3-star California QB will make weekend visit

InsideTheVille.com spoke with Scout.com three-star quarterback Matt Wabby of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California about his official visit with Louisville this weekend. Prospect video included.

The search for a quarterback for this recruiting class has been all over the map for the Louisville football coaching staff. They've taken looks at solid prospects from Michigan, Florida, Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia and elsewhere. Now, the latest turn takes their attention to the west coast.

Scout.com three-star quarterback Matt Wabby of Crespi Carmelite High School in Encino, California, will make an official visit with Louisville this weekend.

"We are heading out tomorrow," his father told InsideTheVille.com on Thursday night.

When contacted later, Matt expressed his excitement for the chance to visit the Cardinals program.

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  • "I'm really excited about taking a visit to Louisville," he said. "Louisville is a great school in all aspects and not just in football. I'm excited about seeing the campus because a couple of my coaches have been there and they really liked it. Really, it's just a privilege to have a chance to visit a school like Louisville."

    The Cardinals became aware of the west coast prospect through a relationship with former U of L quarterback Eddie Miller, a long-time friend of Wabby's, which led to a phone call from the head coach.

    "Coach Petrino called and asked us to send him some film," his father explained. "I FedEx'd him the video last Tuesday and two days later he called to invite him on an official visit."

    The 6-foot-3, 220-pound quarterback, who threw for 2,500 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, helped guide his team to back-to-back section titles and was named 2nd Team All-State. He also rushed for 220 yards and six additional scores.

    "I'm smart," said Wabby when asked to describe his strengths. "I have a really good understanding of what defenses are trying to do. From watching film a lot I know how to check for tendancies of different defenses. I also believe that I have a strong enough arm to be a successful quarterback on the next level. I also play baseball and I'm throwing in the low-90's."

    While he prefers to sit in the pocket to find an open receiver, Wabby does has deceptive speed and isn't afraid of taking on tacklers should he need to run.

    "I'm not one of those quarterbacks that is going to run and make people miss," he said. "I'm bigger so I'm just going to run and if someone gets in the way then I'm going to hit them. I'm not afraid to take a big hit - I get right up when it happens."

    Wabby currently claims no solid Division I offers, but continues to receive interest from a number of programs. Mississippi State has also expressed recent interest in Wabby, while Cal, Nevada, Pittsburgh and Utah have also given attention.

    When asked if he thought his son might draw a scholarship offer during his trip east, Walt Wabby said that he'd rather not speculate. "I don't want to jinx it."

    Stay tuned to InsideTheVille.com for a follow up interview with Matt Wabby following his weekend trip.

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