Louisville renews interest in James Poe

James Poe verbally committed to Louisville two years ago. But the 6-foot-3, 225 pound running back never signed with Bobby Petrino's Cardinals because of academic problems and ended up at Georgia Military College. Apparently, though, new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe is interested in Petrino's old recruit.

James Poe verbally committed to Louisville two years ago. But the 6-foot-3, 225 pound running back never signed with Bobby Petrino's Cardinals because of academic problems and ended up at Georgia Military College.

When Petrino left Louisville in January for the Atlanta Falcons, Poe, who Louisville placed at GMC, thought all was lost with Louisville, the team he wanted to play for coming out of Freedom High School in Orlando, Florida last year.

Apparently, though, new Louisville coach Steve Kragthorpe is interested in Petrino's old recruit.

"My head coach Bert Williams said he has been talking to the Louisville coaches about me recently and they're still interested," Poe told InsideTheVille.com. "My coach has been talking back and forth with Louisville's new head coach (Steve Kragthorpe)."

Poe's former high school coach, Henry Anderson, confirmed Louisville's renewed interest.

"Two of the new coaches at Louisville say that they want (James) to be a Cardinal when he finishes in December 2008 (and) enroll (at U of L) in January 2009," said Anderson.

Poe enrolled at Georgia Military College in January. He still has another year and half left at one of the south's top-football producing junior colleges before he can transfer to any Division 1 program, including Louisville.

So is Poe still interested in playing for the team he once committed to in high school?

"Actually, it would be," said Poe. "I thought they weren't interested in me since they had new coaches, but that's an opportunity that I'd take if I have the chance."

Poe said two other teams – Central Florida and Purdue – are also actively recruiting him.

"UCF is trying to recruit me and I've talked with Purdue," Poe said. "UCF wants me to watch one of their games next fall."

Poe is busy with spring practice these days, putting a hurting on Bert Williams' defense.

"We're in spring practice right now, practicing a few days a week," Poe said. "Our spring game is May 5 and we're getting ready for that."


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