Louisville lands 'big-time' Florida RB

Louisville lands 'big-time' Florida RB

Brandon Radcliff won't visit Louisville until this weekend, but the 5'10, 215-pound running back from Miami Columbus verbally committed to Charlie Strong's Cardinals Monday afternoon. Radcliff spoke with InsideTheVille.com about decision.

Brandon Radcliff won't visit Louisville until this weekend, but the 5'10, 215-pound running back from Miami Columbus verbally committed to Charlie Strong's Cardinals Monday morning.

Radcliff, a two-star prospect rated the No. 131 running back nationally, is ranked one of the Top 20 players in Miami-Dade County by SunStateFootball.com. He made an official visit to Utah State this weekend before committing to Louisville.

"Utah State was a good visit, but I liked everything that Coach (Clint) Hurtt was saying and that Louisville is trying to do," Radcliff said. "I talked to my family and they felt the same way. They're happy with the choice. I felt comfortable that's where I should play in college."

"I know a lot of guys at Louisville, Gerod (Holliman), Teddy (Bridgewater), Eli (Rogers). I've talked with Gerod and Andrew (Johnson) and that was a big deal. It came down to today and I just felt Louisville was the place."

Widely respected Florida recruiting guru Larry Bluestein calls Radcliff a "big-time, big running back."

"Tackle to tackle he's as tough as anybody," Larry Bluestein said. "By the fourth quarter he'll wear you down. This kid has so much speed and this year had an opportunity to show he can get outside. Radcliff is a power back with good speed and balance. When he's healthy he's one of those big-time big backs."

Radcliff is the latest south Florida star to head north to Louisville, joining recent commits Keith Brown, James Burgess, Pedro Sibiea and Gerod Holliman.

"Coach Hurtt said Coach Strong liked downhill runners and I can see myself being that type of back," Radcliff said. "I think I fit good what they want out of their running back."

Radcliff fills a key need in the backfield for Charlie Strong's 2012 recruiting class.

"Part of a three-headed running back group at Columbus, Radcliff has thick legs with quality burst and speed," said Geoff Vogt, publisher of SunStateFootball.com. He runs with a lot of power and is capable of being a feature back at the next level."

As a junior, Radcliff carried 49 times for 439 yards and nine scores. This season, despite sharing carries with two other backs, Radcliff had 105 carries for 975 yards and 19 touchdowns, averaging more than nine yards per rush.

"I'm coming up there this weekend," Radcliff said. "Hurtt says Coach Strong is coming down next week to meet with my family. I'm looking forward to that and get it all done. Signing Day we might just sign at the school. We haven't really planned anything yet because I just committed."

Radcliff held offers from Vanderbilt, Utah State, Central Michigan and FAU. Radcliff is a member of the Florida Times Union's Super 75.

"I can do anything out of the backfield," said Radcliff. "I can catch, run. I can run away and over defenders. I think I can give a team anything that they need."

Radcliff said he's on track to qualify academically. "My GPA is right where I need it with my SAT," Radcliff said. "Hopefully I can keep my B average and I'll be all good."

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