While the Louisville Cardinals desperately continue to search for answers at running back, hope remains that 4-star recruit and incoming freshman Colin Wilson can still be the solution in the backfield.
The Courier-Journal reported Tuesday that Wilson is “en route” to arrive in Louisville for fall camp but his former high school coach says he’s still waiting on final clearance on his NCAA academic eligibility.
“(Wilson is) on the way today. Still waiting on NCAA to clear him,” coach Josh Hoekstra of Clay High School in Green Cove Springs, FL wrote in a text message to the Courier-Journal. “… He should be fine.”
The 4-star running back took two summer classes and according to coach Hoekstra, earned two A’s, but he is still waiting for his final high school transcript.
Ranked 228th overall, Wilson was the second highest-rated player the Cardinals landed in their 2017 recruiting class according to the 247Sports composite rankings. He will be a huge help if eligible because Louisville has very little running back depth.
Senior starting running back Brandon Radcliff graduated and backup L.J. Scott transferred, leaving the Cardinals very little backfield depth. Wide receiver and former quarterback Reggie Bonnafon has been receiving reps at running back this summer and could potential be the starter should Wilson have any more trouble with his eligibility.
Louisville will also be without redshirt freshman Dae Williams, who tore his ACL during spring practice. Williams and Wilson are the only running backs on the roster that will be back in 2018, so it’s paramount that Wilson receive some opportunity to gain experience this coming fall.
Last season, Radcliffe gained 989 yards from scrimmage, averaged 6.5 yards per carry and scored 7 touchdowns.