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  • Who has been the most productive players from Louisville's 2013 football recruiting class?

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    James Quick
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BOZICH | Re-ranking Louisville's 2013 football recruits, leading with Keith Kelsey

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Linebacker Keith Kelsey has been the star of Louisville's 2013 football recruiting class. Linebacker Keith Kelsey has been the star of Louisville's 2013 football recruiting class.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Most people insist on rating recruiting classes on national signing day. I believe it’s most informative to rank them on Senior Day.

On signing day we're guessing who can play. On Senior Day, we know who has played.

On signing day everybody is optimistic. On Senior Day, everybody is realistic.

Senior Day is Saturday for the University of Louisville football team. The Cardinals will say farewell to the final class that Charlie Strong brought to town in 2013.

The talent evaluators at 247Sports ranked the 18-member U of L class 37th nationally, behind the classes signed at Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Virginia, Vanderbilt, South Carolina and other groups the Cardinals' seniors have outperformed.

Of the 18 signees, half are gone. Of the nine players still playing for Bobby Petrino, at least seven figure to start against Kentucky Saturday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The players are listed in the order they were ranked by 247Sports, with a blurb about how they performed -- along with a reranking of their U of L careers. (I will look back at Kentucky's 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday.) 

The list does not include fifth-year seniors like halfback Brandon Radcliff or transfers such as Josh Harvey-Clemons.

The U of L Class of 2013

1. James Quick receiver, ranked 63rd nationally, 4 stars -- The former Trinity star has delivered three solid seasons after serving as a reserve as a true freshman. He's delivered 119 catches and 14 touchdowns, but as the signature signee in that class (a guy who turned down Ohio State, Oregon and others) he's a victim of raging expectations. Revised ranking: 2nd.

2. James Hearns linebacker, No. 312, 4 stars -- A late qualifier who developed slowly, playing in two games as a freshman and two more as a sophomore. Hearns has become a consistent force this season, leading the team with eight sacks while leading the nation by forcing five fumbles. Revised ranking: 3rd.

3. Kyle Bolin, quarterback, No. 321, 4 stars -- Won the Kentucky game two seasons ago. Started five games last season and threw for 362 yards and three touchdowns against Syracuse. Once Lamar Jackson became Superman, Bolin's playing time disappeared. Could graduate and play elsewhere next season if he chooses. Revised ranking: 7th.

4. Stacy Thomas, defensive end, No 445, 3 stars -- Slowed by an injury during pre-season camp, Thomas has delivered as the replacement for James Burgess. Eligible to play in 2017 because he redshirted in 2013. His 64 tackles rank second to Keith Kelsey. Revised ranking: 4th.

5. Richard Benjamin, safety, No. 446, 3 stars -- Played in one game in 2014 and did not finish the season with the Cardinals in 2015. Was scheduled to transfer to Fort Hays State University and play receiver, but is no longer listed on the Fort Hays roster. Revised ranking: 15th.

6. De'Asian Richardson, defensive end, No. 456, 3 stars -- Started against Charlotte and Wake Forest. Two of his 13 tackles have been for losses. Eligible to play next season. Revised ranking: 6th.

7. Chucky Williams, athlete, No. 483, 3 stars -- After redshirting in 2013, Williams has played in 34 games the last three seasons, starting 23. Ranks fourth on the team with 60 tackles and second in interceptions with three. Revised ranking: 5th.

8. Kyle Shortridge, defensive tackle, No. 663, 3 stars -- Has played in all 11 games as the back-up to DeAngelo Brown at defensive tackle, making 11 tackles. Revised ranking: 8th.

9. Keith Kelsey, linebacker, No. 664, 3 stars -- Gets my vote as the most valuable recruit in the class, providing solid leadership in the locker room as well as on the field. The UK game will be Kelsey's 38th consecutive start. Eight tackles shy of 300 for his career. On track to be the first player to lead the team in tackles in consecutive seasons since Preston Brown (2012-13). Revised ranking: 1st.

10. Donel Elam, linebacker, No. 694, 3 stars -- Failed to qualify and never enrolled at Louisville. Revised ranking: 18th.

11. Cameron Fraser, offensive tackle, No. 801, 3 stars -- Redshirted in 2013 before transferring to Youngstown State where he has been a starting offensive lineman for two seasons. Revised ranking: 12th.

12. Skylar Lacy, offensive tackle, No. 850, 3 stars -- Transferred to San Jose State after the 2015 season. Revised ranking: 11th.

13. Keith Towbridge, tight end, No 899, 3 stars -- Part-time starter the last three seasons. After making 10 catches last season, his only reception in 2016 was for 18 yards against North Carolina State. Revised ranking: 9th.

14. Finesse Middleton, defensive end, No 941, 3 stars -- Graduated from U of L with a double major last summer before transferring to South Alabama, where he has made 13 tackles this season. Revised ranking: 10th.

15. Terrence Ross, safety, unranked, 3 star -- Suspended from the U of L program in January 2015 before transferring to Tennessee Tech, where he has not played this season. Revised ranking: 16th.

16. Brett Nelson, quarterback, unranked, 3 stars -- Former junior college quarterback, played in two games during the 2014 season. Revised ranking: 13th.

17. Chandler Bridges, offensive guard, 3 stars -- Left U of L in May 2014. Revised ranking: 17th.

18. Lyn Clark, linebacker, 3 stars -- Departed U of L in August 2014 for Northwestern State, where he has been credited with 37 tackles this season. Revised ranking: 14th.

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