Kolby Smith contacts D'Andre Ferby

New University of Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith spoke with Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth bruising back D'Andre Ferby on Sunday evening. Cardinal Authority has the latest on the new Cardinal target.

Nashville (Tenn.) Ensworth running back D'Andre Ferby became a recruiting target the moment that Bobby Petrino was introduced as the Cardinals head coach.

On Sunday evening, new University of Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith reached out to the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Ferby. Smith explained that the staff is currently evaluating needs and scholarship numbers, but would like to have the short trip north soon.

"I talked to Coach Smith just a few minutes ago," Ferby told Cardinal Authority moments after speaking with Smith. "He told me that right now they have number issues due to the previous commits from when Coach Strong was there. He told me that they would unfortunately have to take some scholarships away, so they can have some. He said that once all this clears up that they would come my way. He told me to be patient with them.

"I'll probably be setting up an official later on this week or next week. I'm supposed to be at WKU on the 24th, so I'll still be following through with that. I was going to set up an official with Wake Forest for the 31st, but I'll probably end up having Louisville on the 31st instead."

While others are involved, Ferby claimed that his recruitment is becoming a race between the two in-state programs.

Recently introduced Hilltoppers head coach Jeff Brohm spoke with Ferby earlier this weekend to express their continued high interest.

"I talked to Coach Brohm on Friday night. He told me nothing has changed since the coaching move and he's still high on me. That was good to hear."

Ferby admitted last week that he didn't know much about the Cardinals program, but has since spent time online doing research.

He's also familiar with the Louisville fan base. Following his three touchdown performance in the season-opening win at Louisville Trinity, Cardinal fans took to social media to express their desire in having him wear the Red and Black.

"The fan base was crazy after the game," Ferby said. "After the game I looked on Twitter and the fan base at Louisville was really high on me. Now that (Louisville) is back in the picture, that's big because I know that the fans will love me."

Despite playing in just 8 games due to an injured calf, which is completely healed, Ferby rushed for an impressive 1,322 yards and 22 touchdowns and was an All-State selection.


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