Former Louisville commit James Allen to enroll at Marshall


Former Louisville commit James Allen will enroll at Marshall.

A former Louisville Cardinal will now be calling Marshall home. On Sunday, it was announced that four-star running back James Allen (Citra, FL North Marion) will enroll at Marshall per a report from Ryan Bartow.

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Allen is the No. 512 player in the 2016 class, the No. 43 running back, and the No. 67 player in the state of Florida per the 247Sports Composite Rankings. He signed with Louisville during the last recruiting cycle but did not qualify.

Recruited by Louisville running backs coach Kolby Smith, the program was one of 18 teams that offered him. With 26 commitments, the Cardinal ’16 class ranks No. 32 nationally and No. 7 in the ACC per the 247Sports Team Rankings. They currently have two four-star commitments in the class.

As a junior, he rushed for 1,570 yards and 19 touchdowns.

For Marshall, this is certainly a big pickup and will be a great addition to an already potent rushing attack. In 2014, they ranked No. 6 in the country with 3,807 rushing yards on 559 carries. For the math geeks out there, that averages to 6.8 yards per carry.  Marshall’s second-leading rusher Steward Butler was dismissed after an arrest in May, so having another running back to turn to will be an asset.

For Louisville, they were hoping that Allen could help them improve a rushing attack that ranked tied with Colorado at No. 85 in the country with 1,855 yards on 511 carries during the 2014 season. If there is any consolation prize, it is that running back Brandon Radcliff will be back with the team this year. The junior rushed for 737 yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

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