University of Louisville football coach Bobby Petrino said last week that the hot start to the season has helped the Cardinals on the recruiting front. The staff has seen a bump in the excitement from prospects all over the country.
And now Louisville has landed one of the top-rated recruits in school history.
Green Cove Springs, Fla., Clay High School four-star running back Colin Wilson has given the Cardinals a verbal commitment. He's the No. 156 ranked player nationally in the Class of 2017 and is the No. 2 running back in the Sunshine State.
The 6-foot, 210-pound Wilson picked the Cardinals over Notre Dame, Florida and North Carolina. He had more than 30 scholarship offers, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Florida State and others.
As a sophomore at Clay, Wilson ran 218 times for 1,555 yards and 27 touchdowns. He battled injuries last season and rushed 93 times for 490 yards and 12 touchdowns.
In five games as a senior, Wilson is averaging 6.5 yards a carry. He has 338 yards and three touchdowns, including two 100-yard games.
The Scout.com analysis of his game says:
"Wilson is a powerful, fleet-footed runner that flashes impressive acceleration and burst when seeing daylight in the open field. He does a good job of maintaining balance and bouncing off wimpy arm tackles, and really utilizes his size and frame to his advantage. Wilson is light on his feet with some shiftiness in his game as well."
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