Cincinnati (Ohio) St. Xavier running back Darius Ashley wrapped up his recruitment earlier tonight. The 5-foot-8, 185-pounder has decided to head to the Big East.
"I committed to Louisville earlier tonight at about 9 o'clock," he said. "I called coach Kragthorpe and told him that I had a chance to talk it over with my family and Louisville is where I wanted to be. He told me he was really excited about getting the chance to coach me the next few years. Then we talked about the playoffs coming up for me."
What made the three-star prospect select the Cardinals?
"I really like coach Kragthorpe," he said. "He's a quality guy that reminds me a lot of my high school coach. It's also good because it gives me a chance to play close to home, but it's far enough away where I'm not right here. I can get back if I need to.
"They are obviously a great offensive team too, which benefits me a lot as a running back. Then, I like their business program. It's very good and that's what I want to major in."
Ashley has not discussed playing time with the coaches yet and wasn't sure when he might see the field.
The No. 14 all-purpose running back in the country confirmed that his decision is final though.
"It feels good to have it over with," he said. "I wanted it done awhile ago. I said I'd make a decision when I felt comfortable and after talking with my family I felt comfortable with Louisville."
Ashley selected Louisville over offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Northwestern, Tennessee, Boston College, Illinois and Indiana.