With his cousin on the current University of Louisville roster and several other familiar names playing for the Cardinals, 2016 Vero Beach, Fla., defensive end Patrick Bethel said he's going to take a serious look at the U of L program.
The Cardinals are one of about 15 offers already for the 6-foot-4, 245-pound Bethel, whose father - Randy - played tight end on two national title teams at Miami.
The younger Bethel also already has offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, Florida Atlantic, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and Wake Forest among others.
"Right now, all of my options are open," Bethel said. "I like Louisville. I know a little about them because Javonte Bagley is my cousin and I know they have a lot of Florida guys up there on that team. They have a good program.
Bagley is a freshman wide receiver who played at Vero Beach and Bethel said he's heard some good things from his family member.
"I saw him a few weeks ago and he was telling me how much he likes it there," Bethel said. "But I'm just trying to keep an open mind right now."
Bethel finished his junior season with 65 tackles, including 18 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. He's one of the top defensive players in the area.
"I had a good junior year but I'm still not satisfied," he said. "I have a lot of things I need to work on to get better.
"I like to get after it and use my moves to get past the lineman. So, I still need to work on all of that to get better before next season."
Bethel is sure to get a lot of attention from colleges in the offseason. Vero Beach head coach Lenny Jankowski recently told Scout.com that Bethel is the "total package."
"He’s strong, he’s quick, he plays with a lot of energy, he finishes plays, he’s an extremely hard worker and a smart player. His athleticism for a 240-pound guy has allowed him to do a lot of things for us."