Louisville's first day of spring practice also served host to a group of recruits who took in the action from the sidelines inside Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. Included in the group were a pair of teammates from Birmingham (Ala.) Vestavia Hills, offensive lineman Patrick Nuss and safety Jonathan Hess, a 2018 prospect.
The pair spent time touring the campus, athletic facilities and more during their time in the Derby City.
Nuss, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound offensive tackle, has been drawing interest from the Cardinals program for awhile and took the opportunity to make the drive north on I-65.
"It was a fun visit," he said. "It's a good campus. I learned a lot about the program. We went around and toured the campus, the football facilities and some of the academic buildings."
Nuss' busy week continues on Wednesday, when he makes a visit with in-state Alabama and then next week he's heading to Southern Miss. He's also making camp plans, which will likely include a return trip to Louisville.
"The two definite that I already have set up are Ole Miss and Alabama, but probably Louisville now, along with Georgia and Auburn."
The Cardinals will continue to keep tabs on Nuss during the coming months.
"They are going to come and watch me in the spring at our high school football practices in April," he said.
Louisville is among the first programs expressing interest in Jonathan Hess, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound safety. Alabama and Troy are also showing early recruiting signs.
"I thought it was a great place," he said. "I liked the city a lot and liked how how on the campus all the athletic stuff is on one side and all the academic stuff is on another side."
Hess was impressed from his visit to the campus and from what he learned about the U of L athletic programs.
"I didn't know how good of a school it was until I saw campus," he said. "I didn't hardly know anything about it, but I learned a lot on the visit. I liked the athletic facilities a lot and I really liked their adidas contract, I think that's pretty sweet."
The Cardinals will also be checking out the 2018 prospect this spring and have invited him for a return trip this fall.
"They talked about coming down to watch me practice this spring and then talked about me coming back up to visit for a game."