Cameron Polk had been to several football games at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium last season.
But Saturday was a different feel for Polk, who committed to the Cardinals in late June and will sign a letter-of-intent in February. He attended the U of L game against Eastern Kentucky and said it was "awesome" watching his future team.
"It's a great atmosphere and I was at three or four games last year," Polk said. "But now I was able to watch the offense and know that's what I am going to be doing in a few months. It was fun to be able to watch and realize that.
"And I felt like I was part of the family already."
The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Polk is a three-star wide receiver and considered the No. 67 receiver prospect in the country by Scout.com.
Polk picked U of L over Indiana, Iowa, Purdue, Toledo and several other schools in late June and said he was "so glad" it was behind him.
"My goal was to make a decision before my senior season so I could focus on my team," he said. "I didn't want to be playing in a game and maybe drop a pass and think, ‘What scout was just watching me there'.
"I wanted to get it behind me and I made the right choice."
Polk said he still talks with the U of L coaches and was excited to be able to see the Cardinals against the Colonels. He'll come back to several games.
"I loved it," Polk said. "The crowd is great, the atmosphere was so much fun and I am looking forward to being there. I had a great time."
Polk said he met and chatted with tight end commitment Micky Crum and watched the offense, "trying to put myself in there where I will be."
As a junior, Polk had 31 catches for 762 yards and seven touchdowns. He has two catches for 65 yards in two games this season, missing part of the second game and all of the third game with a sprained ankle.
"I'll be back this week," Polk said.