High Point, N.C., Wesleyan Christian center Ian Steere said his visit to the University of Louisville was already going great.
And then U of L head coach Rick Pitino told him he was offering the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Steere a scholarship.
"It was great and I was just very excited," Steere said. "It was just a really good visit. I got to see the whole campus, I got to see the Yum Center. I loved it all. I love the campus and I love the coaches.
"It was good getting there and seeing it all."
Steere, who is ranked No. 76 in the Class of 2018 and the No. 9 post player, said Pitino reminded him several times that he was the on;y '18 center prospect that the Cardinals have brought in for a visit.
Playing for Team Charlotte on the Under Armour circuit this summer, Steere said Pitino told him the U of L staff was making him a "priority."
"Coach Pitino told me that a lot," Steere said of the Cardinals' need for a big man. "He talked to me a lot about the importance of me being in this class with what they already have coming in. He said I was a key piece to that class."
Steere has 26 scholarship offers, including Kansas, Clemson, Georgia, Arkansas, Missouri, Maryland, Texas Tech, Tennessee, Florida State, UConn, Pitt, and Creighton, while recently taking a visit to North Carolina State.
He said the plan is to narrow his list before the first evaluation period of July and then perhaps narrow it again in early August before taking his official visits and "making a decision before my season."
"I want to make my official visits and see," he said.
While he didn't name any favorites, Steere said Louisville gave him a good vibe on the visit.
"Coach Pitino is a legend in the basketball world," Steere said. "He's a great coach and he's also a great person. It was great to sit down and have a conversation with him. I enjoyed it a lot.
"Overall, it was just a great visit knowing that could possibly be my home for the next four years."