Louisville's Next Big Back?

One of Louisville's main recruiting priorities is finding a bruising running back to replace Michael Bush next season. Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino has already offered several big backs and doesn't seem inclined to limit his search. Enter LaPorte, Texas standout Quentin Castille.

Perhaps Louisville's top recruiting priority in 2007 is to find a big, bruising running back to replace senior All-American Michael Bush.

The Cardinals have already extended offers to several big backs, including North Carolina's Ryan Houston (6-3, 250) and Daronte McNeil (6-2, 220). Louisville coach Bobby Petrino doesn't seem inclined to limit the search for Bush's eventual replacement either.

Enter LaPorte, Texas standout Quentin Castille into the mix.

A bruising back with an excellent combination of size (6-2, 230) and speed (4.6), Castille carried 161 times for 1,203 yards and 12 touchdowns last season as a junior. Athletically and physically impressive, Castille bench presses 305 pounds, squats 425 and sports a 32-inch vertical leap. Exactly the kind of athlete Petrino seeks to carry the load.

"It's going good, but I haven't gotten any new offers lately," Castille said of his recruitment. "I still have just the one offer from Northwestern."

TX running back Quentin Castille is
impressive to watch on film.

Despite holding only one offer currently, Castille has a few favorites in mind. Asked who those favorites were, Castille said without hesitation, "Louisville, Ole Miss and LSU."

According to Castille, neither the Cardinals, Rebels or Tigers have offered, but he said he hopes that trio will eventually come through with a firm offer, noting that they were solid favorites at the moment. Judging by the quality of his performance as a junior and during combines this spring, it likely won't be long before Castille receives a few more offers.

"I like Louisville a lot," Castille said. "I talk to their coach, Coach Nord, quite a bit. He's a nice guy and I like the way they are recruiting me. I like how Ole Miss is recruiting me too."

While several Big XXII programs, most notably Oklahoma and Texas, are looking at him as either a fullback or linebacker, Castille made clear he wants to run the ball at the next level. And he's not afraid to leave the state of Texas to do that.

"I'm looking to play running back," said Castille. "I'd like to play out of state somewhere. I just don't want to be here in Texas anymore."

Castille said he didn't have any visits set up this summer. He's also not sure if he'll be attending any college camps this summer.

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