Gabbert visiting Louisville

Former Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert is looking for a new school after announcing his decision to transfer, and will visit Louisville this weekend. The former four-star prospect discussed his upcoming visit with InsideTheVille.com.

Former Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert will make an official visit to Louisville this weekend, and the former four-star quarterback from Ballwin, Mo., could end up at UofL.

Gabbert, 6-0, 190, is the brother of former Missouri starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert, the tenth overall prospect taken in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Rated the No. 12 quarterback nationally coming out of Parkway West High School in 2010, Gabbert originally committed to Nebraska before signing with the Tigers, where he enrolled early in January of 2010.

Gabbert's relationship with former Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was the primary reason he verbally committed to the Cornhuskers. Now the quarterback coach at Louisville, Watson's connection to Gabbert has the Cardinals in the mix.

"I'm just looking forward to the trip this weekend," Gabbert told InsideTheVille.com. "Louisville is certainly a very good school in terms of academics and football. I'm just in the process of taking visits and looking forward to this weekend visit. I've never been there, but I hear it's wonderful and very beautiful. I hear it's an awesome area and that's why I'm looking forward to visiting this weekend."

Gabbert's visit to Louisville will be his first since announcing his decision to transfer from Missouri. He has no other visits scheduled at this time.

"Coach Watson is obviously a great coach," said Gabbert. "What he did at Nebraska is very impressive. I've been to at least three camps with Coach Watson and I just like his style of coaching and knowledge of the game. He's a very personable guy."

Gabbert, who recently finished classes at Missouri, threw for nearly 3,000 yards and 26 touchdowns during his final two years of high school. He started the spring listed No. 3 on Missouri's depth chart but moved to the top of the list midway through spring practice. Gabbert, though, struggled the second half of spring drills, according to reports, allowing freshman James Franklin to emerge as the frontrunner heading into the summer.

Though the race was close throughout the spring, Franklin grabbed the upperhand with a solid spring game and was placed atop the post-spring depth chart by the Missouri coaching staff. Gabbert completed just 8 of 22 passes for 48 yards and an interception in Missouri's spring game.

"At this point, I have no other visits that are set up in the books," Gabbert said. "I'm talking to various schools, but we'll just see how this weekend goes and take it from there."

Besides Louisville, Gabbert is also considering Iowa, Arizona and Wake Forest.

"There are so many things that go into decisions and why you look at schools," Gabbert said. "Academics are important because at some point football ends. The coaching staff is also really important, feeling comfortable and them being trustworthy. And I just want an equal opportunity to play. I'm looking forward to competing wherever I end up."

An ideal player to operate Louisville's spread-offense, Gabbert possesses a strong arm, "one that observers consider even stronger than his brother's," his Missouri bio reads. Gabbert is noted for having a quick release and being accurate with his pass attempts.

If Gabbert chooses Louisville, he'd be the second four-star quarterback in Charlie Strong's program. Freshman Teddy Bridgewater was also a four-star recruit coming out of Miami last year.

Wherever he ends up, Gabbert must sit out next season per NCAA residency rules. He would then have three years of eligibility.

Is it possible Gabbert will be ready to make a decision following his visit to UofL this weekend?

"Anything is possible, but this is the second time around and you want to take your time and make sure you made the completely right decision," Gabbert said. "I think that's probably where it stands, but like I said, anything is possible and I'm looking forward to the trip this weekend."


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