Cole Stoudt Holds One Big Offer

Dublin (Ohio) Coffman junior quarterback Cole Stoudt was having a great year before a broken leg ended his season prematurely. Stoudt, son of former Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt, is drawing a lot of attention from college recruiters. Bill Greene caught up with Stoudt and filed this report.

Like his father and brother before him, Dublin (Ohio) Coffman junior quarterback Cole Stoudt is turning heads with his sparkling play on the football field. Stoudt's father Cliff played several years in the NFL, while his older brother Zack is a quarterback at Louisville.

Stoudt's impressive performance was cut short when he suffered a broken leg in the seventh game of the season against Hilliard Darby. Prior to the injury he had completed 90 of 142 attempts for 1,155 yards. Even more impressive is throwing 16 touchdowns with only one interception.

"I was having a really good year at the time of the injury," Stoudt said of his season. "It happened against Hilliard Darby on a quarterback draw. I broke my leg in two places, but I was lucky there was no ligament damage. I'm going through rehab right now. I don't have a cast on my leg because of the surgery. This could have been a lot worse and I feel pretty lucky about it."

"I felt I made a huge improvement over last year, especially in learning the offense," he stressed. "I'm still learning, and I have a long way to go, but I felt good about my play this year. I need to get bigger and stronger. I watch a lot of film, both with my dad and my coaches, and I'm trying to be as smart as I can be, in knowing where to go with the football."

Stoudt, 6-4 and 190 pounds, is drawing a lot of interest from college recruiters at this early stage.

"Things are pretty crazy, to be honest, with my recruiting," Stoudt admitted. "I have one offer, from Cincinnati, and I'm hearing from a lot of schools. I'm talking to Virginia Tech, LSU, Notre Dame, Alabama and Tennessee. Recently, Ohio State has talked to my dad and my coach."

Stoudt has been to Cincinnati for two games in 2009 and was impressed by what he saw.

"I saw them play Fresno State and Louisville and loved it there," he said. "I love their offense, especially how they throw the ball all over the place, and everything about them is great. Coach (Brian) Kelly is a great guy and I have a great relationship with their assistant coach, Tim Hinton. I think a lot of the UC program and they're having a great season."

"Tennessee wants me to get down there for a game this year, but I'm not sure I will be able to," Stoudt said. "I was supposed to go to Notre Dame for the USC game but my injury forced me to cancel. I can travel with my leg, but I need to use a wheelchair and crutches. I'm also on the Ohio State list and can attend any game I want."

Even though he is still in his junior year of high school, Stoudt has a good idea of what he's looking for in a college.

"I'm looking for a school that really wants me to be a part of what they're doing," he admitted. "I'm also looking closely at the type of offense they run and how I fit into their system. My education is important to me as well, even though I don't really know what field I'd like to study. I'm going to take my time and find the right school for me."

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