Iowa ATH holds Louisville offer

Christian French is an impressive three-star athlete from Cedar Rapids (IA) Kennedy. At 6'6, 220, French could develop into an outstanding tight end or linebacker at the next level because of his size and 4.5 forty speed. Louisville recently offered a scholarship and French says he's open to all schools on his list.

Christian French, a 6'6, 220-pound athlete from Iowa, has seen his stock soar this spring.

A versatile prospect who could play on either side of the football at the next level, French has picked up offers from Notre Dame, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas State, Wisconsin and Missouri. Recently, French also landed an offer from Louisville.

"Like the rest of them I was excited to get another offer," French said when asked what he thought of the Cardinals offer. "It gives me more options to consider in a different area and with different coaches. [Louisville] said I would have the ability to play right away because they're short-handed. So that's another plus. If I went there I would probably have the option to play right away."

French said he spoke with Louisville defensive coordinator Vance Bedford shortly after the Cardinals offered.

"I didn't really know much about the team and he sent me some stuff to get familiar with the program," French said. "He said if I could to try to make it down sometime and check out the campus. That's definitely a possibility. I'm not going to close any doors because I don't know what I want to do yet."

While the opportunity to earn early playing time will factor into French's decision, it's not the only factor he'll consider before he makes a decision.

"That's always one thing you look and consider is how quickly you could go there and play," French said. "But there are times you might want to take that backseat the first year and get stronger. Either way I'm not focused on that right now."

What he is focused on is finding a school that fits him on and off the field.

"I'm focused on what a school has to offer me in terms of atmosphere and the relationship the coaching staff has with players," French said. "Once you get there you got to stay there and you have to like the area and coaches."

French said he's visited all the schools that have offered him scholarships this spring except Wisconsin, Louisville and Kansas State. He also is planning to go back to visit Notre Dame and may visit Iowa State with his family again this summer.

"Right now I don't have any team above the rest," French said. "I'm leaving everything open. Maybe next month I'll have a list with plus and minuses of the programs. But now I don't have any order."

One of the big questions about French is what position he'll play at the next level. While Notre Dame would like to have him play on the defensive side of the ball, most other schools think his future lies on offense. French finished his junior season with 85 tackles and ten sacks and also averaged 25 yards per catch with three touchdowns.

"Besides Notre Dame, who wants me to play outside linebacker, they all want me to play tight end/receiver," French said. "I played both ways last season. On defense, I played free safety and had the ability to catch up to guys. On the offensive side, I have the speed and ability to break away from players. I probably like [playing] more on the offensive side. Right now I want to play offense but it's open."

French said he likely will make a few official visits in the fall before making a decision.

"I definitely want to take some official visits," said French. "I have no clue where I'm going to go. I'm not going to rush this decision. Iowa is the hometown school but distance is not a factor for me and I have no problem traveling. I'm going to make the best decision for me."

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