Memphis RB to check out Louisville

The University of Louisville football staff is now looking for a running back in the Class of 2013, offering a standout from Memphis this week. The Cardinals offered Shane Tucker, who will make a visit to U of L next weekend.

Memphis, Tenn., University School running back Shane Tucker had a little contact with the University of Louisville during his senior season.

But it wasn't until after he watched the Cardinals whip Florida in the Sugar Bowl that running backs coach Kenny Carter gave him a call.

"I was not really expecting an offer from them," Tucker said. "But he said they are looking for a running back that is fast and also kind of big and can catch the ball. He said I fit the description of what he wanted."

The 6-foot, 210-pound Tucker runs a 4.45 40-yard dash and also has offers from Kentucky, Memphis, Western Kentucky, Middle Tennessee and Arkansas State.

"I haven't narrowed anything down, but I am very interested in Louisville," he said. "They're a BCS school on the rise. I want to go somewhere where I can go in and compete and I think I could do that at Louisville."

Tucker said the only visit he has currently scheduled is to U of L next weekend. He said he would likely take a couple more before signing day.

As a junior, Tucker amassed 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns also had 35 catches for over 526 yards and three TDs receiving during his senior season.

Tucker's team lost to Ensworth in the Tennessee Division II-AA State Championship game and finished with a 10-3 record.

"(Carter) said he wants an every down back that can take the punishment," Tucker said. "As Louisville progresses more, they want somebody that can take that punishment and I love the West Coast offense they run.

"They line it up and run the ball, while also throwing it around."

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