Louisville moves up three-star OL's list

Louisville offered Cincinnati Elder three-star lineman Austen Bujnoch early this week. The Cardinals landed three of the top prospects out of the Queen City last year, besting the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats in each case. It looks like UofL and UC will battle it out again for the 6-5, 265-pound Bujnoch.

Louisville offered Cincinnati Elder three-star lineman Austen Bujnoch early this week. The Cardinals landed three of the top prospects out of the Queen City last year, besting the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats in each case. It looks like UofL and UC will battle it out again for the 6-5, 265-pound Bujnoch.

In recent years, Cincinnati has been fertile recruiting ground for Louisville. Last year, the Cardinals landed signed three players from Cincinnati St. Xavier. On Monday, the Cardinals entered the race for the talented Bujnoch, sending him a formal scholarship offer.

"(Coach Brohm) recently came into our school and said they were really close to offering me and they were going to further evaluate my film," Bujnoch said. "I was excited at first because it's a Big East school and that's pretty big. And then I got the offer and I was pretty excited about that because that opened up more options for me."

Bujnoch has lots of familiarity with the Louisville program. His brother played at Elder High with current Louisville All-American center Eric Wood before moving on to play for Cincinnati. Bujnoch also played against three incoming Cardinals in high school – Darius Ashley, Stephon Ball and Greg Scruggs.

"He (Wood) played with my brother and I got a chance to see him play growing up and he's really good," Bujnoch said. "I also know they signed a few people from (Cincinnati) St. X this year and I played against a couple of them. They're getting people out of the Cincinnati which is good."

With Louisville's offer, Bujnoch now boasts seven offers. Where does Louisville's offer put them on Bujnoch's list?

"They're definitely in the top three or four," said Bujnoch. "Louisville has a great program and I've seen them play a lot. They play exciting football, I know that. They're definitely top three."

Bujnoch also said the hometown Cincinnati Bearcats and Indiana round out his top three. He also mentioned Stanford as a school that has his interest. With several offers already on the table and a pretty good grasp on his current favorites, Bujnoch is looking to make his college decision before the start of his senior season.

"I'd like to make my decision before the season to take all the pressure off and just focus on winning games and not on where I'm going," Bujnoch said. "The factors for me are I'd like to play early – maybe not my freshman year but getting in the mix my sophomore year. The campus and location also factor in. Sometimes I want to be close to home and sometimes I don't. Right now I feel like staying close to home."

A versatile prospect, Bujnoch is being recruited as an athletic offensive tackle prospect by Louisville and others. He has a big frame, quick feet and room to add 40-50 more pounds.

"I can play every position – that's what I did this year," he said. "I feel like I'm really good at pass blocking. I played against some top defensive ends this year and that's really good preparation for me in the future. I feel like I'm really quick and athletic for my position. I need to improve my explosiveness off the ball and staying low. I need to improve my speed and keep getting stronger.

Bujnoch said he plans to camp at two of his favorites schools this summer.

"I think I'm going to attend Cincinnati and Louisville and Notre Dame just came in today and said they want me to attend camp," Bujnoch said.


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