"I'm pretty excited," Ryan Osiecki said. "I love throwing the ball down the field and I think their offense fits my style. I've got a strong arm and it just seems perfect. As of right now I'm all set. All the papers are signed. I'm not going to be a scholarship guy but I am a preferred walk-on."
Louisville defensive coordinator Ron English began recruiting Osiecki earlier this spring. After watching him perform at a recent combine two weeks ago, the Cardinals decided to move on the talented quarterback. But without an available scholarship, Osiecki will join Louisville as walk-on next season.
"They got some film about two months ago and they came and watched him practice and they liked the way he threw the ball," said Milford coach Bill Chaplick. "He was our starting quarterback last year for an 11-1 team. He had a pretty good year. He's definitely Louisville's kind of quarterback."
A native of Seymore, Connecticut, Osiecki was set to attend UConn out of high school. Osiecki, however, failed to qualify academically and spent a prep season at Milford instead. Osiecki threw for 1,487 yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions last season for Milford.
"He throws it real well," Chaplick said. "His father played in the NFL and he's got the bloodline. He's a drop-back guy and worked out of the shotgun for us."
"He was offered by UConn out of high school but he didn't clear academically," Chaplick added. "Last fall he had Ball State but he didn't clear. He's finally cleared – he'll clear Thursday when he finishes his last exam here."
Osiecki says he plans to enroll at Louisville in June.
"He's a definite 1-A player but academics have held him back the whole time," Chalick said. "But he's ready for college now. He's already lived away from home and he's ready to go."