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National Signing Day 2018 Photo Gallery

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University of Louisville Football held its annual National Signing Day party at the Brown and Williamson club inside Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium on Wednesday. The party wasn’t as exciting this year due to the first year of the new early signing period that took place on December 20th. Louisville signed 19 of their 22 member signing class on the early signing day. So there were only 3 players that signed on the day of the party. 2 signed early in the day while 1 player signed just as the party came to a close. Coach Petrino read the text that confirmed the signing as his last words to the crowd. The atmosphere was very upbeat despite awkwardness of having 2 signing days. Several of the players that committed early are already on campus and were introduced to the crowd last night. You can view a full list complete with breakdowns of each players that signed right here. Read the rest of this entry

Bobby Petrino Press Conference

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Press Release

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – While most of the country prepares for the Christmas holiday, the University of Louisville football program has been hard at work.

Not only are the Cardinals preparing for Mississippi State in the 2017 TaxSlayer Bowl, the coaching staff was occupied by putting together a top-25 recruiting class during the first early signing period from Dec. 20-22

“It’s been a busy time for us,” head coach Bobby Petrino said. “Our staff and everyone in the football program have been involved in getting ready for our bowl game, but we also had to be out on the road for recruiting. We had to adjust some things with our practice schedule, but we also had to get ready for this signing day.”

Typically, the focus at this time of the year is on the bowl game. However, with a change in the recruiting schedule, most of the attention was put on the 20-player class that signed on Wednesday.

The Cardinals had an emphasis on the state of Florida, as was evident by the 11 signees from the Sunshine State. They also had six players from Georgia ink National Letters of Intent. Read the rest of this entry

Robert Hicks III Commits To Louisville

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This afternoon on Twitter, Class of 2018 linebacker Robert Hicks III announced his decision to commit to the University of Louisville.

Hicks III is the 262nd ranked prospect according to the ESPN300 list for the Class of 2018, and is also listed as a 4* recruit by the same website. He is the 8th best linebacker in the class, and was also fielding offers from Kentucky, Oregon, Michigan State, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Recruit Spotlight: Russ Yeast

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Russ Yeast

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5′ 10″, 175lbs
Athlete (RB/WR/CB)
Greenwood, IN

A two-way star, Russ Yeast is a speedy and agile playmaker at the Wide Receiver, Running Back and Cornerback positions out of Center Grove HS in Greenwood, IN. His senior season, he helped lead Center Grove HS to a 12-2 record, and lead them all the way to the IHSAA 6A title game. That season while both an offensive and defensive specialist, his specialization was on the offensive side of the ball, where he averaged 8.2 yards per carry as well as 18.8 yards per catch. He totaled 2,127 offensive yards and 27 total offensive touchdowns. When matched up against Russ Yeast, you better be ready for a track meet, cause he will beat you with his speed and elusiveness on the gridiron. The son of former UK great Craig Yeast, Russ decided to pave his own path and commit with their in state rival. He cited his fondness for Louisville growing up and them being the best fit both academically and athletically for him as his main reason for committing to the University of Louisville.

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Recruit Spotlight: CJ Avery

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CJ Avery

@Averyy_Sports

6’1″, 200 lbs
Strong Safety
Grenada, MS

An enforcer on the defensive side of the ball, CJ Avery is a hard-hitting safety out of Grenada HS in Grenada, MS. His senior season, he helped lead Grenada HS to a 9-3 overall record, as well as a berth in the Mississippi Class 5A state playoffs. That season, he made his presence known to opposing offenses, logging 57 solo tackles (61 total), averaging 5.1 tackles a game. He also forced 2 fumbles and recovering 1, as well as intercepting 2 passes with 1 being a pick six. Avery is defensive back who’s not afraid to line up in the box with the linebackers, pin his ears back and make the hard hit, having a specialty in stopping the run. Facing tremendous pressure to stay in state and attend either Ole Miss or Mississippi State, he made the gutsy decision to take his talents out-of-state, citing his love of the coaching staff and their involvement in the recruiting process, as well as calling Louisville “like home” on his official visit.

