Thursday, July 11, 2013
No. 1 FB Gresham still plans to take visits
By Max Olson
LEANDER, Texas – ESPN 300 back Daniel Gresham (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints) is confident that his commitment to Louisville will be the final one he makes before signing day next February.
But that doesn’t mean the No. 1 fullback in the nation won’t take a few more visits first.
“The Louisville coaches told me I can go ahead and take my official visits,” Gresham said at the Texas state 7-on-7 tournament Thursday.
He’s currently planning to join ESPN 300 teammate Demetrius Knox on official visits to Miami (Fla.) and Florida State this season. Those are likely the only two he’ll take besides one to Louisville.
“You only get this once in a lifetime,” Gresham said. “To venture out with my best friend and brother and see everything would be cool.”
The former Texas commit gave his pledge to the Cardinals on June 24 and said he couldn’t be happier with his current situation.
More than that, he’s glad all the drama surrounding his turbulent departure from his Longhorns pledge is in the past and that the attention is off him now.
“It was a lot, with the coaches and people trying to call you on the time,” Gresham said. “People are badgering you on Twitter and Facebook and stuff like that, stupid stuff. I understand fans are passionate about their team, but I’m extremely happy with Louisville and I think we’re going to go a long way.”
What gets Gresham even more fired up about his new pledge is the fact Louisville will be playing big-time football when he joins the program next year.
In their first year in the ACC, the Cardinals face Florida State, Miami, Clemson and Notre Dame. He’s as excited about playing on those big stages as he is about Charlie Strong and the rest of Louisville’s coaching staff.
Gresham also likes where this Louisville class is heading. It's currently ranked No. 20 in the ESPN class rankings with 20 pledges. He’s still hoping the Cardinals can make a run at landing Knox, the No. 11 ranked guard who’s high on UCLA and Ohio State right now.
Louisville might seem like a long shot to land Knox, but Gresham is still hoping he and his best friend can play together in college.
“I talked to him a lot last night, actually,” Gresham said. “I know what he’s thinking.”