JUCO lineman likes Louisville 'a whole lot'

Eastern Arizona College offensive lineman Khalil Hunter has had the University of Louisville near the top of his list for a few months. Hunter is starting to generate more interest but says he still has a liking for the Cardinals.

It's no secret the University of Louisville football program needs the Class of 2015 to have a few offensive linemen who can help right away in it.

The Cardinals already have two offensive linemen committed in the class but the staff is still looking around, including the junior-college ranks.

Eastern Arizona College standout Khalil Hunter has U of L "near the top" of his list as he continues to improve and his interest continues to grow. The 6-foot-3, 290-pound Hunter, a native of Orlando, Fla., said he wants to visit U of L soon.

"I like the chance they were my first offer, they took a chance on me," Hunter said. "I have others now, but I still like them a lot for that and for the program. The ACC gives me a chance to play close to home some and the coaches are great."

Hunter said early playing time has been talked about and is a "big, big" factor.

"(Line coach Chris Klenakis) told me they need linemen," Hunter said. "So for me, I just have two years to play. I want to find somewhere I can play right away."

Hunter said he's in double digits of offers, including U of L, South Florida, Georgia, Cincinnati, Georgia Southern, Memphis and others. He said Mississippi State, Purdue and Illinois are among the schools who called this week.

"I watched my highlight video from this year (five games), and I've improved so much," Hunter said. "I wish you could see it. I am so much better. I am not just getting to the defensive line, but one play get to the safety and blow him up.

"I feel like I have really improved a lot."

Hunter, who is down from 308 pounds to 295ish, said he "feels a lot quicker."

With U of L's staff still "showing a lot of love," the Cardinals are sure to get a visit from Hunter at some point during the season.

"Yes, I want to check it out," he said. "I like them a lot." !-- BEGIN MESSAGE BOARD CALLOUT -->

Cardinal Authority Top Stories