Gresham headed home - picks Louisville

Daniel Gresham is headed back home for college, giving a verbal commitment to the University of Louisville on Monday morning. Gresham was born and raised in Louisville but moved to Texas when he was 12. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the commitment of the No. 2 fullback in the country.

Two months after making his de-commitment from Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, All Saints standout running back Daniel Gresham has committed to Louisville.

The 5-foot-11, 235-pound Gresham, who is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 2 fullback in the Class of 2014, was born in Louisville and went to school here until he moved to Texas with his family at age 12.

"I'm coming home," Gresham said. "It felt like the right time. I was ready to get the recruiting process over. I talked with my parents and my coaches and the coaches at U of L and it just felt like the right time for me."

Gresham told Cardinal Authority that he still has "a lot" of family in the Louisville and that played a "really big" factor in his decision. He said his parents helped move a family friend to Texas and "just loved it," so they decided to stay.

"But everybody is excited for me," he said. "My grandfather is an old-fashion guy and doesn't go to a lot of football games. But he said he would not miss one of my games. My parents phone and my phone are blowing up."

Gresham picked U of L over Texas and Mississippi, while he also had offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State, Tennessee and others. He had been committed to Texas since last August.

As a sophomore, Gresham ran for 584 yards – 7.4 yards a carry – and 10 touchdowns, while catching 13 passes for 76 yards and two more TDs.

Gresham ran for 979 yards – a whopping 11.38 yards a carry – and 18 TDs as a junior. He also finished with 18 tackles and three sacks on defense.

In an evaluation of Gresham last fall, Scout.com said, "As a prospect he looks exactly like a prototypical fullback. He is thick, strong and has a low center of gravity and is a hard hitter."

Gresham said the U of L coaches told him he could become a feature back with the Cardinals, noting that "has been my dream since I was little."

"They said they feel like 220 is a great starting weight for me," he said. "They said they might take one or two backs (in the '14 class) and they have some guys there already but I just needed to buckle down to become a feature guy.

"Coach (Kenny) Carter feels like I can be the feature guy."

Gresham said having the decision behind him is "a blessing" and now be will try to recruit some other guys into the class.

"I've always been a big fan and Louisville is on the rise," he said. "I'm just ready to hop on board. We don't want the basketball team to be the only ones who win a national championship."


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