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Louisville offers massive lineman

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Jacksonville (Fla.) Creekside offensive tackle Jordan Swindle has been waiting for that first offer to roll in. On Wednesday, the 6-foot-7, 295-pound lineman got the call. It came from the Louisville Cardinals.
"I found out today that they offered, around 3 p.m.," Swindle said. "My coach called them - I think they had been talking earlier - and he spoke with them for a few minutes. He told me before he called that I was about to get my first offer. After he talked with them, he gave the phone to me and I spoke with Larry Slade for about 10 minutes. He told me they were offering me."
For the North Florida prospect, that first official offer lifted a big weight off his shoulders.
"It was an awesome feeling," Swindle said. "It was a relief because I have been waiting for so long."
Swindle recapped the pitch that he heard from the Cardinal coaching staff.
"They said they have a big need at offensive tackle," Swindle said. "He said that I was tenacious, I am big, with good footwork and that they like me as a player."
At this point, he doesn't know a great deal about Charlie Strong's program.
"I really don't know much about them," Swindle said. "I am going to try to get up there and hopefully see a spring practice and learn more about them."
As for offer number two, Swindle believes that an SEC program is relatively close to pulling the trigger.
"Maybe Arkansas," Swindle said. "They have been talking to me a bunch and called the school a couple times. I am also getting a lot of letters from them."
Recently, Swindle made his way to a college campus to check out another program in the SEC. He visited nearby Gainesville for the University of Florida's Junior Day. He was impressed by what he learned about Will Muschamp's program.
"The biggest thing I learned was that besides football, they care a lot about your academics," Swindle said. "They have a ton of support staff to help you learn better and assist you if needed. I thought that was cool."
"They also talked about the experience that the coaching staff has as well," Swindle added. "They are going to be real good the next few years."
At this time, Swindle didn't have any definitive visit plans in the coming weeks.
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