University of Louisville assistant basketball coach Kenny Johnson reached out to Bloomington, Ind., North High School 2018 forward Musa Jallow just over a month ago to gauge his interest.
Jallow said since the first text message he's started to "build a good relationship" with Johnson.
The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Jallow, who had a breakout July with Team Blaze, decided to check out the Louisville program with an unofficial visit. He was on campus to see the basketball practice facility and watch the football game against Florida State on Saturday with the staff.
"He asked me if I wanted to come down and it was nice," Jallow said. "I went to the game and we just hung out. It was a good game to go too for a recruit. I liked it down there and I like coach Johnson.
"It was nice because I got to see his personality. He was really cheering them on during the game."
Jallow, who has nine scholarship offers already, said he knew about Louisville program but when the interest came from the Cardinals he chatted with several of his coaches about Rick Pitino.
"I didn't think a lot about them until they started recruiting me," Jallow said. "But my coach said Louisville was a really good school to go too. Rick Pitino is a really good coach and can get you to the next level and knows a lot of people in the game.
"He has his stamp on college basketball and is one of the best coaches out there."
Jallow's first offer came from Indiana and he has been on campus - which is just two miles from his high school - multiple times. He has offers from Vanderbilt, Butler, Purdue, Virginia, Northwestern and Stanford all since the middle of July.
"I'm going to make a few more visits this fall and try to get as much information on schools as I can," Jallow said. "I still have a lot of time and I am still open. I just want to see what schools really want me."