Commit No. 4 a speedy back from Florida

The University of Louisville football team has landed a fourth commitment in the Class of 2015. Citra, Fla., North Marion running back James Allen pulled the trigger for the Cardinals on Thursday. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

The University of Louisville football team has a fourth commitment in the Class of 2015 and he's a speedy running back from the Sunshine State.

Citra, Fla., North Marion running back James Allen picked the Cardinals over offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Purdue, Indiana and several other schools.

"I always liked Louisville," Allen told Cardinal Authority. "But when I came up there and saw the facilities and talked to the coaches, I knew I wanted to make my commitment."

The 6-foot, 180-pound Allen is a three-star prospect and ranked No. 71 among running backs, according to Scout.com.

Allen said U of L running back coach Kolby Smith especially made a big impression during his visit with the coaches.

He said after he chatted with Smith that was "I knew that's where I wanted to go to school. I love coach (Smith) a lot.

"I just really liked the coaching staff a lot, I loved the facilities and they said they needed some backs, so I think I fit in."

As a sophomore, Allen ran 125 times for 1,010 yards and nine touchdowns and then as a junior he ran for 845 yards and 8 TDs. He averaged 6.5 yards a rush as a junior.

Allen said early in his career he wanted to model his game after former Florida star Percy Harvin, a wide receiver in the NFL now.

"But as I became really just a running back, I liked watching Alabama's T.Y. Yeldon a lot," he said. "And I think I can do it all like that, run, catch and block. When I am on the field, I am going to give it my all every play."


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