Alford's departure impacts Scriven

Inverness (FL) Citrus standout Antoin Scriven visited Louisville last weekend and the Cardinals appeared likely to receive a commitment from the talented running back this week. But a recent change on Steve Kragthorpe's coaching staff now has Scriven re-considering his options.

On Sunday, Antoin Scriven's coach, Rick Haines, told InsideTheVille.com that Louisville was "probably the frontrunner" to land his star running back's signature on signing day. By Tuesday, Haines was certain the Cardinals were no longer in the running for Scriven's services, primarily because former assistant Tony Alford left to become an assistant at Notre Dame on Monday.

"I was pretty sure that he would end up at Louisville but after Tony Alford bailed I know he's not going to Louisville," Haines said. "I had a visit with (Antoin) this morning and I can tell you that."

Western Michigan and Ohio appear the current frontrunners. Scriven is also considering taking some more visits to Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee, Boston College or Arizona State before signing day.

"He's talking about maybe taking another couple of visits because he was going to call it an end today," Haines said. "It's Western (Michigan) and Ohio right now. I don't know if he's going to visit anybody else. He's going to think about it."

Though Haines believes Scriven has eliminated Louisville from consideration, Cardinals coach Steve Kragthorpe will visit the promising running back today in Florida. Scriven will also meet with coaches from Ohio and Western Michigan this week.

"Kragthorpe is coming today, (Frank) Solich is coming tomorrow and Western Michigan is coming in on Thursday," Haines said. "I talked to the running back coach at Louisville (Alford) Friday and I said something about going somewhere (Notre Dame) and he said ‘no, I'm staying here.' Well, guess not."


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