Illinois QB visits L'ville; Cards offer

Wes Lunt, one of the top quarterbacks in the midwest, visited Louisville last week and picked up an offer from Charlie Strong's Cardinals. A three-star prospect, Lunt holds a handful of BCS-level offers and plans to make a decision before his senior season.

Wes Lunt, one of the top quarterbacks in Illinois, made a pair of visits last week to Louisville and Vanderbilt and came away with scholarship offers from the Cardinals and Commodores.

Lunt, 6-5, 190, attended Louisville's practice last Friday and toured the Belknap campus with his parents. Saturday, Lunt was in Nashville to check out the SEC program. Louisville quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson, who was the offensive coordinator at Nebraska last season, has a connection to Lunt's high school coach, and used that to lure the three-star quarterback for the visit.

"It was a really great," Lunt said. "I didn't know what to expect from Louisville – I had never been down there. My coach talked to Shawn Watson, the quarterback coach, and said they wanted me to come down for a visit. I saw the campus, met some of the players and all of the coaches. It was a great day. The facilities were amazing. I was very impressed."

After Lunt left campus, Louisville evaluated several quarterbacks on their board and decided to offer the Rochester-product.

"Once Coach Watson switched to Louisville I started getting more Louisville letters," Lunt said. "I talked to Coach Watson most of the time [during my visit]. It was really positive. He's a great guy. He thinks I could be a really good fit there. They're excited about me. Him and my coach have a really good relationship and they talk to each other a lot. He's very easy to talk to and it was a good experience."

Lunt threw for 3,100 yards as a junior while leading Rochester to a perfect season and a Class 4-A state championship. This spring, Lunt is exploring his college options and he's seeking a pro-style offense that fits his talents.

"We had a really good season," Lunt said. "We went 14-0 and won state. It was a great year. I can escape, but I'm not a dual-threat guy. I've got a pretty good arm. I need to work on a lot of things but my strong point is being a pro-style guy."

Louisville and Vanderbilt are not the only program to offer Lunt this spring. Boston College, Illinois, Michigan State and Western Michigan also have put offers on the table. Lunt plans to evaluate those schools before making a decision before the start of his senior year.

"I've been down to Louisville and Vanderbilt," Lunt said. "And we're going to go to Illinois and Michigan State's spring practice. I think that's it for right now. I think I'm going to make a commitment this summer so I can enjoy my senior season and not have to worry about it."

Lunt isn't quite ready to name favorites at this point, but he has admitted he'd prefer to stay relatively close to home.

"Everyone is wide open," Lunt said. "I'm trying to get info and build relationships and see what happens. The people are the big thing and academics, if they have what I want to major in. I've got to feel comfortable around the coaches and the type of offense they have. The location doesn't hurt, too. I know Louisville is far away but it's got a lot of pros. It's down south and they have warmer weather than Illinois."

Lunt also didn't seem concerned that true freshman Teddy Bridgewater could win the starting job at Louisville this season.

"Anywhere you go you're going to have to compete," Lunt said. "That's the nature of it. I know that going in. Once I get there I'm just going to have to compete and see how it plays out."


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