Florida standout has Louisville connections

Joe Looney

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe traveled to Lake Worth, Florida last week to watch massive offensive lineman Joe Looney play in his high schools spring game. Looney, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound standout, has strong connections to Louisville and spoke to InsideTheVille.com about his recruitment.

Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe traveled to Lake Worth, Florida last week to watch massive offensive lineman Joe Looney play in his high schools spring game.

Looney, a 6-foot-4, 320-pound standout, has been outstanding this spring and combined with his enormous physical gifts has several major college programs, including Louisville, knocking on his door.

"My recruitment is going good right now," Looney said. "I have 16 scholarship offers at this point. Right now, most schools are recruiting me to play either offensive tackle or guard. I want to play offensive guard in college because I like to play inside and I like pulling and hitting the defensive end."

Looney's list of offers is long and impressive. Besides Louisville, nearly every other Big East program has offered Looney, including West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Rutgers and South Florida. ACC champion Wake Forest, South Carolina, Minnesota, Western Michigan, Auburn, Indiana and Florida Atlantic have also extended offers.

"I really like the Big East. It is a great conference," Looney said. "My dad played at Louisville in 1977 and I have family there. He wants me to go where it's the best for me. The fact that he played at Louisville is a factor for me. It would be nice for me as his son to play for the same school."

Looney's family in Louisville has been touting the Cardinals to the talented lineman, hoping he'll decide to follow in his father James' footsteps.

"My family tells me that if I go to Louisville I'd play for a winner and have an opportunity to win a championship," he said. "They tell me that I'd have family there if I go to Louisville and I'd like to live close to people that I know."

Despite his family connections to the Louisville program, Looney is in no hurry to make a decision. He'll narrow his list soon and then focus on finding 3 to 5 programs he'll make official visits to next fall before making his college decision.

"My coach wants me to narrow my list down to ten schools by this weekend," said Looney. "I'm still looking it over. I'll start thinking about making my decision when I've got it down to three to five schools."

Looney knows what factors will play into his decision.

"Playing time and academics are important factors for me," said Looney. "I'm looking for a school that has a good physical therapy program."

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