Top '16 RB from Florida loves the Cards

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Jalin Buie is only a sophomore at Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy but he's already receiving a ton of college interest and for good reason. Buie has over 1,000 yards this season for the Conquerors. Check out to see where the University of Louisville stands with the sensation.

One of Florida's top prospects in the Class of 2016, Jalin Buie has plenty of time to think about making a college decision.

But that doesn't mean the sophomore sensation doesn't have a favorite.

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound standout from Jacksonville, Fla., Trinity Christian Academy has 15 scholarship offers and has two schools that stick out.

"Right now, Louisville and Tennessee," Buie said. "Those are my two favorite schools right now. I really like both of those schools right now."

Buie isn't even close to make a decision, but he said U of L head coach Charlie Strong and running backs coach Kenny Carter left an impression on him.

He has an offer from the Cardinals.

"When I sat down with coach Strong and coach Carter, they sat down and explained they don't just want you for football," Buie said. "I really like that and I loved the family-type of environment.

"They want to know more about you as a person and not just a football player and I think that's not always the same with school."

U of L is on his mind a lot too because he has a pair of teammates – wide receiver Isaiah Ford and lineman Kavaris Harkless – who are committed in the '14 class to the Cardinals.

When Cardinal Authority spent some time recently at Trinity Christian, Buie said those two "are talking to me, Isaiah recruits me a lot."

Buie has started since the eighth-grade on the varsity level and had over 550 yards last season as a freshman for Trinity.

The Conquerors are 7-1 this season after a 45-7 blowout of rival Providence on Friday night. Buie had 70 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the game.

On the season, Buie has carried 129 times for 1,020 yards and 10 TDs. He also had three catches for 48 yards on the season.

"It's been great so far," Buie said. "But our goal is to win state, so until that is accomplished we have to keep working and keep going."

Buie, whose brother Andrew plays at West Virginia, said he has improved making the first guy miss with his cuts and speed.

But he knows there's still more he can get better at.

"I maybe a little behind in the weight (area) right now," he said. "But other than that there's no complaints. I'm doing a good job at cutting and making moves.

"It all just kind of comes natural."


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