Nord torn; Down to two programs

Nathan Nord is widely considered Florida's No. 1 tight end and the West Boca High standout has things down to a final two - Louisville and Miami. Will Miami's rich football tradition carry the day or will family ties seal the deal for the Cardinals? With a decision looming, Nord breaks down the situation with

Nathan Nord only played a few games last season. However, he's widely considered the state's No. 1 tight end prospect because of his blend of size, speed, athletic ability, and pass-catching skills. He put all of that on display at every camp he's been to this summer. Two of those camp performances ended in scholarship offers and those two schools happen to be the two finalists.

"It's pretty much Louisville and Miami," Nord said. "Florida's trying to jump in there. They text me a couple times every day. They're trying to get me to hold off on making a commitment so they can watch the first couple games of the season. I went and ran routes for them and they were impressed but they wanna see some film to see how I block."

For Louisville and Miami, they're already sold on what Nord is capable of doing. He was scheduled to see Boston College and Purdue this month as well.

"I cancelled (those) trip(s)," he said. "It was pointless for me to go since I got the offers that I wanted."

With the Cardinals and Hurricanes battling it out for his services, Nord said he's hoping to have a final decision very soon.

"One part of me wants to get this done and over with so I can focus on my senior season," he said. "Another part of me wants to take some visits and hold off. Right now, I'm leaning towards getting it over with. It could be very soon."

The talented tight end prospect, 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds, was asked to compare the two programs.

"Miami's Miami," he said. "They have all that tradition with winning national championships and everything. That's a big time school. Louisville has its advantages too. It's home feeling up there with my family. My uncle would be coaching me (since he's the tight ends coach there). Then again, I don't wanna be known as Gary Nord's son around there. I want to have my own name. I just wish Louisville had more tradition."

Nord said he's being recruited by his uncle and Coach Myers at Louisville and coaches Stoutland and Pannunzio at Miami.

"I have a good relationship with both coaching staffs," he said. "I talk to both of them pretty much all the time. I was talking to Coach Kragthorpe yesterday. He wanted to get me up there to check out the school and everything again."

Nord will actually have the opportunity to take him up on that offer in the next couple weeks.

"I'm actually going up there tomorrow for a wedding," he said. "I'll be spending about 10 days up there so I'm sure I'll stop by the school while I'm there."

Nord's not ready to give out any hints into his final decision however.

"They're both great programs and I could be happy at either place," he said. "It's been a tough process but I'm glad I've had the opportinity to do it. Right now, it's just a feeling that I'll get as far as when it'll actually happen."

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