Has U of L found an incoming running back?

With a stable of running backs loaded with talent returning next season, it was beginning to appear that the Cardinals coaching staff might not sign a runningback in the 2005 recruiting class. However, InsideTheVille.com has learned that the U of L coaches have other plans.

When Fairdale High School's Maurice Grinter verbally committed to Louisville in May the speculation was that the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect would eventually find his way into the Cardinals linebacking unit.

However, according to Grinter, who made his official visit to Louisville over the weekend, that isn't going to be the case.

"I met with Coach Nord one-on-one [Sunday] morning," explained the Scout.com 3-star athlete. "He told me that they are going to have me playing running back. I like that."

By moving the All-State performer into the Cardinals backfield, it gives head coach Bobby Petrino an athlete with size similar to that of NFL-bound Eric Shelton when he left Lexington's Bryant Station High School for a career in college football.

While it is common for incoming freshmen to move to different positions from which they came, for Grinter it isn't anything new.

"I like playing running back and I've done it a lot, so I should be okay," explained Grinter, who was hosted by Mario Urrutia on his visit to U of L.

As a senior at Fairdale, Grinter was the Bulldogs main offensive threat and rushed for 1,467 yards and 15 touchdowns.

It also shouldn't come as a surprise to Cardinal fans, as Coach Petrino's 'feed the studs' philosophy would almost predict such a decision.

Grinter, a finalist for Mr. Football, is also a standout basketball player and is currently averaging a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds a game.

"I'd still like to play basketball there, but I haven't talked about it with any of the coaches yet," Grinter said.

In the meantime, Grinter will begin his career as a Cardinal working alongside Michael Bush, Kolby Smith, George Stripling and Reggie Bradshaw in what should once again develop into one of the nation's top backfields.


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