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Louisville Football Recruiting: Four-star Cornerback Russ Yeast Commits

With only a few spots left, Louisville is looking to close its 2017 recruiting class with elite talent, especially on defense. It took a big step towards that with the commitment of four-star future cornerback Russ Yeast.

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Last week it was four-star running back Colin Wilson.This week, it's four-star wide receiver/cornerback Russ Yeast. Louisville entered October with its recruiting class of 2017 nearly complete. With just a few spots left, the Cardinals hoped to add elite players at cornerback, linebacker, running back, and defensive line. Monday, they took another step toward that goal. Yeast, a former Kentucky commit and son of former Kentucky star Craig Yeast, picked Louisville over recent heavy pursuit by Iowa and Auburn. He committed to the Cardinals after taking an official visit for Louisville's game against NC State on Saturday. He also listed offers from Ole Miss, Nebraska, and Cincinnati.

Yeast is one of the highest rated prospects to commit to Louisville for the class of 2017. While just a three-star prospect in 247Sports' composite rating system and, he is rated four-stars by ESPN and He was recently moved into's top 300 players nationally. Most rankings list Yeast as an athlete because he has excelled as both a receiver and as a defensive back. Louisville, however, has been recruiting Yeast for the defensive side of the ball.

With Trumaine Washington, Shaq Wiggins, and Ronald Walker all being seniors in 2017, adding an elite player to play opposite Jaire Alexander was vital for this recruiting class. With Yeast, Louisville has done that while also inching closer to signing a top 25 recruiting class for one of the few times in school history. In the final few slots, Louisville will push to fill needs at linebacker and defensive line.

You can watch a highlight video of Yeast below: