Cards eyeing Canadian prospect

Steve's Kragthorpe's staff is looking under every rock in an effort to find some talented defensive recruits. The Cardinals latest foray has taken them north of the border to Ontario, Canada, where they are eyeing an athletic defensive end prospect.

Steve's Kragthorpe's staff is looking under every rock in an effort to find some talented defensive recruits. The Cardinals latest foray has taken them north of the border to Ontario, Canada, where they are eyeing an athletic defensive end prospect.

"Kalven Seilis, I believe is going to Louisville for a visit – I don't know if it will be this weekend or next," said Ron Dias, Canada's top football recruiting guru.

Whether or not that visit occurs will largely depend on Louisville's new defensive coaches, particularly coordinator Ron English and defensive line coach Ken Delgado.

"Louisville wants to see a little more film from this year," Huron Heights coach Heath Weir said. "Mark Nelson met him last summer at a camp and likes him. By the sound of it – the vibe I got in talking to Coach Nelson yesterday was that maybe his head coach isn't as crazy about Kalven as Mark Nelson is."

Sielis is a 6'5, 230-pound defensive end from Huron Heights High School in Newmarket, Ontario, a suburb of Toronto.

"He's very quick and athletic," Dias said. "He's currently a much better athlete than he is a physical specimen because he started late. He's just growing into his (body). He has a tremendous upside. He runs very well."

Seilis verbally committed to Eastern Michigan last spring and the Chippewas did their best to keep his talent a secret. But in this day and age it's hard to keep secrets in the recruiting world and word has trickled out about Silas' potential.

"He's very early in the process," Dias said. "He verballed to Eastern Michigan and they didn't want him to go to any summer camps. So he didn't do any of that. He should have kept his options open because he's a major college prospect. He really is a major sleeper. If he played in a football hotbed state, he'd be a top (prospect). He'd be a very good late steal for the Cardinals."

Louisville is in need of immediate help on the defensive line, especially at end. Whether or not Seilis could come in and help next season remains uncertain. What doesn't appear in question is his potential.

"Maybe not initially coming out of camp but by game five or six he might be ready," Dias said. "Canadian kids are always about six months behind their American counterparts just as far as technique and football culture. There is always an adjustment period for Canadian players. But I don't see him sitting on the bench – he's a prospect."


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