The recruiting process is just beginning for Jeslord Boateng.
The Class of 2018 defensive end from Dublin, Ohio, Coffman High School has only been playing football for three years and is in his first season of varsity football with the Shamrocks.
But no matter what happens in the future, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Boateng said the University of Louisville will "be really special to me." The Cardinals were the first school to extend a scholarship offer to Boateng.
U of L recruiting director Pete Nochta has been talking to Boateng a lot and informed him of the offer on Monday. Boateng will make a visit to Louisville this weekend for the Florida State game.
"It meant a lot; it was surreal," Boateng said of the offer. "I never thought I would ever get an offer.
"I haven't been playing football all that long and it's just really special for me to get the first offer. I played soccer first and then basketball but now it's just football for me."
Boateng said the U of L coaches have compared him to current U of L outside linebacker Devonte Fields. He's averaging two sacks a game through his first three games of the season.
"(Nochta) said I remind him of a Devonte Fields-type player and he likes the way I move and stuff," Boateng said. "He says I have a lot of upside and they can't wait to get me down there."
While he's early in the process, Boateng said he's done some research on U of L's program and "really likes" the Cardinals.
"I know they’re defensive line is always good," he said. "I'm excited to see the game, it will be a good one. Louisville is always going to be special for me, they were the first school that gave me a chance."