WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — The recruit who says Louisville asked him to delay his enrollment shortly before signing day is headed to Wake Forest.
Coach Dave Clawson said Wednesday that running back Matt Colburn has signed.
"I'm just elated right now, it's a big relief," Colburn said to a standing-room-only crowd upon making the announcement at his high school. "I didn't think I'd ever be here, and it's truly a blessing. It's a tremendous feeling to know that I've got everybody here on my side."
Colburn was "Mr. Football" in South Carolina and told The State newspaper in Columbia that he committed to Louisville last June.
He made headlines last week, saying a Cardinals assistant told him he wouldn't accept his letter of intent on signing day. Colburn says he was asked not to enroll until January 2016 — a process known as "grayshirting."
Louisville Coach Bobby Petrino defended the move last week, saying "this is the one time as a college coach that you get to try to manage your roster."
"He's learned some ugly lessons from this, but I think it's things that will help him through his life," said Tom Knotts, Colburn's high school coach. "He was better than I was. He said it was time to move on and then we got to work."
Wake Forest says Colburn will participate in preseason camp in August.
Colburn said it was stressful to pack eight months of recruiting activity and three official visits into a week. But on Wednesday, he was over it all.
"I'm real excited, to know that I'm playing football somewhere, because a week ago, I didn't know if I was," Colburn said.