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National Signing Day Photo Gallery

The University of Louisville National Signing Day Party was held at the Brown and Williamson Club in Papa Johns Cardinal stadium on Wednesday, February 1st. Here are a few pics in case you missed it.

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National Signing Day 2017

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Total Recruits
Offense: 11
Defense: 10
Special Teams: 1

Class Ranking
Scout: 31st
Rivals: 27th
24/7: 32nd

(Click on their names below for a breakdown of each player)

Offense

Quarterbacks:

Malik Cunningham

Skill Positions:

Colin Wilson (RB)

Justin Marshall (WR)

Corey Reed (WR)

Josh Johnson (WR)

Kemari Averett (TE)

Offensive Line:

Mekhi Becton (OT)

Ronald Rudd (OT)

Toryque Bateman (OT)

Caleb Chandler (OG)

Cole Bentley (OG)

Defense

Front Seven:

Malik Clark (OLB)

Dorian Etheridge (OLB)

Kam Jones (ILB)

Secondary:

Kaheem Roach (CB)

Russ Yeast (CB)

CJ Avery (S)

Anthony Johnson (S)

Lyn Strange (S)

TreSean Smith (S)

Rodney Owens (S)

Special Teams

Long Snapper:

Mitch Hall

Malik Cunningham Signs His NLI With UofL

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Malik Cunningham

Quarterback
6’0″, 187 lbs
Montgomery, AL

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 4*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: LSU

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Ronald Rudd Signs His NLI With UofL

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Ronald Rudd

Offensive Tackle (JUCO)
6’7″, 308 lbs
Rancho Cucamonga, CA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: UCLA, Arizona State

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Mekhi Becton Signs his NLI With UofL

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Mekhi Becton

Offensive Tackle
6’7″, 300 lbs
Highland Springs, VA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Also had offers from Michigan, Virginia Tech, FSU & Oregon

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Justin Marshall Signs His NLI With UofL

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Justin Marshall

Wide Receiver
6’2″, 189 lbs
Conyers, GA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 4*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: South Carolina, Nebraska

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Josh Johnson Signs His NLI With UofL

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Josh Johnson

Wide Receiver
5’11’, 170 lbs
College Park, GA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Notre Dame, Boston College Wake Forest

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Cole Bentley Signs His NLI With UofL

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Cole Bentley

Offensive Guard
6’5″, 301 lbs
Belfry, KY

Scout: 4*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: West Virginia

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Lyn Strange Signs His NLI With UofL

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Lyn Strange

 

Safety
6’3″, 190 lbs
Tallahassee, FL

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Memphis, Georgia Tech

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Kemari Averett Signs His NLI With UofL

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Kemari Averett

Tight End
6’6″ 205 lbs
Atlanta, GA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Auburn

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Kam Jones Signs His NLI With UofL

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Kam Jones

Inside Linebacker
6’1″, 211 lbs
Suwanee, GA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Georgia State

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CJ Avery Signs His NLI With UofL

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CJ Avery

Safety
6’1″, 196 lbs
Grenada, MS

Scout: 4*
Rivals: 3*
24/7: 4*

Other Schools of Interest: Mississippi State, Ole Miss

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Corey Reed Signs His NLI With UofL

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Corey Reed

Wide Receiver
6’2″, 190 lbs
Roswell, GA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 4*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Ole Miss

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Malik Clark Signs His NLI With UofL

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Malik Clark

Outside Linebacker
6’3″, 219 lbs
Milledgeville, GA

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 2*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Florida A&M, Murray State

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Kaheem Roach Signs His NLI With UofL

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Kaheem Roach

Cornerback
6’1″, 180 lbs
Miramar, FL

Scout: 3*
Rivals: 2*
24/7: 3*

Other Schools of Interest: Miami, Illinois

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