Standout Indiana OL talks Louisville visit

Mishawaka, Ind., Penn standout offensive lineman Ben Knutson recaps his visit to the University of Louisville on Tuesday for spring practice. Knutson has eight scholarship offers and said he would be back at U of L during the summer for camp.

The recruiting process has been solid for Mishawaka, Ind., Penn offensive lineman Ben Knutson, who already had eight scholarship offers.

The 6-foot-8, 280-pound Knutson is hoping for one from the University of Louisville soon. He visited the Cardinals on Tuesday and watched spring practice.

"It went well," Knutson said. "I really liked what I saw."

Knutson watched the two hour practice, chatted with some of the coaches - including head coach Bobby Petrino - and took a tour of campus.

He was "very impressed" with the facilities, especially one part of them.

"They showed us the dorms and I really liked those," he said. "That was a big positive for me. Coach (Dave) Boller impressed me with the campus tour. He knew the right things to show me and the things that really helped Louisville stick out.

"And one of those things was the dorms. They were a whole lot better than anything else that I have seen at the other places I've visited."

Knutson said he has eight offers but the in-state schools - Indiana and Purdue - are the two schools that "stick out right now," in the process. He also has offers from Illinois, Buffalo, Eastern Michigan, Toledo, Western Michigan and Miami (Ohio).

While on spring break, Knutson said he's going to see a few other schools including a stop tomorrow in Lexington at Kentucky.

"I was down here with my family, especially my brother (Mike)," Knutson said. "He's a high school sophomore and was looking at the (U of L) swim program.

"I liked it a lot. One thing I noticed is that it was a lot faster paced than a lot of practice I have been too at Purdue and the MAC schools. They move from place to place in such a fast pace. I really liked that about it."

Knutson, who plans to study business in college, is hoping to get back to U of L at some point during the summer for a camp.


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