Louisville has hosted Fairfield, Ohio three-star offensive lineman Danny Burns several times already, but when the 6-foot-6, 321-pound tackle brought his grandparents with him for his most recent visit to the school, Fairfield head coach Jason Krause knew it was getting serious.
With his grandparents and other family members beside him, Burns committed to the Louisville coaching staff on Thursday during a visit to the campus.
"Since the first time he went down there, they were always at the top of his list," Krause said. "He just really liked the school atmosphere, the proximity of it to the city of Louisville and obviously the coaches and the program. He has kind of compared every place he's visited to them."
Thursday's visit to Louisville was Burns' third of the recruiting process, and ultimately became the deciding trip.
"He was really leaning towards them," Krause said. "Today he spent a little more time not really on-campus, but around the campus in the city. He called me a couple hours ago and said he was going to commit."
Through his interaction with the Louisville staff and evaluation of their offense combined with his insight to Burns' game, Krause likes the fit for his rising senior offensive tackle in the Cardinal's program.
"Speaking with the o-line coach down there, Danny's development is going to be tremendous," Krause said. "That is going to be a great fit for him.
"Offensively what they do is going to mirror what we have combined with our offense the last couple years with some run out of the spread package and being a zone guy. Danny's been kind of doing that with us."
Burns held more than a dozen offers from schools around the Midwest, and he was named the offensive line MVP at the Cincinnati Rivals Camp Series stop back in April. Krause broke down what Louisville is getting in the offensive tackle prospect.
"I think the first thing that is obvious is his size," Krause said. "His agility and the way he moves and bends at that size is hard to find at that size. His strength is already there. He is not a guy who is going to have to develop strength or size or weight - he has all the pieces already."
Burns is ranked as the No. 32 offensive tackle prospect in the country and the No. 23 player in the state of Ohio's 2014 class. He is the fourth prospect from Ohio to commit to Louisville in this recruiting cycle.