Cards in the mix for two top OL prospects

The University of Louisville football staff continues to search the high school and junior college ranks for offensive linemen. Cardinal Authority spoke with two prospects high on the Cardinals and likely to make a visit - Josh Wariboko and Kenny Thomas.

The University of Louisville football staff continues to search for offensive line help in the Class of 2015. U of L is after several high school prospects and also looking into the junior college targets.

Cardinal Authority spoke with two of the top high school prospects. Oklahoma City, Okla., Casady School offensive guard Josh Wariboko said the Cardinals are among eight schools on his list, while Prattville, Ala., lineman Kenny Thomas is also high on the Cardinals.

Wariboko and Thomas are among about a half dozen linemen prospects on the U of L target list. The Cardinals already have two commitments in '15 - Troy Thingstad and Chandler Jones.

The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Wariboko is listed as the No. 156 prospect nationally by Scout.com and is the No. 12 offensive guard in the country.

A former commitment to Oklahoma, who re-opened the recruiting process in April, recently narrowed his list to USC, UCLA, Texas A&M, California, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ohio State and Louisville. He said he's setting up visits.

"It's still pretty crazy," said Wariboko, who will play in the Under Armour All-American game in January. "A lot of direct messages and text messages with coaches, just trying to still build relationships with those coaches.

"I'm trying to plan some officials."

Wariboko said he will make an official visit to UCLA on Nov. 22 and is "working on visits to Cal, A&M and Louisville. I want to get to see those schools."

He also noted he recently went back to watch Oklahoma play Tennessee and had to "get the officials set up around my schedule." Casady High is 4-1 on the season.

Wariboko said he has chatted with the U of L coaches about the need for the staff to bring in a few linemen who could possibly play right away.

"That's a really big thing," he said. "They told me they are losing a lot of the line and they needed help. There's a big opportunity for me to play early at Louisville and I like that idea a lot. I'm trying to finalize a date to come there to see the campus."

Another thing that could be in U of L's favor is the offer the Cardinals' sent out to Wariboko's brother, Max, during the summer. Max Wariboko is a defensive back in the Class of 2016 and has also been offered by UCLA.

"I'd say that is a big factor also," Josh Wariboko said. "To know that I would have my brother there with me, sure that would be big for both of us."

The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Thomas is ranked as the No. 65 offensive guard in the country and has offers from Mississippi State, Virginia Tech, Western Kentucky and Kentucky. He landed the Louisville offer during the summer and said he "keep talking to them a lot."

Thomas said he "isn't ready to make any kind of decision yet," noting that he's still getting interest from new schools but has started to make some visits.

He went to Mississippi State last week and is hoping to get to Louisville "sometime soon to check them out," noting the "early playing time," would be a big draw.

"They're all up there for me now," Thomas said.


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