvey-Clemons in 2016. He stands 6-foot-1, 200 pounds and picked Louisville over more than a dozen power-5 schools.
Cole Bentley, OFFENSIVE GUARD, Belfry, KY
At 6-foot-5, 300 pounds, Bentley is the only in-state scholarship commitment to U of L in 2017. He was a first-team All-State player his senior year who helped Belfry win four consecutive class 3A state championships. He is on of Louisville’s four early enrollees.