St. Xavier (Cincinnati, Ohio) senior running back Darius Ashley gave a verbal commitment to Louisville on Monday over Virginia. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder is the star player for a St. Xavier football team that is 10-0 and is ranked No. 2 in the SI.com Top 25.

Ashley jumped onto the recruiting scene as a sophomore when he ran for 1,633 yards and scored 28 touchdowns to help lead the Bombers to the Division I state title. He followed that up with 1,450 yards and 17 touchdowns last year.

This season, Ashley missed nearly four games with a sprained ankle. He has returned strong from the injury, however, by rushing for 821 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a 204-yard performance in a 28-14 win over Moeller (Cincinnati, Ohio) last weekend.

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