Zack Stoudt discusses late switch

It was an on and off affair between three-star QB Zack Stoudt and Louisville. In the end, the Cardinals made a late run for the standout Ohio quarterback and struck recruiting gold with a commitment right before National Signing Day.

It was an on and off affair between three-star QB Zack Stoudt and Louisville. In the end, the Cardinals made a late run for the standout Ohio quarterback and struck recruiting gold with a commitment right before National Signing Day.


"Louisville offered about a month and a half ago and they wanted me to come down for a visit," Stoudt said. "Then Coach Kragthorpe decided to go after some defensive players so they took the offer away. But a few weeks ago I guess they re-watched my film and offered again. So I went down this weekend for a visit and really liked it. There were a few other things that happened with Pittsburgh but I really like Louisville and I made the switch."

Stoudt verbally committed to Pittsburgh in early December but shortly after doing so the Panthers took two other commitments from quarterbacks – Tino Sunseri and Greg Cross. Not wanting to get stuck in a class with two other quarterbacks, Stoudt considered his options, visiting Boise State and Louisville before taking the Cardinals up on their offer.

"It was really nice. I just did the normal tour that everybody else does – went to see Churchill Downs, talked with Coach Brohm and Coach Kragthorpe and just talked football, I guess," Stoudt said about his visit to UofL. "We just watched film and talked about the offense – just normal recruiting stuff nothing super secret."

Stoudt possesses a strong arm and is an accomplished student of the game. He threw for 3,545 yards and 34 yards while completing 65 percent of his throws as a senior.

"Obviously, Louisville likes to throw the ball around and I think I have a pretty good arm and with practice and film study I can be pretty good in that offense," Stoudt said.

Stoudt earned Ohio Capital Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Columbus Dispatch Offensive Player of the Year, Division 1 First Team All-Ohio and a finalist for the Mr. Football Award given to the top player in the state.

"I would say my height helps me, I'm 6-5, 220," said Stoudt, who surpassed all of Brady Quinn's Dublin single season offensive marks. "I feel I have a pretty strong arm and I think I know the game pretty well because I've been around a guy who played in the NFL for 15 years – my dad. I think I'm a hard worker."

Stoudt, who led his team to a 13-1 record before falling to Cincinnati St. Xavier in the Ohio state semifinals, said he needs to work on his footwork, mechanics and reading defenses. Ironically, Stoudt will team with three players at Louisville from St. Xavier – Darius Ashley, Greg Scruggs and Stephon Ball.

"All three of them are really good players so I'm looking forward to playing with the talent that beat me," said Stoudt.


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