Louisville pushing for Hoffarber commitment?

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, will visit Louisville later this month and it appears the Cardinals have strong interest. Might Hoffarber make a decision after that visit? Chris Monter caught up with Hoffarber's father, Bruce, to learn the latest.

Blake Hoffarber, a 6-foot-3 rising senior guard from Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins, has received two new offers, according to his father, Bruce.

"Vanderbilt offered Monday and Oregon offered yesterday. He is now up to 21 offers, but we plan to narrow down the list."

Hoffarber also has scholarship offers from Albany, Arkansas-Little Rock, Bucknell, Cincinnati, Delaware, Furman, Louisville, Loyola, Montana, Nebraska, Northern Iowa, Rice, Rutgers, San Francisco, Santa Clara, Virginia Tech, Washington State, William & Mary and Wisconsin-Green Bay.

Hoffarber will travel to Louisville on the 28th of August for an unofficial visit. The Cardinals have offered Hoffarber and are hoping for a commitment when he visits that Monday. He will likely visit Vanderbilt Sunday and Cincinnati Tuesday. However, the Louisville coaches might want him to modify his travel plans.

"They said that they would like him to visit Louisviile first. They said that "if you love what you see, maybe we can get a commitment out of you."

Besides being one of the top shooters
in his class, Blake Hoffarber has also
won an ESPY. (View Sports)

Hoffarber is an excellent student with a 3.91 GPA. Minnesota, where his older sister and brother are currently attending, has met with Hoffarber about walking on for a year and then having a scholarship for the final four years. Minnesota currently has 12 players on scholarship and has a commitment from Hoffarber's AAU teammate Al Nolen Jr. However, that could change, according to Bruce.

"Dan Monson sent an e-mail saying there's something different that he wanted to talk about. He wanted us to come down to the campus. We would like to do it sooner than later, since Hoffarber is hoping to narrow his list of schools to five in mid-August."

However, Minnesota extended a scholarship offer to his AAU teammate Jon Leuer, Wednesday, which would leave them without a scholarship for Hoffarber.

"We may stop by the campus tonight or tomorrow. However, I'm not sure what good that is going to do."

Minnesota could hope that a scholarship could open up, if a player transfers after the season. However, Hoffarber said that it would tough to make teams wait for him to make a decision.

"I don't think that we are going to wait that long."

Mike Brey, the head coach of Notre Dame, is coming to visit the family in early September. Hoffarber said that they will likely narrow their list of schools later this month.

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