Despite attending his high school prom the night before, Kiernan, who picked up a scholarship offer from Louisville a month ago, made the short drive south on I-71 to check out the Cardinals program.
"It was good," said the 6-foot-6, 240-pounder of his unofficial visit. "I liked it a lot."
During his stay, Kiernan was able to spend time visiting with the coaches, touring the Howard L. Schnellenberger Football Complex and watched the Cardinals practice and scrimmage inside the Trager Center.
"They practice with a lot of intensity," he said. "I love that stuff."
With just one scholarship offer in, Kiernan admits that it is too early in the process to come up with a short list of favorites.
"It's still pretty early, but I've liked Louisville for awhile," explained Kiernan, who helped guide NewCath to the Class A state title last fall. "They are kind of like an up and coming program and have been winning."
While it was the first such visit for Kiernan, having a father and uncle that played college ball at Notre Dame is making the recruiting process a little easier.
"It helps out a little bit because they both have an idea of what things are like," he explained.
Kiernan is also a standout on the hardwood, where he helped his team reach the regional finals.
Kiernan, who currently has no plans to visit other schools, will attend the Scout.com All-American combine at Louisville on May 20.