Durham shocked at UL scholly withdrawal

Rockcastle County offensive lineman Brad Durham was never told by anyone at Louisville that the Cardinals might withdraw their scholarship offer to him when he verbally committed in August. So imagine how shocked he was Saturday when Louisville assistant coach Greg Nord told him he no longer had an offer from the Cardinals.

Rockcastle County offensive lineman Brad Durham was never told by anyone at Louisville that the Cardinals might withdraw their scholarship offer to him when he verbally committed in August. So imagine how shocked he was Saturday when Louisville assistant coach Greg Nord told him he no longer had an offer from the Cardinals.

"I guess they decided to go with someone else. I am just going to re-open my recruitment and look at my other options," Durham said. "They never mentioned any possibility of something like this happening to me. They really didn't give me any reason for it, and I didn't specifically ask.

"I am pretty shocked by all of this. I am still the same Brad Durham that they recruited. But I guess they just wanted somebody better. I am trying not to let this get in the way of my team being in the playoffs. I don't want to take away from that."

Durham plans to have Rockcastle coach Tom Larkey contact Kentucky's coaching staff Monday to see if the Wildcats still have interest in him. He picked Louisville over UK basically because of Louisville's recent winning ways. Now that UK is 5-4 and coming off a win over Georgia, Durham feels the Kentucky program is definitely moving forward.

"I definitely will call Kentucky. They were always high on my list. It was always pretty much Kentucky and Louisville," Durham said. "With all the injuries they have had, they are really improving this year."

Durham says his family and friends are all "shocked" at what Louisville did. "I am just thankful I have other options, and at least they told me now instead of a month from now," Durham said. "I don't have anything against them. I have no disrespect for them. I just have to go where is best for me now.

"My coach is going to call Kentucky and tell them I am back open for business. I hope coach Brooks loves hearing that. They always did think very highly of me, and I liked Kentucky. I guess this is just one of those strange things that happens in recruiting."


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