Louisville offers imposing TN O-Lineman

Jared Duke, a 6-6, 336-pound offensive lineman from Charleston (TN) Walker Valley, was the most physically-imposing lineman at Louisville's camp. Duke impressed the Louisville coaching staff enough to pick up his first Division 1 offer.

Jared Duke, a physically-imposing offensive lineman from Charleston (TN) Walker Valley who already owns a 24 ACT score, received news Monday night from Louisville that the Cardinals were making an offer.

"It was pretty exciting," Duke said. "This is my second offer, the first was from Colombia. Coach (Brent) Myers, the offensive line coach, was impressed with how much I've improved from my game film from last season. He was just impressed with my overall athleticism."

Duke made a strong, positive impression on the UofL coaching staff last Sunday at Louisville's Senior Development camp. Duke's recruiting coach, defensive coordinator Brent Guy, called Monday and extended an offer from the Cards.

"Coach Guy is my recruiter and he said he wanted to make it clear that I have a scholarship to Louisville and they'd love to have me," Duke said.

Is Louisville a school Duke could see himself playing for in college?

"Definitely," he said. "I was very impressed with Louisville. I got to take a tour of the campus and it was very impressive. The coaching staff are all really great guys. And the facilities are probably the best I've seen out of all the colleges I've been to."

Duke has had a busy off-season, attending college camps at Middle Tennessee, Tennessee, UT-Chattanooga, Vanderbilt and Auburn. Duke has a couple more camps before he gets ready for his senior season. "This weekend I've got another Auburn camp and I finish up at Ole Miss," said Duke.

Though Duke is impressed with Louisville and was excited about the Cardinals offer, don't expect the promising offensive lineman to make a college decision before the start of the high school football season.

"I don't think I'll make a decision any time soon," Duke said. "But Louisville is high up on my list. Coach Guy talked about an official visit later this fall to come down and see a game. I also like the coaches at Auburn, they were great. And the education at Vanderbilt is hard to pass up."

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