Jody Demling

Trinity offensive lineman Max Martin will walk-on at Louisville; his uncle - Rick Nord - was a lineman for the Cardinals

Trinity High School offensive lineman Max Martin has decided to accept a preferred walk-on spot with the University of Louisville. Martin had a scholarship offer from Indianapolis.

Max Martin grew up watching the University of Louisville football program.

So when offered a spot as a preferred walk-on wioth the Cardinals, the Trinity High School offensive lineman said it was a no-brainer. He announced on Thursday that he will walk-on to U of L.

"It's home to me," Martin said. "It's just a great program and with my family being here, my uncle played there and then my Trinity brothers Reggie (Bonnafon), James (Quick), Vince (Lococo) and Cody (Swabek) it was a neasy decison.

"I'm so excited and really happy."

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Martin's father, Steve, was an All-State defensive lineman for Trinity in the late 1980s and played at Ball State. His mother, Jenny, is a member of the Nord family - which has so many connections to the U of L program.

Martin noted his uncle, Rick, walked-on to the U of L program and was an All-C-USA Conference performer his senior season in the late 1990s. Former Trinity lineman Alex Kupper did the same thing several years ago.

"I want to follow in their footsteps," Martin said.

Martin had a scholarship offer to play at the University of Indianapolis and said several other smaller schools had been in contact.

He's the second Trinity player - joining Lococo - a top linebacker - to announce they were walking on. The Cardinals also have several other local walk ons, including Collins long snapper Kyle Goss, Leslie County lineman Blake Asher and St. Xavier defensive end Ethan Adams.

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