Nord lands Louisville offer

Last week, West Boca Raton, Florida tight end Nathan Nord attended Miami's football camp and came away with a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes. Sunday, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound standout attended Louisville's camp and earned an offer from the Cardinals. Where do the Cardinals stand with Nord?

Last week, West Boca Raton, Florida tight end Nathan Nord attended Miami's football camp and came away with a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes. Sunday, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound standout attended Louisville's camp and earned an offer from the Cardinals.

Nord, the son of former Louisville offensive coordinator Gary Nord, and the nephew of Cardinals assistant Greg Nord, certainly has strong ties to the U of L program. His father, the former UTEP head coach and current OC for Howard Schnellenberger at Florida Atlantic, played for Louisville, while his uncle has been on the U of L coaching staff for a decade.

"It went great," Nord said of his Louisville camp experience. "After the camp I got to speak with Coach Kragthorpe in his office and he offered me a scholarship. He said he really liked what he saw from me during the camp. He made it clear that I'd get a lot of balls thrown my way and that was great to hear."

Besides offers from Miami and Louisville, South Florida and Air Force also have put scholarships on the table. After working out with his uncle Sunday during the camp, Nord ended his visit to Louisville on a very high note.

"I was excited about the offer," said Nord. "I was really hoping that Louisville would offer me and I was really excited when it happened. I would not mind playing for Louisville and Coach Kragthorpe.

"I thought there was a good chance that they would offer once they saw me in camp. I think they needed to see how I blocked and see if I passed the eye-ball (test). I think I showed them I could play today."

From Louisville, Nord plans to head to Purdue and Boston College for camps. "That will be all for the summer," he said. Though he's not ready to name favorites, it's clear Louisville is in ideal position to land his services.

"I don't want to name (favorites), but I would say Louisville is really high on my list," Nord said. "I really like them."

The old saying goes that blood is thicker than water. That appears the case in Nord's recruitment. It seems apparent Nord's family ties to the Louisville program will be a big factor in his college decision.

"That's really important to me," Nord said. "I wouldn't have that anywhere else. My whole family are Louisville fans. That would be really cool to have my family there to watch me. Louisville's a neat place and the facilities are really nice. I think they have some of the most dedicated fans in the country. It's just a great place."

Nord doesn't plan to drag out his recruitment. "I would like to get it over this summer," he said. "I think I'll probably decide next month."


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