One of the biggest areas of focus for Bobby Petrino and staff for the 2017 recruiting class was to build talent and depth at offensive line. A key factor in doing so occurred when Cole Bentley announced his commitment to Louisville on June 12th. Rated a 3* prospect by most recruiting services, Bentley is a physical, athletic offensive lineman and at 6’5″, 308lbs could be ready to contribute immediately.

Now, the Belfry High School product has his sights set on enrolling early after getting official word on Saturday indicating he will in fact graduate early.

“Coach (Klenakis) told me he expects me to come in and be working for a lot of PT.” Bentley said “He said he believes I can be one [that] gets a lot of reps if I come in ready.”

With Louisville losing starting center Tobijah Hughley and guard Khalil Hunter, Bentley will be able to compete for those spots as he has the versatility to play both, but one position may give Bentley a better chance of seeing the field early.

“[Coach Klenakis] told me center is my best bet for good playing time and he wanted to see if I could do it. That’s why even at camp I worked at center a lot. He told me I looked good at it and he expects good things from it.” Bentley said.


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