Mystery recruit Ryan Kessling picks Cards

Florida offensive lineman Ryan Kessling prospect received a late invite to officially visit the University of Louisville and commited to the Cardinals while on his visit this weekend.

One thing you can always count on every recruiting period is the emergence of a new name on the Louisville radar. One such recruit surfaced just over a week ago and it didn't take long for him to make his college decision.

Tallahassee Chilies (Fla.) High School offensive lineman Ryan Kessling joined the growing list of Louisville football commitments when he made an official visit with the program over the weekend.

"He's on his way home, but I talked to him briefly and he said that they offered a full ride and that he committed," said his father on Sunday afternoon.

Kessling, a 6-foot-6, 280-pound lineman went unnoticed by virtually every college recruiter throughout the country until recently.

"We have a young coach at Chilies, so we didn't get any video highlights of him out until just recently," his father continued. "He received 800 to 900 letters from a bunch of different schools, but no one saw him play."

A recent trip to the Sunshine State by U of L offensive coordinator Paul Petrino has paid off for the Cardinals.

"He came in the day that we actually finished putting together a highlight video to send out," Mr. Kessling explained. "He saw the first four plays and that was all he needed to see. He said right then that they wanted to bring him up for a visit this weekend. After he got back to Louisville, his brother, who is the head coach, called and asked him to come up this weekend."

While in Tallahassee, Paul Petrino was able to see the athleticism of the imposing lineman first-hand.

"He was practicing for the Senior Bowl in the gym because it was raining," Kessling continued. "He saw him dunk a basketball and then said that they wanted him."

While his senior campaign went unseen by college coaches, the area high school coaches were full aware of his abilities and have honored him as First-Team All-District and First-Team All-Big Bend. will have more on Ryan Kessling when he returns home later this evening.

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