Junior Day visit 'exciting' for Texas lineman

Houston (Tex.) Jersey Village offensive lineman Aires Gardner attended Louisville's Junior Day. Cardinal Authority has the latest...

Among the impressive group of Junior Day visitors at the University of Louisville on Saturday was Houston (Tex.) Jersey Village offensive tackle Aires Gardner.

Making the journey from the Lonestar State, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect made most of his time in the Derby City.

"It went pretty good," he told Cardinal Authority. "It was first one and I really liked it. They were my first invite to attend Junior Day, so it was a pretty exciting thing for me and my family.

"We got to watch them practice and that was something that I enjoyed a lot," he said. "We got to go around campus. I saw were the dorms where the players live and really learn a lot about the school."

A relationship between U of L offensive line coach Chris Kelankis and Gardner's high school coach first brought the Cardinals staff attention. After watching highlight video from his junior season, an invite for Junior Day was extended.

Gardner is drawing interest from other programs, "but nothing like Louisville really," he explained.

While interest is certain to rise throughout his senior season, U of L hopes to continue to strengthen an already building relationship.

"They want us to come back for the spring game, but I won't be able to make it back for that," he said. "I do want to visit again."

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