Birmingham (Ala.) Huffman defensive tackle Allen Love saw his total number of scholarship offers climb to 27 this week when Louisville visited his school and officially joined the race to land his services.
"This is an offer that I've been wanting for a long time, so it was exciting to finally get it," he said. "It's still sinking it, but I'm just blessed that I got it."
Love had a taste of the Louisville experience last season when he visited the program for its home game against Wake Forest on Nov. 12. That visit, along with his relationship with U of L defensive line coach L.D. Scott - an Alabama native - has made the Cardinals a team that Love has focused in on.
"I went down there for the Wake Forest game last year and when I was there, just the feeling with the fan base and the coaches, the environment, it all felt good," he said. "How coach Scott is, I like him a lot."
Scott made a visit to Love's school on Tuesday and informed the 6-foot-2, 280-pound interior lineman that Louisville had an offer for him.
"He was telling me that I can be an impact guy and that I can come in and play," Love told Cardinal Authority.
In addition to the Cardinals, Love also holds offers from Colorado State, Kentucky, Memphis, NC State, Purdue, Rutgers, Southern Miss, Western Kentucky and a host of others.
"It's a blessing because there's a lot of people who don't have any," he said of the multiple college opportunities. "I stay working hard everyday. It doesn't matter how many offers I have, I'm still going to be a monster and still put the same effort in. It's great, but it's hard to because you can only choose one school."
Huffman High School is currently participating in spring practice and Love anticipates making a trip to Louisville upon its completion in late May. It's also the time when he hopes to trim his list of schools down to a dozen. A college choice is likely to come in late July.
"Louisville will be one of the favorites," he said. "I'm going to knock it down to the top 12 probably next month and then release that around my spring game. If everything goes right I will make my decision in July. I'm going to do it on my birthday (July 22), so I can get it out of the way and focus on my season and the games to help my team get to the state championship."