Wednesday February 11th, 2015

A South Carolina high school running back who had his scholarship withdrawn by Louisville after committing to the Cardinals has instead committed to Wake Forest.

Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson made the announcement of Matt Colburn’s signing on his Twitter page.

Colburn, the state’s Mr. Football this season, said he visited Louisville two weeks ago and was told by Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham that his scholarship would be withdrawn because the team needs defensive back help. 

Colburn says that Grantham offered him “gray shirt” offer, which delays enrollment for a year. Colburn said he was “befuddled” by the decision after he had been committed to the school since last June.

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Colburn committed to Wake Forest over Marshall, Georgia Southern and Furman. He rushed for 1,705 yards and 27 touchdowns and added another 233 receiving yards in 13 games this season at Dutch Fork High School.

After Colburn's scholarship offer was withdrawn, his high school coach declared that no Louisville coach would be allowed to recruit at Dutch Fork High.

Wake Forest, who went 3-9 last season and hasn't been to a bowl game since 2011, plays Louisville on Oct. 30.

- Scooby Axson

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