Now Render just needs an offer from the Cards. If Louisville moves on him, Render said he's leaning toward accepting the Cardinals potential offer and joining teammate Jordan Paschal at UofL next year.
"He made a very good decision because he only had two offers and Louisville was the best one," Render said. "His decision makes me feel that if I get an offer from Louisville I want to go down there with him because he's one of my closet friends. Since he committed I feel like once I get that offer I might as well commit like him."
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Render also spoke with Louisville safety CJ Peake, a former standout at Trotwood-Madison, about what's it's like to play for the Cardinals.
"We were hanging out and he watched me workout," Render said. "What he was telling me was just to go hard because I'm competing for a scholarship. He was telling me good things about campus and telling me I would fit into their defense system."
While on campus, Render spoke with Louisville assistant Jeff Lewis – his primary recruiting contact – as well as Louisville defensive coordinator Brent Guy.
"I talked to the recruiting coordinator in my area and he told me he really liked what he saw from me," Render said. "I also talked with the defensive coordinator. He said he really liked my size and athleticism. They haven't offered yet but I think they're really interested in me and are going to offer me. They just didn't want to offer me on the spot but I think they're going to call my coach and talk with him about me."
Louisville has been recruiting Render since his sophomore year. Render said he's been in frequent contact with Lewis this spring and enjoyed working out with Louisville defensive line coach Ken Delgado during Sunday's camp session.
"I've talked to (Lewis) a little bit and he came up to the school and told me he really wanted me to come down to camp and workout," Render said. "I worked with Ken Delgado and he showed me a lot of techniques like the swim move. He showed me a lot."
On the recruiting front, Render is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. A strong recent ACT test score could help on that front.
"I just got a 23 on the ACT but my GPA is a little low so schools want me to get it up a little bit more before my senior year is done," said Render. "When my grades start coming up that's when the offers are going to start coming in."