Cards first to offer in-state tight end

It's still early in the 2006 recruiting process, but the University of Louisville coaches have started extending scholarship offers to the prospects that rate high on their targets board.

Late last week, U of L head coach Bobby Petrino and assistant head coach Greg Nord extended a verbal offer to Madison Southern tight end Luke Stocker.

"I called up there on friday and talked to Coach Nord for awhile and then I talked with Coach Petrino," explained the 6-foot-5, 250-pound prospect. "Coach Petrino offered me. He told me that they would love to have me be apart of that team."

While Louisville is the first to offer, it is early in the recruiting process, which is unknown territory for Stocker.

"It's cool," said Stocker, who has also recently spoken with coaches from Vanderbilt. "I get a lot of mail. It's pretty interesting because I've never experienced anything like this."

The schools sending regular mail include: Vanderbilt, Indiana, Michigan State, Auburn, Stanford, Kentucky and Tennessee.

"I'm going to Louisville's camp," said Stocker. "That's the only one I know for sure. I did get an invitation to UK's camp too."

An All-Conference selection as a junior, Stocker, who is projected as a tight end by some, realizes he may have an opportunity to play on the other side of the ball in college as well.

"They told me that they like me as a tight end, but they also said that they like me as defensive end," explained Stocker. "It doesn't really matter which to me. I just want to be on the field."

And his decision as to which field he'll call home during his college years may come sooner, rather than later and that one team has grabbed the early lead.

"I don't want to wait that long," said Stocker. "I'm definately favoring U of L. I'm pointing in that direction right now."

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