VAUGHT: Finch in no hurry on decision

Rolandan "Deuce" Finch continues to contemplate his college choices as he prepares for what he hopes will be a state championship season at Louisville St. Xavier.

The 5-10, 198-pound running back is regarded as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and is rated as the nation's 53rd best running back. While he has both hometown Louisville and Kentucky on his priority list, he also has offers from other schools such as Illinois, Stanford, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and Cincinnati.

Finch runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds and has a 35-inch vertical jump to go with his explosive running style that college coaches like.

"Before our first game, I am going to try and narrow my list down to four or five schools and go from there. Then I will take a few visits during the season," Finch said. "I am in no hurry to make a decision. I really have not set a timetable. It could happen tomorrow, or it might be signing day (in February). It's all up in the air. I couldn't tell you when it will be."

He laughs when thinking back to a few weeks ago when a rumor started that he had verbally committed to Kentucky. He learned about the rumor when a friend sent him a text message and directed him to the Internet site reporting the commitment.

"It was kind of exciting because of all the attention, but it was also annoying. That rumor caused a lot of confusion for different coaches and schools. It was cool, though, to see some people that were really interested in where I was going call that I didn't expect to call. It just all kind of blew up, but it was never true." Finch says the false rumor won't hurt or help UK's chances.

"That excitement doesn't mean much. I like that the fans got excited, but I have to make the right decision for me. I like the UK fans. They are cool. Me being an in-state commit for a day was exciting to them. I understand that," he said.

Finch says the recent off-field problems UK had with quarterbacks Curtis Pulley and Will Fidler won't impact his decision, either.

"As far as looking at that, you can look at a million things about any school. Me as personally, I don't . I figure if I go to a school, I will do the right things to stay in school and in the football program. I have never been in any kind of real trouble in high school. I feel can make decisions to stay eligible and stay in school.

"I just want to be comfortable with the coaches, players and school as a whole. The education factor is important to me. Football can't last forever. I want to go where I will have a good back-up plan with my education if football doesn't work out.

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