Western Kentucky commit D’Andre Ferby, a three-star running back out of Ensworth High School in Nashville, confirmed to the Daily News he was contacted by the Louisville staff Sunday night.
Ferby said by text message he’d talked with Kolby Smith, who was the WKU running backs coach in 2013 but has followed Bobby Petrino to Louisville.
Ferby said Smith told him Louisville has to “maybe pull some of the offers” handed out by former coach Charlie Strong’s staff, and asked Ferby to be patient while the Cardinals’ commit situation is cleared up.
Highly rated running back Daniel Gresham – a previous Louisville commit – said on Twitter on Sunday he was informed by the new U of L staff that his commitment wouldn’t be honored, which could open a spot for Ferby.
Ferby told the Daily News last week if Petrino and Louisville showed interest, he would likely explore that option before signing day.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 220-pound running back said Petrino, Smith and Mike Cassity were his main influences at WKU. Smith handled Ferby’s in-home visit.
Ferby rushed for 1,321 yards and 21 touchdowns as a senior at Ensworth. He said Petrino often compares him to Michael Bush, a former Louisville star running back who’s currently with the Chicago Bears.
“They were really big on me,” Ferby said Wednesday. “Just by them leaving, it opens my eyes a little bit. But I’ve been talking to the other guys, and they seem pretty confident in coach (Jeff) Brohm. I’m just waiting to see what happens. If they come after me, I’ll obviously give it some thought, because it’s coach Petrino, and his history with big running backs like myself.”
Ferby said he talked with Brohm on Friday night and “everything went well.” He’s scheduled to visit WKU on Jan. 24.