Louisville the 'frontrunner' for RB Scriven?

Louisville received a surprise visit over the weekend from two-star Inverness (FL) Citrus running back Antoin Scriven. Rated the No. 150-best running back in the nation, the Cardinals appear the team to beat for Scriven's services. Did Scriven commit to the Cardinals during his visit?

"I don't know if he committed or not. I haven't heard from him this weekend," Citrus coach Rick Haines told InsideTheVille.com. "I told him not to do anything crazy like committing on his visit and to come back and think about things before he makes a decision. He's got some other visits I think he's going to take. But I know that Louisville probably is the frontrunner."

Haines said that Scriven is supposed to visit Troy before signing day. Scriven has already taken official visits to Ohio and Western Michigan. "I don't know if NC State is going to get a visit," Haines said. "NC State, Boston College and Arizona State have offered him but I don't think he is going to visit BC or ASU."

Though Scriven missed most of his senior season with an ankle injury, he rushed for more than 4,400 yards during his high school career. As a freshman, Scriven earned St. Petersburg Times co-Player of the Year honors while rushing for 1,470 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"He only played 12 quarters this year due to a high ankle sprain and he still rushed for 500 and something yards," said Haines. "If he had played in Orlando or Tampa he would have probably been the No. 1 back in the state. I've coached 39 years and the only running back I've had that's better was Napolean Kaufman at Washington. In 1990, Greg Lewis won the Doak Walker award and he's not as good as this kid."

Louisville appears the team to beat for Scriven's signature on National Signing Day, which is Feb. 4.

"This kid is big-time," Haines said. "Whoever gets him is getting a hard-nosed, every down back."

"Tony Alford and I go back a way and I sent video his junior year and Louisville really liked him," Haines added. "The guy can play and Louisville was the first to offer him. Some schools like Western Kentucky and Middle Tennessee are waiting to see what he does before they offer some other guys I believe."

Louisville will make a home visit with Scriven on Tuesday. Western Michigan is supposed to visit Scriven Thursday. "I'd like to see him honor those because the recruiter from Western Michigan is a great guy," Haines said.

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