Three-star QB makes late commitment change

Louisville lost out on quarterback Tino Sunseri, who backed out of a verbal commitment with the Cardinals to sign with Pittsburgh. Tuesday, the Cards got even, pulling three-star quarterback Zack Stoudt away from the Panthers.

Louisville lost out on quarterback Tino Sunseri, who backed out of a verbal commitment with the Cardinals to sign with Pittsburgh. Tuesday, the Cards got even, pulling three-star quarterback Zack Stoudt away from the Panthers.

Stoudt, who threw for 3,545 yards and 34 touchdowns this season, is one of the top prospects in Ohio. He's ranked the No. 25 quarterback prospect nationally by Scout.com.


Stoudt opted for Louisville over Pittsburgh.

Stoudt led his team to an impressive 13-1 record as senior before falling in the Ohio state semifinals. Stoudt makes excellent decisions with the football, has good field vision and is an accurate passer, completing about 65 percent of his throws this season.

He committed to Pittsburgh early in the recruiting process but made and official visit to Boise State recently because the Panthers have three other quarterbacks coming in with this class. Stoudt had a visit scheduled to Louisville last month but it was canceled at the last moment.

"(Louisville) had great facilities, some of the best that I've seen," said Stoudt.

A three-star prospect, the 6'5, 220-pound Stoudt gives Louisville's class a big boost just one day before National Signing Day. Stoudt is expected to sign a binding National Letter of Intent with Louisville at Dublin (OH) Coffman HS on Wednesday.

"My arm strength is probably my biggest strength. I have a pretty strong arm," Stoudt said. " I feel confident in my abilities."

Stoudt comes from solid football pedigree. His father, Cliff, was a National Football League quarterback for Pittsburgh in the 1970's-80's.

Named the Offensive Player of the Year on the Columbus Dispatch All-Metro team, Stoudt also earned first team All-State honors by the Associated Press and named the Capital Conference Offensive Player of the Year this season.

"To be honest, the numbers Zack put up were a pleasant surprise," said Mark Crabtree, Dublin's head coach. "He has grown into the position as quickly as any quarterback I've had. He isn't quite there yet, but he has the ability and work ethic to make a really big impact at the next level."


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