Cards now lead for Tennessee TE

The University of Louisville football team became the first BCS school to offer Murfreesboro, Tenn., tight end Kyle Oliver. The Cardinals moved to the front of the pack in his recruitment. Cardinal Authority checks in with Oliver.

Murfreesboro, Tenn., Oakland High School tight end Kyle Oliver didn't have any contact with the University of Louisville until Wednesday.

But that's when Oliver had a surprise.

U of L tight ends coach Pete Nochta made a visit to school, watched him work out and ended up giving Oliver his ninth scholarship offer.

"I have had a lot of coaches come to school and visit," Oliver said. "It was the first time that I met them, so I was thinking it was going to be just live every other coach.

"But then he offered me, so it was kind of a surprise. A good surprise."

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Oliver, who has been a wide receiver and is making his transition to tight end, now has nine offers. He also picked up an offer from Western Kentucky on Wednesday.

Oliver also has offers from Eastern Michigan, Appalachian State, Illinois State and Toledo among others. He will make visits this summer for camp to Ohio State, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Mississippi among others.

"I'll camp at Louisville for sure," he said. "I didn't have a favorite until today.

"They're up there at the top for me now. I still have to weigh my options, but they're at the top for me."

Oliver said he's watched U of L in recent years and "knows they have a really good program, they're good at football."

As a junior, Oliver had 40 catches for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Cardinal Authority will keep you updated on the recruitment of Oliver.

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