With a strong desire to continue playing both football and basketball for the Cardinals, Spillman, who rushed for 1,378 yards and 19 touchdowns last season, said he has Petrino's blessing to play both sports at U of L provided men's basketball coach Rick Pitino extends an invitation to join his team as a walk-on.
"I really haven't talked to [Coach Pitino] about playing basketball," Spillman acknowledged. "But Coach Petrino told me if he [Pitino] gives me a chance that he would let me play. So if Coach Pitino says he's going to let me play, then I'd like to try."
"Coach Petrino came to my school the other day and asked me how I felt about playing basketball [at U of L]," Spillman added. "I told him that I've still got it in me right now [to play]. I feel like I can help both the football and basketball teams."
And while Spillman has yet to speak with Pitino about the possibility of playing basketball for the Cardinals, the veteran U of L coach had to like what he saw Saturday night at Louisville Gardens when the 5 foot 11 speedster led the Panthers to a 51-49 upset victory over Louisville-signee Bryan Harvey and Compton Dominguez. Spillman finished with 11 points and six assists.
It was a big, big win for PRP," an excited Spillman said following the game against Dominguez. "I think we can build on that win and use it as a stepping stone to get better."
As for the recruiting class he'll be a part of come signing day, Spillman is excited about the possibilities that lie ahead for Cardinal football. And he also won't be the only local standout joining the Cardinals fold that day, as Ballard's Earl Heyman, Male's Steven Garr and Fairdale's Maurice Grinter will also sign with U of L.
"I think we're going to be real, real strong in the future," said Spillman. "We've got some nice size and some good skill players coming in."
Spillman will sign his national letter of intent to attend U of L during a special ceremony at Pleasure Ridge Park High School Wednesday, February 2.