Cincinnati Football: Louisville offensive lineman Luke Kandra commits to hometown Bearcats

Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham celebrates with offensive lineman Luke Kandra after scoring a touchdown. USA Today.
Louisville Cardinals quarterback Malik Cunningham celebrates with offensive lineman Luke Kandra after scoring a touchdown. USA Today. /
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Cincinnati native and former Louisville offensive guard Luke Kandra announced his commitment to the Bearcats last night! Kandra is the first commit since Scott Satterfield was hired on Monday.

The former 4-star recruit from Elder High School played in 21 games during two years at Louisville before deciding to enter the portal on Wednesday and committing to Cincinnati the next night.

Kandra received interest from the Pittsburgh Panthers but was focused on transferring home after Satterfield was hired on Monday and is scheduled to visit Cincinnati this weekend.

Satterfield is expected to add several assistants from Louisville to the Bearcats revamped staff including offensive line coach Nic Cardwell, who played a part in Kandra’s recent commitment.

Cincinnati Football: Louisville offensive lineman Luke Kandra commits to hometown Bearcats

Kandra committed to Louisville in June of 2019 and appeared in 13 games as a freshman. The sophomore guard played eight games with two starts this season as he dealt with an injury.

During his senior season at Elder High School, Kandra was the 6th ranked offensive guard in the country per 247 Sports and helped the Panthers reach the state championship game.

The 6’4, 315-pound offensive lineman picked up an offer from Cincinnati on Wednesday before committing on Thursday night. Kandra will have at least three years of eligibility remaining.

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Several others that entered the portal from Louisville might be interested in transferring to the Bearcats as well including freshmen linebacker Benjamin Perry and cornerback Rance Conner.

Cincinnati also recently expressed interest in former Florida International senior wide receiver Tyrese Chambers and Coastal Carolina transfer sophomore edge rusher Josiah Stewart.

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