The 6-foot-6, 260-pound lineman from Mentor (OH) Lake Catholic has already received 24 offers this spring and could be on the verge of picking up more when he attends camp at West Virginia and Notre Dame this month.
Louisville recently offered Hounshell, who is being recruited as an offensive tackle and defensive end, depending on which school is doing the recruiting. Hounshell played both ways as a junior.
"I'm really excited about the offer," Hounshell said. "I'm planning on visiting [Louisville] sometime soon this summer. Louisville obviously has a great team and tradition, especially with offensive linemen, which is what they're recruiting me as."
Louisville projects Hounshell at left tackle because of his frame, which could easily handle another 30-40 pounds, strength (345 bench) and athleticism (4.8 forty). He's been in contact with UofL offensive line coach Dave Borbely, who has indicated that Hounshell is high atop Louisville's wish list on the line.
"I talked to the offensive line coach, Coach Borbely," Hounshell said. "I talk to him a lot. We talk all the time on the phone and through emails. He says they'll be taking at least four linemen and he wants me to be one of them."
While Louisville projects Hounshell at left tackle, several schools believe his future rests as a defensive lineman. Besides Louisville, Hounshell also holds offers from Virginia, Boston College, Indiana, Iowa and Michigan State, among several others.
"I'm not a heavy guy, I'm only about 260 pounds right now," said Hounshell. "But I can move. I'm fast in my pass blocking and I'm very strong and I'm still able to run block."
With plenty of options on the table, Hounshell isn't in a hurry to make a college decision. He checked out several schools this spring and plans to make a few more visits this summer with his family.
"I want to take everything one step at a time and see what everyone has to offer and try to make the best decision," Hounshell said. "I've visited Michigan State, Cincinnati, Vanderbilt, Central Florida and Purdue. I have a lot of visits coming up this summer."
Any school standing out?
"Not really," Hounshell said. "I'm not going to pick a Top 5 yet. Once I take a few more visits I'll probably start narrowing things down a little. I would love to make a decision before my high school season starts but if not I'll probably take some official visits."
What are the major factors he'll consider when he makes a decision?
"Academics are huge for me," Hounshell said. "Also the coach-player relationship is really important. I'll have a good relationship with my recruiting coach and position coach because I'll be with them a lot. And a big factor will be playing time – when do they see me fitting into the big picture and getting some time on the field?
"Not necessarily as a freshman but definitely as a sophomore. Louisville said they're looking for a tackle early which is a huge benefit."