Chad Simmons

Gadsden City, Ala., offensive lineman Toryque Bateman is high on Louisville's list and will make official visit

Gadsden City, Ala., offensive lineman Toryque Bateman is high on the list for the University of Louisville. He made an unofficial visit several weeks ago and will make an official visit before picking a college.

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 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."

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