Louisville leads for Miami RB

Brandon Radcliff is one of the top running back prospects in Miami and the Columbus standout could continue the Dade County pipeline to Louisville.

Brandon Radcliff is one of the top running back prospects in Miami and the Columbus standout could continue the Dade County pipeline to Louisville.

A 5-foot-10, 210-pound prospect, Radcliff was part of a three-headed running back group at Columbus last season, rushing 50 times for 475 yards and nine scores. Possessing quality burst and speed, Radcliff runs with power and is capable of being a feature back at the next level, according to SunStatePreps.com's Geoff Vogt.

Though he had to split carries three ways as a junior and didn't post big numbers, Radcliff already has offers from Louisville and Vanderbilt, and is getting interest from Purdue, Wake Forest, Duke, Miami and Wisconsin.

"I keep in touch with [Louisville] Coach [Kenny] Carter," Radcliff told InsideTheVille.com. "I've talked to him on the phone just getting to know him. He's a nice guy. I call him once every two week to get in contact with him. They like my aggressiveness and how I run the ball. They think I'd be a good fit for the running style. They like the way I run."

Louisville signed several Miami high school stars last season, including quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, wide receiver Eli Rogers and defensive backs Gerod Holliman and Andrew Johnson. Louisville's recruiting success in south Florida has Radcliff highly interested in Charlie Strong's program.

"Of course I have interest in Louisville," Radcliff said. "They recruited all the big, top Miami boys in the Class of 2011. Teddy Bridgewater, Eli Rogers, I played with and against some of those guys. I played with Gerod Holliman and Andrew Johnson in Pop Warner. I have a better connection with those two than the other guys. Louisville is a pretty good school and I know a lot of people there. It really caught my eye when Teddy went there."

Radcliff hopes to visit Louisville soon.

"I'm trying to get up to Louisville before our spring game and see how I like the school," Radcliff said. "Hopefully I'll plan a visit pretty soon to visit up there."

Besides strong interest in Louisville, Radcliff also likes Vanderbilt.

"They're a pretty school in academics, but if I went there I probably wouldn't know anyone," Radcliff said. "I really like Louisville. If I go to Louisville I would know people there and they would know me. It's more of a connection if I know people."

Is Louisville the leader in Radcliff's recruitment?

"Yes sir," Radcliff said. "I like Louisville's running style and that they use more than one [running back]. They give you a rest and don't get you beat down. They're a good team. I watched a lot of film and highlights of them. I'm pretty interested."

"Hopefully, I want to make a decision before the season starts," Radcliff added.

Rated as one of the Top 20 players in Dade County, Radcliff is a versatile back who can do it all in the backfield.

"I can do anything out of the backfield," said Radcliff. "I can catch, run. I can run away and over defenders. I think I can give a team anything that they need."

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