Stoudt impressed by trip to Kansas

Iowa Western Community College quarterback – and former Louisville Cardinal – Zack Stoudt is becoming a hot commodity as the 2010 season winds down, with more schools looking in to his recruitment every week. Last weekend, the three-star signal caller took an official visit to the University of Kansas, and came away impressed.

Zack Stoudt has been through all of this before.

He's been wooed by coaches and players on different college campuses. He's had the red carpet rolled out for him, and been shown a good time.

This time, it's all about business.

As a three-star prospect in the Class of 2008, Stoudt ultimately signed with the University of Louisville over offers from Pittsburgh and others. After spending two years as a Cardinal, however, Stoudt opted to transfer out, taking his game to Iowa Western Community College for a season while looking for a fresh start.

Once again, several programs are showing interest in obtaining his services, and last weekend, the former Dublin (OH) Coffman signal-caller took his first official visit of 2010.

Destination? The University of Kansas, one of seven schools to have extended Stoudt a scholarship offer.

"It was fantastic," he said, of the visit to Lawrence, Kan. "It was great. I really liked Coach (Chuck) Long, obviously that was going to be important how I got along with him because he's the QB coach. He was fantastic, and Coach (Turner) Gill was great to be with."

Though largely unfamiliar with the Sunflower State, like many others Stoudt had begun to take an interest in Kansas football during the run of the 2007 team to a 12-1 record and the 2007 Orange Bowl.

The Jayhawks got involved in Stoudt's recruitment approximately a month ago, when Long contacted him at Iowa Western. The Kansas offensive coordinator told him they really liked his film, and a couple of days later Gill himself traveled to Council Bluffs, Iowa to get a look at the 6-foot-5 gunslinger in person.

An offer followed shortly thereafter, as did plans for a visit.

The goal of his recent official wasn't to get to know Lawrence as a town or experience the local nightlife, as is common on recruiting trips. In Stoudt's mind, those things are secondary to factors like the quarterback situation, the offense, and the comfort level with the coaches.

What he found at Kansas was a place that he felt could be a good fit for him.

"Obviously, I'm going to have to earn it wherever I go," Stoudt said. "People have this misconception about JUCO players that they come in and they're told that they're automatically going to start. I learned that (Kansas) is a good situation for me to come in and compete in the spring and see what I can do."

One of the things he wanted to do was spend as much time with Gill and Long as possible. Having done so, he came away extremely impressed.

"That was the best part about the trip was the coaching staff," Stoudt said. "Obviously you're being recruited, but they seemed very real and genuine and nice the whole trip."

What the next few weeks hold for Stoudt is still a little murky. The University of Mississippi extended a scholarship offer Friday, and a visit could be in the works after Stoudt learns more about their quarterback situation. A visit to Louisiana Tech is also likely to occur, though neither will happen until early December.

Regardless, the Jayhawks appear to have put themselves in great shape with talented prospect.


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