The University of Louisville football staff is looking to add a couple more offensive linemen to the Class of 2017.
The Cardinals are in the mix with several elite prospects, including three-star Gadsden City, Ala., massive offensive tackle Toryque Bateman, who made an unofficial visit to U of L several weeks ago.
The 6-foot-8, 305-pound Bateman said he enjoyed the trip so much that he will make an official visit to U of L.
"It was exactly what I expected," Bateman said. "I am now very excited to take my official visit there.
"I haven't set up a date yet but I know for sure I am going to Louisville."
Bateman, who is also a basketball player at Gadsden City, said he will also visit Miami and Michigan and noted those could be his only three visits. He will sign in February.
With U of L, Bateman said the staff has been talking to him about being able to block for Lamar Jackson for a season and also the need for the Cardinals to be able to sign a few more linemen.
"They have talked to me about coming in and playing early and being a big factor," Bateman said. "And that's a big deal to me. They said I can play early on. I want to be able to play in my first or second year at a school, that's big for me."
Bateman said he feels like U of L's offense is the "perfect fit" for him. His Scout.com analysis says: "He has still a lot to learn, but he has the frame, he has great length, his is athletic, and he has real upside at offensive tackle."
"I do feel like I fit perfect with their team," Bateman said. " I feel like they have a great offense for me to play in. I would also benefit great with the athletes they have on outside - the quarterback and running backs.
"I feel like I am a little more athletic than the guys they have there. It's a good situation."