Visit re-assures commits

Florida tight end Nathan Nord and Indiana offensive lineman Ryan Barnes both made official visits to Louisville this weekend. While Nord and Barnes had already verbally committed to the Cardinals prior to their visits, their time in Louisville the past two days reassured both that U of L is the place they want to be next season.

Florida tight end Nathan Nord and Indiana offensive lineman Ryan Barnes both made official visits to Louisville this weekend. While Nord and Barnes had already verbally committed to the Cardinals prior to their visits, their time in Louisville the past two days reassured both that U of L is the place they want to be next season.

Nord, a 6'6, 220 pound three-star prospect from Boca Raton, Florida, enjoyed his trip. The nephew of Louisville assistant Greg Nord, Nord was hosted by both Gary Barnidge and Scott Kuhn.

"I got a chance to see a few things that I hadn't seen before and it just made me feel more comfortable about my decision," Nord said. "It just reassured me that's what I want to do. I was pretty solid before I even left for the visit but now I'm even more solid. I'm (firmly) committed."

Besides attending the Louisville-Dayton basketball game Saturday, Nord also had an opportunity to learn more about the academic program's that U of L offers.

"Basically the academic part I hadn't really talked to anybody about. I met with the advisor and he pretty much showed me all of the different areas that I could study and major in," he said.

Nord also had a chance to talk with U of L coach Steve Kragthorpe.

"I got to talk to him right before I left and my mom talked to him a little bit one-on-one," Nord said. "It was a very brief conversation. He just asked how the visit went, how I was feeling about Louisville and if I was still committed. That was basically it. He just said it was a pleasure having us there visiting."


Ryan Barnes

Nord, who roomed with Barnes, said he had a chance to get to know two other prospects who visited over the weekend – three-star DE Dexter Heyman and three-star JUCO wide receiver Maurice Clark.

"I roomed with Ryan Barnes. So I hung out with him a little bit and we got to know each other," Nord said. "I talked to Dexter Heyman and the junior college (kid). They were all good guys. As far as I'm aware they did not commit but they seemed like they were pretty interested."

Barnes, a 6'7, 305 pound offensive lineman from Carmel, IN, also enjoyed his official visit to Louisville.

"I had a great time," Barnes said. "We went to the basketball game on Saturday and just hung out with the players. Saturday night we watched the Mayweather-Hatten fight at one of the former football player's house. It was fun."

Barnes also got to interact with Kragthorpe before heading home Sunday afternoon.

"I talked to Coach Kragthorpe (Sunday)," Barnes said. "We had a good conversation but we didn't talk much about football. He just thanked us for coming and he said they couldn't wait until I get down there."

Barnes said he was solid in his commitment to Louisville.


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