Indianapolis (Ind.) Pike defensive end David Kenney went into Saturday's junior day visit with Louisville not having a strong background on the program, but emerged with a high opinion of the Big East school.
"I just felt really good about the college and what they had to offer," Kenney said. "They were a big sleeper for me until I got there and found out how good they really are. I really didn't know that much about how much success they had until now."
Kenney compared his experience at Louisville to an earlier visit he had at Iowa, and said the Cardinals have joined the Hawkeyes atop his early list of favorites, though a decision is still several months off.
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Helping to increase Kenney's interest in Louisville is the fact that their campus is located in close proximity to his Indianapolis home.
"It would only be an hour and 30 minutes away," Kenney said. "It makes it really easy to get there and back home, so that is a good part of it."
The comfort Kenney felt around the Louisville coaches and the feeling he had on their campus was what made the biggest impact on the four-star defensive end, however.
"I talked to the d-line coach a lot and I talked to the d-coordinator a lot," Kenney said. "I got some pretty good vibes from them. They seemed like real and genuine people. They really just said don't rush it or overlook them."
The 6-2, 240-pound Kenney holds offers from both Louisville and Iowa, as well as Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State and Minnesota. He plans to take his next trips to see a couple Big Ten programs.
"I am going to visit IU the weekend IU plays Purdue and also take a trip to Michigan, probably. That will be during spring practices," Kenney said.