"I was excited to receive the offer from Louisville," Sands said. "I've been in contact with Coach (Greg) Nord for a while, but I was still a little surprised when the offer came. I'm very interested in Louisville and I want to find out more about their school."
Sands said that Nebraska, Wisconsin, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Boston College and Virginia are currently his favorites. However, with their recent offer, the Cardinals could move up into that group atop Sands' list.
"I want to do some more research about Louisville and take a visit there this summer," Sands said. "After I learn more about them and visit there they'll probably move up into that top group on my list.
"Coach Nord has been recruiting me and he's done a good job building a relationship with me. He's been out to my high school this spring and he's let me know how much he wants me to play at Louisville. Louisville's recent success is very enticing. They play an exciting brand of football."
On the field, Sands has the combination of athletic and academic ingredients that college's look for. Already qualified academically, Sands also benches 350 pounds, squats 550 and has a 27-inch vertical jump.
"I'm a very aggressive player," Sands said. "I have a nasty streak on the field and I'm a leader on my team and was just named as a captain for next season. I play with emotion, but I keep it under control.
"I'm a solid run and pass blocker and I love to get after it. A lot of schools are recruiting me to play center or guard and a few want me as a tackle. I can play all three positions, but I like to play inside. One of my biggest strengths is pulling. I think Louisville would probably put me inside."
Sands has a pretty firm idea about the recruiting process and when he'll ultimately pick a school.
"I'd like to get a Top 5 set in stone by the end of July and decide before the start of the season," Sands said.