Cards visit Illinois offensive lineman

6-foot-6, 315-pound Illinois All-State offensive lineman Shawn Bernaky of Downer's Grove South High School received a visit from a member of the Louisville coaching staff late last week

While Louisville has already landed a verbal commitment from one mammoth offensive lineman in 6-foot-7, 305-pound Josh Hawkins, it also appears that they are taking a closer look at another of similar size in Downer's Grove South (Ill.) High School's Shawn Bernaky.

While the 6-foot-6, 315-pound Bernaky received a couple of early scholarship offers from Bowling Green and Toledo, many others waited in anticipation for video from his first few games. Louisville was apparently impressed as assistant coach Reggie Johnson visited Bernaky at his school prior to making the trip north to Connecticut.

"A couple coaches came by my school last week – Louisville and Marshall," he said on Sunday evening. He also continues to receive interest from, "all of the Big 10, a few from the Big 12, all of the MAC, a few from the Big East and a few from Conference USA."

The three-year starter told Inside The Ville that he received positive feedback from the two visiting coaches and learned that he may soon have a third scholarship offer.

"They both told me that they really liked me," he said. "Louisville said that they might offer soon."

While he has yet to schedule any official visits, he does has a few things in mind that he will be looking for when he begins taking trips.

"I want to see how their offensive style is and how the coaches are with the players," he said. "I also want to check into what the school has for want to study, which is secondary and physical education."

Following his senior season, Bernaky, who helped guide his team to an 8-3 record and a spot in the second round of the Illinois Class 8A state playoffs, was named All-State, All Conference and All-Area.

Bernaky is fully qualified. He benches 320 and squats 515.


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