Gabbert transfers to Louisville

Former Missouri quarterback Tyler Gabbert has found a new home at Louisville with Charlie Strong's Cardinals. A four-star prospect coming out of high school, Gabbert must sit out this season, but will have three years of eligibility left.

Teddy Bridgewater won't be the only four-star quarterback on Louisville's campus. Tyler Gabbert, a former four-star recruit from Ballwin, Mo., has decided to transfer from Missouri to Louisville, and will begin classes at his new school next week.

"I'm excited to have Tyler Gabbert officially join our football program," Charlie Strong wrote on Twitter Thursday morning.

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, where Louisville quarterback coach Shawn Watson was offensive coordinator, before signing with the Tigers in 2010.

Gabbert's relationship with former Nebraska offensive coordinator Shawn Watson was the primary reason he verbally committed to the Cornhuskers. Now, Gabbert will finally have an opportunity to work with Watson at Louisville.

"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 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.

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.

Gabbert also considered Iowa, Arizona, and Wake Forest. He must sit out next season per NCAA residency rules and will have three years of eligibility remaining.


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