Who is Tyler Wolfe?

Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino and quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm talk about the Cardinals newest quarterback

It took nearly the entire recruiting process for Louisville to find a quarterback for the recruiting class of 2006. It started with names such as Neil Caudle, Justin Burke, Earl Alexander and many others. Justin Roper, who was among dozens of quarterback's that attended Bobby Petrino's camp last spring, nearly committed to the Cardinals, but the strong play of Hunter Cantwell may have persuaded him to head to the northwest and sign with Oregon.

While many of those that received early scholarship offers headed elsewhere in hopes of finding playing time sooner in their college careers than they would have found at Louisville, the Cardinals quarterback coach received a late video tape from a 6-foot-5, 195-pound athletic prospect out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Days following his verbal pledge to Louisiana Tech, where both of his parents attended school, Tyler Wolfe received a call from Louisville informing him that they had a scholarship offer for him and invited him up to the River City for an official visit.

The senior from Baton Rouge's Central High School jumped on the opportunity to join the Cardinal program.

"I couldn't imagine a better situation when you look at other BCS schools that are ranked in the top 25," Wolfe told the Baton Rouge Advocate following his commitment to Louisville.

Despite throwing for 2,250 yards and 22 touchdowns and earning All-District, All-Metro and All-State honors as a senior, Wolfe continued to slide under the recruiting radar.

"He throws the ball, has good movement in the pocket and can make the different throws that you want," said U of L head coach Bobby Petrino, who credited assistant Jeff Brohm for the find. "I think he's a great find for us. We needed a quarterback after Lee Sweeny transferred. I think it's a great situation for Tyler to come in and get ready to redshirt and travel and be the third quarterback. He's kind of thin, but he'll get much bigger. He's a very good athlete and has good quickness. Hopefully, he does as well as that other quarterback we had from Baton Rouge."

Quarterbacks coach Jeff Brohm echoed similar words while visiting with InsideTheVille.com during the National Signing Day events at the Cardinals football complex.

"The more we looked at him, the more we liked him," said Brohm. "With his size and his ability to throw the ball – he has good arm strength and is accurate – and then throw into the mix that he is athletic and mobile, that's what you want. In today's game you want a quarterback with good arm strength, but he also has to be able to move a little bit."

In addition to his ability to accurately place the ball while throwing from the pocket or while on the run, Wolfe's understanding of the game was also attractive to the Brohm and Petrino.

"When we had on campus for a visit we could tell that he was a student of the game," said Brohm.

"He's very intelligent and he's kind of a student of the game," agreed Petrino, who added that Wolfe could be the ‘hidden gem' of the newest class of Cardinals.

"I really think we'll like Tyler Wolfe a lot," he said. "I think he's a guy that has a bright future."

Wolfe signed with Louisville over Louisiana Tech, Tulane and a host of lower division schools, something that Brohm believes gives him motivation to perform well when fall camp begins later this year.

"He feels like he has been overlooked, so he does have confidence which we like, so I think he has a chance to be a good quarterback for us," Brohm said.

Wolfe, who also stars on his school's basketball team, has been named to the Louisiana East-West and Louisiana-Texas All-Star games.

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