Running back Matt Colburn became the University of Louisville's eight commitment in the 2015 recruiting class when he pledged to the Cardinals coaching staff late last week. The Irmo, S.C., Dutch Fork prospect held 15 scholarship offers when he announced for the Cardinals.
The 5-foot-8, 185-pound Colburn helped Dutch Fork claim the South Carolina AAAA Division I State Championship, while establishing a new school single season record with 2,488 yards. He was chosen as the 4A Division I Player of the Year following his outstanding junior season.
Cardinal Authority spent a few minutes with Colburn over the weekend and has these five questions:
Cardinal Authority: What was it about the University of Louisville that made you decide to commit so early?
Colburn: Louisville was my biggest offer. I was really impressed when I went up there at camp. I was really impressed by the facilities. The coaches are very personable and have great personalities and all that kind of set it off.
I didn't want to turn down an opportunity to play in a power 5 conference, with them going to the ACC. They have Bobby Petrino back and he's only done great things, for that program and every where he has been. He took Arkansas from the bottom to the top of the SEC. Running backs thrive in his offense, so that was another thing that stood out to me.
I'm hungry player and I play with a chip on my shoulder. I'm extremely competitive and I want to compete for national championships and that's the vision of the whole program. They want to compete for the ACC championship and for the national championship.
Cardinal Authority: Your response reminds me of a comment by your soon-to-be running backs coach, Kolby Smith. He has been visiting family in his hometown of Tallahassee, Fla., and while there he was interviewed by the Tallahassee Democrat newspaper. Among his comments was "We believe we can win it all this year."
Colburn: That's the kind of vibe felt initially when I went up there for the day. During camp you could hear how the coaches speak and learn what they are all about. They just kind of emulated that and I could feel it.
Cardinal Authority: What was your camp experience like?
Colburn: It was real nice. I've been to a lot of camps and that one was probably the most organized one that I've been to. It was really cool. I had no idea that all the coaches knew about me. The quarterbacks coach started asking me about my tape and things like that. Coach Smith and I were joking around a lot, it was really funny. I was talking with Coach Petrino the whole time, just making small talk trying to get to know him. It felt like home.
Cardinal Authority: You have some amazing stats during your high school career so far. For those that haven't seen you, how would you describe your style of running?
Colburn: When I'm running I'm willing to put my body out there on the field. I try to be the hammer and not the nail when it comes to running and I try to play above my height – bigger than I am. There's a really intense type of nature that I have when it comes to running. It's like I'm another person. When I'm running my teeth are grinding into my mouth piece.
I love contact, but if I see if they are vulnerable, like if they aren't square on me, then I'm going to make a move on them.
Cardinal Authority: You mentioned that you play above your height. What do you say to those that do question your height?
Colburn: You can't measure the size of the heart of someone. Barry Sanders was one of the best ever and he was 5'8. A couple of the best running backs last year were 5'8 - Mike Davis of South Carolina and Tre Mason from Auburn. It's all about the heart and short people have a better center of gravity. You can't measure a person's heart. The things that people might say is just extra motivation for you reach your goals.