John Wolford, one of the top 2014 quarterbacks in Florida, has strong ties to Louisville. After attending UofL's football camp last weekend, the talented rising junior has equally strong interest in Charlie Strong's program.
The nephew of Louisville native and former All-Pro NFL offensive lineman Will Wolford, the 6-2, 210-pound Wolford was one of the top underclassmen in attendance at UofL's football camp last weekend. Wolford told InsideTheVille.com he was extremely impressed with his experience.
"I loved it," Wolford said. "Seeing the stadium was very impressive. It's probably the nicest stadium I've seen. I really like the coaching staff and the town. I like it all up there."
Wolford enjoyed working out with Shawn Watson, Louisville's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Watson told Wolford the UofL coaches will continue their evaluation of him. Wolford hopes that evaluation leads to a scholarship offer.
"I got great feedback," Wolford said. "He said he's very impressed. They have to go through some more film of me, but everything on the field he said was perfect. They want to have their whole coaching staff evaluate my film, but he said they'd get back to me soon about where they stand [regarding an offer]."
Wolford is receiving interest from several of the nation's top programs after throwing for 2,669 yards and 35 touchdowns with only three picks as a sophomore, leading Bishop Kenny to an 11-1 record. In two years as a starter, Wolford has thrown for 4,419 yards and 52 touchdowns, while rushing for 1,180 yards and 16 scores. Bishop Kenny is 18-6 the past two years.
"[Watson] showed me some things and explained their offense," said Wolford. "I really fit their mold and we run a similar offense at Bishop Kenny. The reads, drops and all the footwork are similar. So I really like the offense."
Wolford's family ties to Louisville could play a large factor in his college decision if the Cardinals extend a scholarship offer.
"I've got a bunch family up there and my dad was born there," Wolford said. "I love Louisville - the coaching staff, atmosphere and the town itself…it all contributes and I like it all up there."
"It would be a contributing factor. It's nice to go somewhere you're familiar. It's 12 hours away but it's kind of like home. It's a factor that makes Louisville appealing."
This summer, Wolford has also visited North Carolina, Duke and North Carolina State, and plans trips to Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Wake Forest. Though he's still waiting for his first offer, a couple opportunities might be right around the corner.
"I'm close to offers, Louisville being one, FIU another," Wolford said. "A lot of schools have shown interest. It's a matter of them seeing me throw live and next season."
Of the schools he's visited, Wolford singled out Louisville.
"Every school has their ups and downs, but Louisville stood out. There was nothing bad about Louisville."