UofL FOOTBALL | The significance of the 2017 recruiting class

07/18/2016 08:16 PM

The Louisville Football team held a big recruiting event over the weekend titled “Light up the ‘Ville,” and it featured a number of current 2017 commits, and even more recruiting targets of Bobby Petrino’s staff. Louisville did land the commitments of three players who hope to make an impact in the coming years.

Anthony Johnson was the first player to commit to the Cards over the weekend. Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 180 pounds, the defensive back from Hollywood, Florida plays both safety and corner for his high school team and picked the Cards over nearby South Florida.

Fellow Floridian Lyndarious Strange committed shortly after Johnson. Strange is an inch taller and a few pounds heavier, but also plays defensive back for his Tallahassee high school. He is listed as the number 72 safety in the country according to 247sports.

Dorian Ethridge rounded out the commitments over the weekend. The 3-Star linebacker from West Virginia is rated the top player in his position entering his senior season. He is 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds. Ethridge’s commitment is interesting for U of L who do not historically have a stronghold in the state of West Virginia. This offseason has also been seen big changes in recruiting responsibilities for U of L coaches like Nick Petrino who has been recruiting Florida, a longtime hotbed of Louisville talent.

Louisville’s recruiting class for the 2017 season is now up to 13 players and is ranked in the top-50 nationally, but is eighth in the ACC. However, they are in a great position to potentially receive commitments from highly touted wide receivers Corey Reed and Austin Osborne. The Cards also have a foot in the door with former UK commits James Hudson, Mike Warren, and Russ Yeast who are all 4-star prospects according to scout.com.

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