Finch excited about Louisville offer

Louisville St. Xavier star running back Rolandan Finch just picked up his fourth scholarship offer. Holding offers from Stanford, Kentucky and NC State, the Tigers speedy back was excited about hometown Louisville's recent offer.

Louisville St. Xavier star running back Rolandan Finch just picked up his fourth scholarship offer. Holding offers from Stanford, Kentucky and NC State, the Tigers speedy back was excited about hometown Louisville's recent offer.

"I was very excited when I got it," said Finch, who received an offer from the Cardinals late last week. "I'm looking forward to going through the recruiting process with them definitely."

Despite missing four games because of an MCL injury, Finch rushed for 1,557 yards and 15 touchdowns (9.16 yards per carry) as a junior, leading St. Xavier to the state finals. One of the top prospects in the state, Finch rushed for a school-record 322 yards and five touchdowns on only 18 carries against Lexington Catholic last season.

Finch exploded into the spotlight as a junior, emerging from the shadow of former St. Xavier standout and current Louisville freshman Victor Anderson. That Anderson plays for the Cardinals could work to Louisville's advantage.

"Vic goes there and he is one of my best friends," said Finch. "He just tells me what they have to offer - good school - and tells me about the coaches and why he likes it there. Me and him are friends on a different level than only football. We're more than friends just through football."

Besides Anderson's presence at UofL, Finch has a wide ranging interest in the Cardinals football program.

"I just like the program, it's close to home," Finch said. "Everything seems good. I just want to get to know the coaches a little bit better and see what they have to offer compared to everyone else.

With offers from as far west as California, does Finch want to stay close to home for college?

"It would be nice because all my family would get to see me play but I'm just going to look around," Finch said. "If staying home happens it does. But it's not a big thing. It's more the school than me staying home."

"I'm looking for the education aspect first because football is not always going to be there," added Finch. "So it's education then football. I want to see everybody's style of offense, how they want to run the ball and what kind of formations they use."

Though Finch says he has no time frame to make a decision and doesn't appear in a rush to make a commitment, the 5'10, 200-pound standout is checking out his options closely. He'll visit Stanford this weekend and made a visit to Notre Dame last week. Finch also said he'd "probably" attend Louisville's Junior Day in April.


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