Always in search of a great pass-catching tight end, a key component of the Bobby Petrino offense, Louisville extended a scholarship offer to Arizona Western C.C. tight end Jeremy Patton on Thursday.
The 6-foot-7, 235-pound prospect has seen interest climb following his freshman season at Arizona Western, where he led the team with four touchdown receptions while hauling 17 receptions for 316 yards.
Utah was the first to offer, but Patton informed Cardinal Authority that Louisville was "officially his second offer." UAB followed suit on Thursday evening, becoming the third to extend a commitable offer. Missouri, Tennessee, San Diego State, Indiana are also among the growing list of schools expressing a high interest in Patton.
A product of Indianapolis Lawrence Central, where he drew more attention as a basketball player, Patton, who is being recruited by assistant Chris Klenakis, was "excited" about the Cardinals offer.
"There are many coming soon, but I love Louisville," he said. "I'm from Indianapolis, so it's close to home."
Patton credits his experience on the hardwood for helping him further develop into an offensive threat at tight end.
"It really helped," he explained. "It made me way more flexible, and my speed and jumping ability are what most of the coaches like about me, plus it helped with my hand-eye coordination."
Still early in the recruiting process, Patton is in no rush to pick a favorite from the increasing list of options.
"I'm taking my time and really enjoying the process," he said. "Hard work is finally paying off."
He's on schedule to complete his two-year degree in December and will have three years to play two following the 2016 football season.