College Football Recruiting: Louisville Cardinals Get Versatile Power Back in 2014 Class

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As the Louisville Cardinals prepare to make the move to the ACC in 2014, Charlie Strong will be looking to bring in even better talent on the recruiting trail to continue building the program up into a national contender. He may have struck a major win in that regard with the Cardinals’ latest verbal commit as the No. 1 fullback in the 2014 class, Daniel Gresham, brings his versatile skill-set back to his home state.

Gresham grew up as a Louisville fan, spending several years in the state of Kentucky before moving to Texas where he has played his prep career. The 5-foot-11, 229-pound former Texas Longhorns commit made his childhood dreams come true when he committed to the Cardinals and will be a huge asset to Louisville as they make the transition into a new conference.

The four-star back is strong and powerful with a bench-press of 345 pounds and a squat of 650 pounds.  That strength makes him a force as a lead blocker, a skill he carries over from his days as an offensive lineman. But he also has the quickness and agility to carry the ball himself as a running back. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at an astounding 4.53 seconds.

That combination of speed and power will make him the future of the Louisville running game. If he continues to develop as a ball carrier and becomes a threat in the open field, Gresham could become an unstoppable force out of the backfield. He has the size and strength to move the pile and gain those tough yards between the tackles, the technique to be a solid lead blocker and the speed to take it to the house if he breaks free.

That leaves just one question; how quickly can Gresham make his presence felt at the next level?

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