Eastern Arizona College offensive tackle Toriano Roundtree has the size and athleticism to make an impact at an FBS program upon arrival. Interest and scholarship offers are increasing for the 6-foot-7, 285-pound lineman, who made a trip east to visit Louisville.
"The trip was amazing," he said. "Everyone on the football staff, the coaches to the academic advisers were all great. I loved everything about the school. It was the best visit that I've ever been on."
Louisville's interest in Roundtree blossomed as spring neared and grew in intensity from the start, creating a close relationship with Cardinals offensive line coach Chris Klenakis.
"They discovered me through my coach at Eastern Arizona," explained Roundtree. "We've been talking since March. Coach K and I have talked about four days a week since then and we have a really good relationship.
"Coach K is amazing. He has great energy, a great attitude and he plays to win. I think he's offensive genius and he's an amazing guy."
A product of Gainesville (Fla.) Yonge, Roundtree has drawn a scholarship offer from Florida and visited the Gators program last month. He's also drawn interest from Utah State, UTEP and Texas - San Antonio
The scholarship offer from Florida is for the 2016 class, but Roundtree's hope is to find an FBS home for the 2015 season.
"Get to a school this fall is my plan," he said.
While he "really only discussed football" during his time in the Derby City, Roundtree is confident that the Cardinals have room for him to join the Cardinals this fall.
"They said they needed someone to replace Jamon Brown, who was drafted by the Rams this year," explained Roundtree. "They are looking for someone to come in play that spot.
"They like my size and my athleticism. They are looking for me to play quick tackle, so they are looking for a really athletic tackle that can move and is good at pass blocking."
In addition to the opportunity to join a program that is expected to compete for the ACC crown this season, Roundtree is also attracted to U of L by success of producing professional quality linemen.
"People around me and know about football really talk about how Coach K coaches the offensive line is what the NFL is looking for," he said. "When Louisville guys go to camp they isn't much that they have to learn because they are ready. I don't just hear that from him, but from everybody."
Roundtree, who anticipates making his college choice in the "next couple of days," doesn't shy from naming his current favorite and .
"Louisville is the team to beat," he said. "I just need to sit down and talk with my family, but I know that I'm going to make my decision soon.