Luke Hiers planning April visit

Lake Whales (Fla.) Senior High School center Luke Hiers added a scholarship offer from Louisville to his already impressive list. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the nation's 4th-rated center.

University of Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and his staff continue to seek out the top players in the 2015 recruiting class and recently extended a scholarship offer to the nation's 4th-ranked center.

Luke Hiers of Lake Wales (Fla.) Senior High School now has Louisville among his more than a dozen offers.

"It was a little unexpected," he said. "They didn't really start recruiting me until after signing day. I've talked to their offensive line coach a lot, but I haven't had the chance to talk to Coach Petrino yet. I'll probably get to do that pretty soon."

Hiers admits to not knowing much about the Louisville program, but is looking forward to getting to a better understanding about what is happening with the Cardinals.

"I don't know too much, but I have looked into them some since they offered," he said. "I know that Louisville has produced a lot of good centers, so I'll give them serious thought."

The 6-foot-4, 260-pound three-star prospect will make a trip north next month for a visit.

"I'm going to hopefully swing up that way in April," he said. "I'm also going to visit Mississippi State, Kentucky and possibly Indiana."

While on his visits, Hiers will be looking to build a stronger relationship with his position coach and more.

"If they are the right fit is obviously important," he explained. "How the offensive line coach is will be important, because I'd like a relationship of more than just a coach. I'm more of a run-oriented guy, so an offense that runs that ball and if I will have a shot to play early."

Just now getting involved, U of L has some room to make up in the recruiting process as two programs that have been recruiting him for a longer period currently top his list of favorites.

"Right now USF and Kentucky are my top two, with Kentucky being number one at the moment," he said. "Those two have been recruiting me the hardest and longest, so I'm very familiar with both and Kentucky tells me that I will have a good chance to play right away."

Hiers has no timetable for his eventual college choice.

"If I really love the school during my visits then I may make a decision, or I will keep thinking things over and make a decision in January."

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