Cards offer Biaggio Walsh, Ali's grandson

The University of Louisville has extended a scholarship offer to Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman running back Biaggio Walsh, a member of the Class of 2017. Walsh is the grandson of Louisville native Muhammad Ali.

In late April, the University of Louisville extended a scholarship to Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman running back Biaggio Walsh, one of the top rising running back prospects in the Class of 2017.

The offer provides continued evidence that Bobby Petrino and his staff continue to recruit nationally, with prospects in Arizona and Hawaii also among those in the west that have recently similar.

As a sophomore, Walsh rushed for nearly 600 yards and 10 touchdowns, while averaging over 11 yards per carry while helping his team to a perfect 15-0 season and a state title.

"I know I have to get a lot better," Walsh told "That's the goal. This offseason, I have to go to work. I need to excel in the classroom, as well as get bigger, faster, and stronger in the weight room and on the football field. A lot of big time players graduate from here, and next year I will have to pick up some of the slack."

The Cardinals became the second to extend an offer, joining hometown UNLV, while others are beginning to express an interest.

"It's going good," he said of the recruiting process. "The last couple months Notre Dame has been talking to my dad, so they might offer. Things are going pretty well."

However, while his resume speaks for itself, this one is a little different. In addition to his impressive play on the field and his determination to succeed in the classroom, Walsh is also the grandson of one of Louisville's finest, Muhammad Ali.

While Ali, who splits his time between homes in Scottsdale, Ariz., and Louisville, has a deep connection with the Derby City and has been present for many of the U of L's major sporting achievements, his grandson has little connection with the school.

"I have an uncle that is an alumni, but that's about my only connection," he explained. "I've never been able visit to Louisville."

His understanding of what the U of L program and school will certainly grow, and the Cardinals coaching staff have to hope to be a reason for Walsh to make his first visit to his grandfather's hometown.

"I was overwhelmed at the opportunity," he told Cardinal Authority of the scholarship offer.

Walsh and his teammates are prepping to defend their state championship during the start of spring practice.

"We are looking pretty stellar at this point", he said. "This year I hope to rush for the same yards that Russell Booze did last year (1,200), if not more. Other than that, keep my head straight and keep my grades up."

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