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Some National Signing Day leftovers: player profiles of the OL

Bobby Petrino

A big part of this year’s signing class was bringing in 4 offensive linemen. Danny Burns, Kelby Johnson, Jimmie Terry, and Lukayus McNeil make up a pretty good class at this position. Johnson is a JUCO transfer so that means he will be expected to come in and compete right away for playing time. Of course the expectation from the staff is that EVERY player come in and compete right away, but we know that on the offensive line, that is a little bit more difficult.

Here is some more information about each of the new offensive line signees. This information is from UofL’s website, GoCards.com.

Danny Burns

Danny Burns

Danny Burns • OL • 6-6 • 339 • Hamilton, Ohio/Fairfield
A mammoth specimen, Danny Burns is the fourth recruit from the Buckeye state to ink with the Cardinals. Playing for Jason Krause at Fairfield Freshman High, Burns was considered a big, physical offensive lineman who can move people off the football. Burns, who committed to Louisville in late August, was rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and tabbed as the 43rd-best prospect at his position. Burns was also rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 36 offensive tackle in the country. He was selected to the Rivals.com Top 80 Postseason list and was rated by Rivals as the No. 21 player in the state of Ohio. With his size and athletic ability, Burns translates to a tackle at the collegiate level. He was rated as the 71st-best offensive lineman by 247 Sports and the 47th-best player in the state of Ohio. After his senior season, Burns was tabbed a member of the Southwest Ohio Super 25 on offense after finishing the season 9-2 after a first-round playoff loss to Pickerington North. He attended Ohio State’s summer camp and picked Louisville over Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. He is the son of Holly Burns.

Kelby Johnson

Kelby Johnson

Kelby Johnson • OL • 6-7 • 299 • Bowie, Md./ASA College
Kelby Johnson played one season at ASA College for Dennis Orlando, where he was a junior college all-conference selection for the Avengers, who ended the year at 9-1. A massive specimen with outstanding athletic ability, Johnson spent two years at Virginia. A 2012 redshirt for the Cavaliers, Johnson was one of 12 true freshmen to appear in games, seeing action in four games that season. Johnson signed at Virginia after playing scholastically as an offensive tackle at DeMatha Catholic High. An outstanding athlete, Johnson was ranked the No. 113 offensive tackle in the nation by Scout.com and was rated the No. 16 prospect in Maryland by Rivals.com. Johnson received a scout’s score of 75 from ESPN.com and was ranked the No. 128 offensive tackle in nation by ESPN.com. Johnson received multiple three-star ratings by Scout.com, Rivals.com, and ESPN.com. He was named to the Gazette All-County second-team as a senior and was tabbed to ESPN RISE second-team All-Big School for Maryland. A first team All-Gameday selection, Johnson earned 2010 Maryland “Big School” first-team all-state honors his senior year and was selected to play in the 2010 Crab Bowl, honoring the top high school players in the Maryland and Metro area. As one of the top offensive tackles in the state, Johnson helped head coach Bill McGregor’s Stags to an impressive 9-3 record and advanced to the WCAC title game during his senior season. He also played varsity basketball during his freshman and sophomore years before focusing on football. Johnson chose Louisville over interest from Kansas, USF, Connecticut, East Carolina, Kentucky, and Mississippi.

Jimmie Terry

Jimmy Terry

Jimmie Terry • OL • 6-4 • 350 • Madison, Miss./Madison Central
Jimmie Terry is the fourth offensive lineman to ink with the Cardinals and the largest player to sign with the Cardinals. At 6-foot-4 and 350 pounds, Terry is considered to move extremely well for his size. He is clearly the top lineman for Mississippi and was recently selected to play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star Game. He was considered one of the top 45 prospects in the state of Mississippi and one of the Fanatastic 15. A native of Madison, Miss., Terry played right guard for head coach Bobby Hall at Madison Central High School. Terry recorded a team-high 39 pancake blocks as a senior from his guard position. He started all 13 games for Madison, who went 9-4 and won district 6A championship. For his outstanding season, Terry was awarded second-team all-state honors by the Clarion Ledger. He also was a first team all-region selection and was the region’s Most Valuable Offensive Linemen. He was voted a first team all-state selection by the Mississippi Coaches Association. As a member of the powerlifting team, Terry won the 6A Super Heavywight Divsion in the 6A region and has been timed in the 40-yard dash at 5.1 according to the coaching staff. Terry chose Louisville over interest from LSU, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

Lukayus McNeil

Lukayus McNeail

Lukayus McNeil • OL • 6-6 • 278 • Indianapolis, Ind./Decatur Central
An extremely talented offensive lineman for head coach Bobby Petrino, Lukayus McNeil was a great signee for the Cardinals late in the recruiting process. A decorated two-way performer at Decatur Central High for head coach Justin Dixon, he played offensive tackle and played both defensive end and nose tackle. McNeil is a three-star prospect and ranks as the No. 40 offensive tackle in the country by Scout.com and is ranked the No. 28 offensive tackle nationally by 247Sports.com. This past season, McNeil was recognized by the Indiana Football Coaches Association as an all-state performer. On defense, McNeil recorded over 30 quarterback pressures and totaled six sacks. A 270-pounder, McNeil was tabbed the team’s top defensive linemen. McNeil is a standout on the basketball court, averaging 14.0 points and 16.0 rebounds per contest this winter. McNeil earned all-conference honors on the hardwood last season. A native of Indianapolis, Ind., he was a standout in track and field. McNeil was a state champion in the shot put with a throw of 61-10. The son of Lisa Bryant and Jhonny Buter held offers from Oklahoma, Iowa, Michigan State, Wisconsin, Virgina Tech, San Diego State, Purdue, Toledo, Kentucky, Iowa, Indiana, Nebraska, Ball State, and Cincinnati.
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About Justin Renck

I am 28 years old, born and raised in Louisville. Graduated from UofL in 2008. Go Cards! Follow me on twitter @JustinRenck

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