Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith compares RB signee Colin Wilson to three ex-U of L greats; says he can play as a freshman

Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith compares RB signee Colin Wilson to three ex-U of L greats; says he can play as a freshman.

University of Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith has some lofty expectations for his position room next fall.

Smith said he doesn't think the running backs will "fall off too much," despite the loss of senior Brandon Radcliff. The Cardinals return senior Jeremy Smith and have several others returning, including redshirt freshman Dae Williams, who has drawn rave reviews.

Now, Smith has another addition that he's "super excited" for coming into the room - Colin Wilson.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Wilson is ranked as the No. 2 running back in the state of Florida after his stellar high school career at Clay High in Green Cove Springs, Fla. He rushed for 3,931 yards and 67 touchdowns in his career.

"I have been working on him for a very long time," Smith said. "You look at his size and how big he is and what he is able to do with that size.

"He's so big and strong, he doesn't know how strong or how good he is yet. He's a combination of (ex-U of L players) Eric Shelton, Michael Bush and Lionel Gates."

Smith said Wilson would fit "just perfect" into the running back room, noting he has a shot to play as a freshman.

"He'll become tougher and faster," Smith said. "He has the opportunity to come in and play right away. My main thing is him coming (to campus) in shape, in tip-top shape."

Wilson finished with 4,355 all-purpose yards for his career. As as senior, Wilson had eight 100-yard games and finished with 1,466 yards and 21 TDs. He played for Team Florida in the Florida-Georgia All-Star game last June.

He picked the Cardinals over Notre Dame, Florida, North Carolina, Auburn, Clemson and Georgia.

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